Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that's why it is called the present. ― Alice Morse Earle
Living in the Present
The present moment is all we have. Yes, we have plans and goals, a vision for tomorrow. But now is the only time we possess. And it is enough.
We can clear our mind of the residue of yesterday. We can clear our mind of fears of tomorrow. We can be present, now. We can make ourselves available to this moment, this day. It is by being fully present now that we reach the fullness of tomorrow.
Have no fear, child, a voice whispers. Have no regrets. Relinquish your resentments. Let Me take your pain. All you have is the present moment. Be still. Be here Trust.
All you have is now. It is enough.
Today, I will affirm that all is well around me, when all is well within.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
We are moving toward greater understanding of life's mysteries with each experience. As today unfolds, we can be moved by the adventures. What we experience is ours alone and will contribute to the unfolding of our special destiny. We move forward, only forward. The doors behind us are closed forever.
Facing what comes to us, with strength, is a gift from this program we share. Letting go of the yesterdays and the last years is another gift offered by this program. And trust that what we face along with what we let go will weave the pattern of our rightful unfolding--that is the ultimate gift given to us by this program.
Action for the Day: I need never go back again. I am spared that. My destiny lies in the future. And I can be certain it will bring me all that I desire, and more.
Until I could honestly look at myself and see that I was the problem
in many situations and react appropriately inside and out;
until I could discard my expectations and understand
that my serenity is directly proportional to them,
I could not experience serenity and sound sobriety.
- Daily Reflections, p. 71
Thought to Ponder . . .
My disappointments are equal to my expectations.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Accountable Actions.
The only sure way to avoid disappointment is to avoid doing anything with your life. But then that would be the ultimate disappointment.
When you step forward, you will occasionally encounter disappointment. However, if you never step forward, your whole life will be a disappointment.
Disappointment happens, and yet it never has to stop you. Disappointment, as painful as it may be, is a normal part of a rich, successful and fulfilled life.
Things are not always going to go your way. Fortunately, no disappointment has to be permanent, because you can always pick yourself up and move positively forward from it.
Right now, every disappointment you’ve ever known is in your past. Right now, you have the opportunity to learn powerful, positive lessons from both the triumphs and the disappointments, and to find new energy for following your dreams.
Don’t take the disappointments personally, but rather, take them in stride. Then rise quickly above them, knowing that you have more and more of what it takes to bring true richness and fulfillment to your life.
— Ralph Marston