Thursday, February 2, 2012
Possibilities and miracles are one and the same. --Anonymous
Many of us have seen happiness as a goal we couldn't find. When we were children, we were taught that "life is a hard row to hoe." We carried that over into our adult lives.
Seize the day - We let too many of our days just slide by. None of those hours can be replaced. Why worry over past failures if there is a victory to win? Why keep thinking about our faults when we could be practicing virtues instead?
Seize the day - Hold each moment tight and look at each one with wide-open eyes and mind. They are our lives, special to each of us. The moments pass swiftly into memory. Let those memories be good ones, filled with joys large and small.
Yesterday's unhappiness can't be changed, but today's happiness is my own responsibility.
From the book: Easy Does It by Anonymous
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
What most of us want is to be heard, to communicate. --Dory Previn
Our personhood is denied; the self we are presenting to the word is negated each time we speak, yet go unheard. "The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention." If we want attention, we must also give it. That means letting go of all extraneous thoughts when we're in conversation with someone. We cannot expect to get from others what we are unable or unwilling to give.
Being heard and hearing another person is more than just listening. It's letting ourselves be touched, in an intimate way, by the other's words. We don't want judgment, or shame, or to be discounted when we share who we are with another. We want to know that we have been intimately heard. And when we have a chance to hear another, we listen intently for the words meant for us, words that will stretch our womanhood and bring us closer to our inner selves as well.
The beauty of hearing each other is that it helps us to hear ourselves. We know better who we are when we listen to one another. Every conversation offers us a chance to be real, to help another person be real.
Action for the Day: Rapt attention is my greatest gift. If I want to receive it, I must give it.
Happiness happens when results exceed expectations.
Maybe this is working after all. Deep down, there is also a warm, small ball of faith,
always there, never dimmed, unexplainable, asking nothing, but giving much.
To define it or try to bounce it would distort or destroy it. It just is, that's all.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], pp.187-188
Thought to Ponder . . .
The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F = Happy, Joyous, Free.
The richness of today
This day, and all its rich possibilities, will soon be gone. Now is the time to claim the best of those possibilities and transform them into lasting value.
Of all the resources available to you, time is among the very most precious. That’s because there is no limit to the value you can create with your time, and also because once a moment or a day has passed, there’s nothing more you can do with it.
Raw and available abundance is streaming into your life right now in massive quantities. This is your opportunity to mold that abundance into lasting value, so you can benefit from it for a long time to come.
Live this day fully, by applying your effort and focus in meaningful and effective ways. By doing so, you will make the richness of today an enduring part of your life.
Drop your meaningless pretenses and useless worries about the future, and put your energy into living the richness of what is right now. Feel the great opportunity that is in front of you, and make it uniquely yours.
While it is still here, bring today’s richness into your life. And make this day one you can look back upon with satisfaction and immense gratitude.
— Ralph Marston