Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Fear is only an illusion. It is the illusion that creates the feeling of separateness -- the false sense of isolation that exists only in your imagination. —Jeraldine Sounders
We are one. We are connected, interdependent parts of the whole. We are not separate from each other except in the mind, in our false understanding of reality. As we come to understand our connectedness, our need for one another to complete the whole of creation, our fears will die.
It is often said we learn who we really are by closely observing our behavior toward the people in our lives. We meet ourselves in those others. They are our reflections. They are, perhaps, parts we ourselves have not yet learned to love. The program's message is to trust, to have faith; our higher power is in control. We are faced with no person, no situation too big to handle if we trust the program, if we remember the connections among us all.
I will look around today at others, with knowledge of our oneness. Fearing not, I will smile upon the wholeness of life.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Remember always that you have not only the right to be individual, you have an obligation to be one. --Eleamnor Roosevelt
When we were using alcohol and other drugs, we often thought that we were different from others. We secretly thought that no one could understand us. Maybe we tried to be one of the group, but we were lonely. Now we know for sure--we are different from others. Everyone's unique. We all have this in common. Being like others helps us feel safe and normal. But we need to feel good about the ways we're different from others too. We think a little different, act a little different, and look a little different from anyone else. We each have our own way to make life better for others.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be an individual. Help me use my special gifts, not hide them.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll make a list of the things I'm good at. I'll think about how I can use these gifts.
Few experiences are of less value than fast sobriety.
Too many times discouragement has been the bonus for unrealistic expectations.
. . . The secret of fulfilling my potential is in acknowledging my limitations
and believing that time is a gift, not a threat.
- Daily Reflections, p. 70
Thought to Ponder . . .
Give Time time.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S I T = Stay In Today.
Make it happen
The obstacle itself is not enough to stop you. What stops you is your assumption that you can’t get past that obstacle.
The problem is not that you have too much of this or too little of that. The problem is, you’re waiting for perfect conditions that will never come.
The achievement that really happens, happens in the real world. The things that get done, get done in less than ideal conditions.
Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen.
There will always be challenges. And there will always be something you can do to get beyond each one.
Listen closely, and hear that your dreams are calling you. Feel their pull, feel their positive power, and do what it takes to make them real.
— Ralph Marston