Thursday, December 22, 2011
There isn't enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle. —Anonymous
Our lives can be like a battle between darkness and light. The darkness might be in our moods when we wake in the morning with feelings of despair. Then we can turn to the light of a prayer for openness: "God help me feel your love and acceptance." The darkness is there when we are tempted to take advantage of a clerk who gives us too much change. Perhaps we tell ourselves, "Everyone does it, it won't matter if I do."
Then the light comes as we remember that this program demands rigorous honesty, and each choice for honesty promotes our growth. The darkness may be when someone we care about is hurt or in danger, and we think, "I have to step in to prevent bad things from happening." Then we turn to our Higher Power for strength to stay in the relationship, but not control it.
Today, I can take a leap of faith by choosing an action and accepting that one small choice for the light makes a difference - even in all the darkness.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
It is possible to be different and still be right.--Anne Wilson Schaef
Each of us is special. In some ways we're all different. It's a good thing too. We'd be bored if we were all the same. Sometimes though, we try to hide the special things about us. We don't want to be "different."
But the ways that we're different makes us special. Others have a knack of fixing things. Some of us make beautiful art. Others are great with kids. Our Higher Power made us as different, as unique, as beautiful snowflakes.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me use my special gifts the way You want me to. Help me be thankful that You have given me something special to share with others.
Action for the Day: I'll think of one thing about me that's special. I'll talk with someone about it.
Somewhat to our surprise, staying sober turns out
not to be the grim, wet-blanket experience we had expected!
While we were drinking, a life without alcohol seemed like no life at all.
But for most members of AA, living sober is *really* living -- a joyous experience.
We much prefer it to the troubles we had with drinking or using.
- Living Sober, Preface
Thought to Ponder . . .
I had to get sober to be amazed.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B E S T = Been Ejoying Sobriety Today?
Embrace the goodness
Today, life is more beautiful and meaningful than it has ever been. Right now, the possibilities for richness and fulfillment are greater than at any other time.
Whatever may seem to have been lost has not really been lost. For the beauty and wonder of it all are still very much alive in your heart.
The frustrations and disappointments are possible only because you are certain of how very good life can be. Life’s goodness is real, and there is no end to how much of that goodness you can continue to create.
Love is your true nature. The more love you give, the richer and more meaningful your life continues to grow.
See the beauty, follow the possibilities, and feel the love as it flows through your world. Remember, again and again, how truly magnificent it all is.
Rise above the petty distractions and live true to the best of who you are. Embrace the goodness and make it ever more abundant.
— Ralph Marston