Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. —William James
Before Orville and Wilbur Wright ever flew the first airplane at Kitty Hawk, they believed flight was possible. They had a picture of it in their minds. The first step in creating anything is to be able to picture it in our minds. If we can picture it as a possibility, we can work to make it happen.
When we were small, we dreamed a thousand dreams about what could happen in our lives. Anything, even magical things, seemed like they could happen, and our world was full of visions. That part of us that believes wonderful, magical things can happen is still in us. It may have been beaten down for a while, but it is still there waiting to help us seek the wonderful, lovely, and good things in life.
Which of my dreams can I work toward today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
The strongest of all warriors are these two--Time and Patience. -Leo Tolstay
One of the first things we learn about in recovery is time. Before, we may have tried to control time by Pushing it along. We tried to hurry everything and everybody. We wanted our "quick fix." But the
program tells us to slow down. Easy Does It.
We probably couldn't picture ourselves staying sober for the rest of our life. So we were told to just work at staying sober today. We learned to work our program One Day at a Time. We were thought that time can be our friend. Times is our Higher Power's way of not having everything happen at once.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, you are my teacher. You are in charge of the lesson. Help me accept this. Teach me how to use my time wisely.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll list five ways I use my time in ways that aren't helpful to me. I'll work at making time my friend.
We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts
cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives.
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse;
we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 114
Thought to Ponder . . .
When I choose the behavior, I choose the consequences.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes
Making a difference
The world can always benefit from more achievement. And you are just the person to make that achievement happen.
Life is all about making a difference. And you are in a position right now to make a positive difference in life.
This day, this situation is filled with many challenges and problems. And behind each challenge, behind each problem, are valuable opportunities.
The surest and most positive way forward is through meaningful achievement. Make a difference that truly means something to you, and you’ll lift up all of life.
It’s not selfish or greedy to achieve your most deeply felt desires. What’s selfish is to do nothing, to accept less than you could be, when you could be making a difference.
Make the commitment, make the effort, make a difference, and achieve. Lift your own life higher, and pull all of life along with you.
— Ralph Marston