Love doesn't just sit there like a stone: it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. --Ursula K. Le Guin
Everyone could use a new batch of love every day. Way too often, we forget to make a new batch. Then we end up eating hard, old, crumbly stuff that doesn't even taste good. We forget to talk with the people we love. We tell ourselves that they should "know" we love them, even if we haven't called to connect with them for a long time. So we expect them to live off hard, old, dry crumbs too!
But baking a fresh batch of love is a lot easier than baking bread. All we have to do is make a phone call, write a letter or an email, or stop by our mom's house. We need to deliver the message that the people we love are important. What could be easier or more rewarding?
Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, help me remember that love is a verb - something I do, not something that can be given once and stored forever. Help me be active in loving the important people in my life.
I will make it a point to make a fresh batch of love today and deliver it - in person or in a phone call, email, or letter.
From the book God Grant Me... by Anonymous
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. --Erica Jong
There was a time when we didn't believe we had any talents. We couldn't imagine we had any purpose or any gift to give to the world. But it's true: We all have talents, many of them. If we each haven't yet discovered ours, we soon will. With time and the Steps and friends, we will be encouraged to recognize them, to celebrate them, to cultivate them, to dare to give them away.
Utilizing our talents fully, which is part of life's bigger plan, may lead us to new jobs, new friends, to places presently unknown. The prospect of new horizons may excite us. It may also elicit dread. We can trust that, just as we are given no problems too big to handle, we are given no talents too great to develop. The strength to move ahead will always be available if we have faith.
Action for the Day: I will look for my talents today. I will also look for talents in my friends. I can celebrate them, and soon the way to use them will become clear.
I am grateful not only for sobriety,
but for the quality of life my sobriety has bought.
My Higher Power has been gracious enough to give me sober days
and a life blessed with peace and contentment,
as well as the ability to give and receive love, and the opportunity to serve others --
in our Fellowship, my family and my community.
For all of this, I have a "full and thankful heart."
- Daily Reflections, p. 93
Thought to Ponder . . .
I have learned how a heart full of gratitude feels.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = Found Always In Trusting Her/Him.
Simple, magnificent miracle
If you’re not happy, it’s because you’ve convinced yourself not to be. If you’re not overwhelmingly joyful at the prospect of living this very moment, your thoughts of negativity are covering up that natural joy.
Your existence is real, it is now, and it is amazing. Your life is inherently fulfilling, and a source of limitless wonder and joy.
That joy is yours simply by allowing it. That fulfillment is yours simply by living it as it unfolds.
You don’t need to first accumulate a lot of possessions, relationships, experiences or power. All you have to do is to quit fighting and to quit denying the beautiful, unique spirit that is alive in you.
Let go of all thoughts to the contrary, and experience how truly beautiful your life already is. Delight in the simple, magnificent miracle of your existence.
Feel the joy that is always there, ready to flow out from you in limitless measure. Let go of the conditions and limits you’ve placed on happiness, and let that happiness easily and naturally fill your world.
— Ralph Marston