When men are rightfully occupied, then their amusement grows out of their work as the color petals out of a fruitful garden. —John Ruskin
What do we need most in order to be happy? Certainly we all need to be loved. Yet we need even more than that. The spirit also wishes to be needed. When we are needed, no matter what age we are, we serve a purpose for others. When we are needed, we will be loved, as well as respected, imitated, and rewarded with gratitude. Our needs are not great empty pits to be filled any way we can. They are the couplings by which we connect to those we love. Our needs also tell us what others want, and how to enrich their lives--which also enriches ours. How do we become needed? We have only to look at our own needs and give what we need to others--love, respect, kindness, and generosity. When we realize we are needed, we realize we also need others.
What do I need that I can give to another person today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
They is no they, only us .--Bumper sticker
For most of us, addiction was full of doubt. We stopped believing in ourselves. Our thoughts had turned to "stinking thinking." We didn't believe in much of anything. We didn't take risk. We always looked for the easier, softer way. In recovery, we start to believe again. We believe in the program. We believe in a Higher Power. We believe in people. And, over time, we believe in ourselves again. We become better at taking risk. We are able to stay sober because we believe,
because we take risk. As we stay sober, we can face almost anything---with the help of others.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I have learned to believe in You. Help me believe in myself. I have something to give to this world. Help me give it freely.
Dr. Bob noted that Bill W. "was a man who had been cured by the very means
I had been trying to employ. . . .
*Of far more importance, was the fact that he was the first human being who knew
what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience.
In other words, he talked my language.*"
- Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, p.68
Thought to Ponder . . .
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
Plan to succeed
Success comes from taking one step after another, with purpose, focus, discipline and persistence. To make your efforts their most effective, put together a plan.
To get where you choose to go, you must know clearly where that is. The more precisely you can envision and anticipate the steps along the way, the more successful you’ll be.
There are many factors working against you when taking each step along the path to success. One powerful way to facilitate taking the next step is to know what precisely it is.
When you have a good, solid plan, the distractions are not as distracting. When you are following your plan, you can more quickly recover from the setbacks.
Your plan keeps you focused and connected with your purpose. Having a plan enables you to build powerful, positive momentum in your efforts.
Anything that’s worth doing is also worth the time and effort spent to establish a workable plan. Plan to succeed, and you will.
— Ralph Marston