Thursday, March 22, 2012
I play while I work and I work while I sleep. I depend on the functioning of my subconscious imagination to do my work. --Edith Shannon
Our minds are never at rest. It's rather nice to know that someplace within we remember everything that caught our attention; even when we weren't conscious of it. Learning to tap into this well of information comes with lots of practice and the willingness to get quiet, really quiet.
It's our attitudes that make play of work. Keeping our thoughts and composure joyful prevents even the dullest task from boring us. Being open to the possibility that fun is an outlook we can foster changes us quite profoundly. It also keeps the channel to our interior imagination uncluttered with the negative. We will always know how to proceed in every instance if we let our inner knowing guide us. The subconscious imagination is never asleep.
My inner self stands at attention always. I will let it answer my questions and make my decisions.
From the book Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
If anything, we have tended to be people who wanted it all now. To hope is not Not to demand. --- On Hope
Maybe we were a bit demanding. Maybe we were a bit impatient. Maybe that’s why we had such little hope. Hope is believing good will come even in bad time. Hope is knowing that “this, too, shall pass.” Hope is knowing that no matter how afraid we are, our Higher Power will be with us. Hope is knowing we never have to be alone again. It is knowing that time that time is on our side. Hope is giving up control. Hope is knowing we never had control in the first place. Hope is believing in ourselves.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, in our program we share our experiences, our strengths, and our hopes. Thank you for giving all three of these to me to share.
Action for the Day: I will share my hope for the future with myself, my Higher Power, and my friends. I also will share this with someone who has lost hope.
Tying our sobriety to someone we are emotionally involved with
proves flatly disastrous. "I'll stay sober if so-and-so does this or that"
puts an unhealthy condition on our recovery.
We have to stay sober for ourselves, no matter what other people do or fail to do. . .
We need to cool any overboard feeling, lest it flip us back into the drink.
- Living Sober, p. 62
Thought to Ponder . . .
I am worth staying sober for.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
DETACH = Don't Even Think About Changing Him/Her
Make the effort
Most likely, the task is not as difficult as you first imagine it to be. Most likely, the greatest difficulty to be overcome is convincing yourself to get started with the effort.
So go ahead and make it much easier by letting go of the need to fight with yourself. Just go ahead, get started, and get it done.
Take all the energy you’ve put into avoiding the effort, and redirect it into productive action. You’re already making the effort to avoid, so simply change it into an effort that produces good and valuable results.
Don’t waste your time creating clever excuses. Invest your time and actions in meaningful achievement.
Right now, on this day, in this place, you have the power to get yourself started. You absolutely have the power to get beyond all the complaints and worries, anxieties, doubts and excuses that have been holding you back.
You can choose what you do with your thoughts, and what you do with your time. Put that power to positive, meaningful use and bring great new value to your world.
— Ralph Marston