A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song. —Joan Walsh Anglund
Each of us has a song to sing, just as birds do. Part of knowing who we are is appreciating our own songs. Are our songs gentle like the robins, or are we brilliant leaders like the bluejay? Are we easy to be around like the sparrow, or do we radiate joy and laughter like the loon?
Each of these birds has something special to offer. So do we, with our own unique personalities and talents. What a waste it would be if the loon never dashed across the lake because he wanted to be a robin instead. It is important to learn who we are and to believe we are special in our own way. We give joy to the world around us when we sing our own songs.
Have I listened to my own song lately?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Life didn't promise to be wonderful. ---Teddy Pendergrass
Life doesn't promise us anything, except a chance. We have a chance to live any way we like. No matter how we choose to live, we'll have pain and we'll have joy. And we can learn from both.
Because of our recovery, we can have life's biggest wonder---love. We share it in a smile, a touch, a phone call, or a note. We share it with our friends, our partners, our family. Life didn't promise to be wonderful, but it sure is full of little wonders! And we only have to open up and see them, feel them, and let them happen.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me see the wonders of life today, in nature, in people's faces, in my own heart.
Action for the Day: I can help make a wonderful things happen for others, with a smile, a greeting, a helping hand. What "little" things will I do for somebody today?
A New Beginning
I knew I had to have a new beginning, and this beginning had to be here.
I could not start anywhere else. I had to let go of the past and forget the future.
As long as I held on to the past with one hand
and grabbed at the future with the other hand,
I had nothing to hold on to today with. So I had to begin here, now.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 46
Thought to Ponder . . .
Let it begin with me.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time
Achievement is not generic. In order to achieve, you must achieve something specific.
If you seek true fulfillment, you have to precisely define what that fulfillment looks like. Being successful means being successful in some particular endeavor.
Instead of just wishing for a better life or wishing for a more pleasant situation, be specific. An essential part of getting what you desire is clearly expressing what you desire.
To make your dreams real, give them rich and compelling details. Be specific, to such a degree that you can literally touch those dreams from where you are.
Life’s abundance is infinitely flexible and malleable. Your job is to shape that abundance into something truly meaningful.
There is no shortage of energy and raw material for you to work with. Be specific about what you desire, and bring those desires to life.
— Ralph Marston