Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Nonresistance, ironically, may be a posture we struggle with. Nonresistance means surrendering the ego absolutely. For many of us, the ego, particularly disguised as false pride, spurred us on to struggle after struggle. "Can't they see I'm right?" we moaned, and our resistance only created more of itself. Conversely, flowing with life, "bubbling" with the ripples, giving up our ego, releases from us an energy that heals the situation that smoothes the negative vibrations in our path. Peace comes to us. We will find serenity each time we willingly humble ourselves.
Action for the Day: Resistance is more familiar. Nonresistance means growth and peace. I'll try for serenity today.
If you really listen (not just hear) what is being said,
you may find the person talking has quietly slipped inside your head
and seems to be describing the landscape there --
the shifting shapes of nameless fears, the color and chill of impending doom --
if not the actual events and words stored in your brain.
- Living Sober, p. 85
Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to listen; listen to learn.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
E S H = Experience, Strength and Hope.
Raise those expectations
After life has dealt you a setback, it may seem reasonable to lower your expectations. And yet, it is in fact just as reasonable, and much more advisable, to raise those expectations.
What has already happened has indeed set the stage for what is to come. However, your past does not have to control your future, because you can control and direct what you do right now.
If you visualize and expect more disappointment, you’re sure to get it. But you don’t want to do that.
Instead, use this moment to break the pattern. Stop looking down on what has been, and choose to look upward to the best that can be.
You are more experienced, more knowledgeable, and more determined than ever before. So raise your expectations accordingly.
Form your expectations based on the best you know you can be. Feel the power of your most treasured dreams as you enthusiastically bring those dreams to life.
— Ralph Marston