Wednesday, January 22, 2012
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. —Seneca
When we reach a stressful time in our lives, our vision gets narrow. We fail to see the options and possibilities we have. If we give ourselves over to our worries and fears, our sight closes down even further. Finally, we reach the point of blindness to reality and to all the support around us. In our fearful blindness we say with conviction, "This is too difficult! There is nothing I can do."
The spiritual man strives to keep one eye on the horizon, even in a worrisome situation. He breaths deeply so he does not tighten up or closes off his exchange with the world. He returns to the relationship he has with his Higher Power, trusting the process to carry him through, and he opens his eyes to quietly take in the possibilities before him.
Close to my Higher Power, I have a place of calm in the midst of difficulty and see the possibilities and dare to act upon them.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's,
but when an honest effort is made "to practice these principles in all our affairs,"
well-grounded AA's seem have the ability, by our Higher Power's grace,
to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith.
We have seen AA's suffer lingering illness with little complaint,
and often in good cheer.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 114
Thought to Ponder . . .
The will of my Higher Power will never take me where the grace of my Higher Power will not protect me.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = His Ever-Loving Presence.
Do what matters