Wednesday, February 1, 2012
You were there when I needed you. You stood above all of the others with your strength and you guided me. To each of you I offer my being, my love and all that I am. —Deidra Sarault
Each of us is guided while we act as guides to one another, throughout the day, throughout our lives. We are interdependent. Everywhere we look, someone is learning from us and we from them. We often know not what we give, when we give it. And we seldom realize the value of what we're receiving at the time we accept it.
Resistance to what another person is offering us may be our natural response. But the passage of time highlights the value of the experience. We can look for the comforters in our lives. They are there offering us strength and hope enough to see us through any difficulty.
We need both the rough times and the soft shoulders of a friend. They contribute equally to the designs our lives are weaving. The rough times press us to pray, to reach out to others for solace. And our pain gives others the chance to heal our wounds. We are all healers offering strength. And we all need healing.
One of the greatest gifts of my life is giving and receiving strength.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
One thing we don't need in our lives is garbage from the past. Yet many of us say that old thoughts and bitter memories often sneak devilishly back to spoil what should have been a pleasant day. Why do we let garbage from the past befoul our lives a second time?
Computer programmers use a certain expression when their systems turn up errors: "GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT." If you feed erroneous, useless information into a computer, that's what you get back.
There is no benefit in bringing back old garbage. We can't change the past. We can't change our mistakes by brooding about them, and we can't obtain justice by remembering how badly we were treated or by plotting revenge. When we bring back garbage, we allow it to occupy space that should be devoted to constructive and positive things.
If we don't want garbage in our lives, let's not put it there by bringing up matters that should have been released, forgiven, and forgotten.
Action for the Day: I will keep my mind on the present, knowing that a positive attitude will help me make the best of the opportunities that come to me.
Somewhat to our surprise, staying sober turns out not to be the grim,
wet-blanket experience we had expected! . . .
But for most members of AA, living sober is *really* living -- a joyous experience.
We much prefer it to the troubles we had with drinking.
- Living Sober, Preface
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
PACE = Positive Attitudes Change Everything
Make the troubles irrelevant
If something is troubling you, or doesn’t agree with you, don’t fight it. Instead, make it irrelevant.
Create so much goodness in your life that it more than offsets the difficulties. Rather than fighting against the troubles on their level, rise above them to a level where they don’t have an impact.
Yes, you can do it. Because you have the powerful, amazing ability to direct your focus, your attention and the entirety of your spirit in any way you choose.
There are all sorts of negative things in life that you simply can’t do anything to erase. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because you can create a more positive and compelling alternative to each of them.
The troubles in life are very real, and yet they never have to get you down. Because you can choose to raise your spirit higher, and then bring the rest of the world along with you.
Instead of fighting against what you fear, build and nurture and strengthen what you love. Put so much love, joy, goodness and beauty in your life that there’s no room left for fear.
— Ralph Marston