Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Only people who have joyfully accepted themselves can take all the risks and responsibilities of being themselves. —John Powell
If we have ever gone to school with a black eye, we know how embarrassing it can be. We feel self-conscious and ill at ease. Friends come up to us one after another to ask how we got it. We may want to stay away from people until the eye is better. All of us have things about ourselves we have a hard time accepting. It doesn't have to be as unusual as a black eye. We may think we're too big, too little, too slow, not good readers, not good looking enough, or not popular enough.
We may need to talk about these things with someone else, so these bits of ourselves we don't accept won't limit our freedom to grow. By talking to another, we may find those traits aren't noticed by anyone but ourselves. We may also find that what we once thought of as weak points can be turned to strengths.
What weakness can I turn to a strength today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
We are guaranteed experiences that are absolutely right for us today. We are progressing on schedule. Even when our personal hopes are unmet, we are given the necessary opportunities for achieving those goals that complement our unique destinies.
Today is full of special surprises, and we will be the recipient of the ones which are sent to help us grow--in all the ways necessary for our continued recovery. We might not consider every experience a gift at this time. But hindsight will offer the clarity lacking at the moment, just as it has done in many instances that have gone before.
We are only offered part of our personal drama each day. But we can trust our lives to have many scenes, many acts, points of climax, and a conclusion. Each of us tells a story with our lives, one different from all other stories and yet necessary to the telling of many other stories too. The days ahead will help us tell our story. Our interactions with others will influence our outcomes and theirs. We can trust the drama and give fully to our roles.
Action for the Day: Every day is a gift exchange. I give, and I will receive.
Life is meant to be lived by facing the challenges it brings.
Otherwise, I'm not living, just existing.
My Higher Power didn't give me this gift of sobriety to sit in a rocking chair,
imagining myself as some wise old woman who has arrived somewhere.
There is no easier, softer way. . . .
The teaching I receive in AA about courage and love
helps me to continue to grapple with the challenges of life
as they are given to me, one day at a time.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 320
Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is a gift, the price of which is eternal vigilance.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Aware.
In this unique moment
This is a precious and irreplaceable day in your unique, one-of-a-kind life. Make sure to make good and worthy use of it.
This is your chance to live with richness, meaning and fulfillment. This is when you can joyfully express the outstanding beauty and value of who you are.
This is your time to imagine the very best of what is possible, and then to make it happen. This is when you can give real, meaningful substance to your life.
Today is the culmination of all you’ve ever been. Today is the beginning of the best that you can be.
In this unique moment be true, be honest, be authentic, and be joyful. Let your life come more fully to life than ever before.
This is your day, your moment to live, so do it with passion and purpose and love.
— Ralph Marston