To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives; it is the only way we can leave the future open. —Lillian Smith
Today stands before us, ready for our involvement. And it will offer us opportunities for personal growth and occasions to help another make progress on their path to the future. Challenges are to be expected. They further our purpose. They foster our maturity.
How different it is, for many of us, to look forward to today with secure anticipation, to trust in what the future holds! We can still remember, all too vividly perhaps, the darker periods in our lives, periods that seemed to hold no promise; a time when we dreaded the future, fearing it would only compound those awful times.
The fear and the dread are not gone completely. They hover about us, on occasion. They no longer need to darken all of a day, however. We can recognize their presence as parts of our whole, not all of it. How free we are, today! Our choices are many.
I can step toward today with assurance, reaching out to others along the way, trusting that my accumulated steps add stability to my future.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Letting go can be a gentle process. Our trust in our higher power and our faith that good will prevail, in spite of appearances, eases the process. And we must let each experience end, as its moment passes, whether it is good or bad, love or sorrow. It helps to remember that all experiences contribute to our growth and wholeness. No experience will be ignored by the inner self who is charting our course. All are parts of the journey. And every moment has a gentle end, but no moment is forgotten.
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover,
to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you,
to have a host of friends -- this is an experience you must not miss.
We know you will not want to miss it.
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other
is the bright spot of our lives.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89
Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is the adventure of a lifetime.
And it begins the moment we ask for help.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = Tears, Laughter, Caring.
Get through it
On the other side of the challenge is value. Get through it, and get the value.
Though the effort makes you weary, it also makes you strong. Get through it, and enjoy the full benefit of that strength.
You’ve already made it this far, and you’ve already established some good momentum. To get through it, just keep going.
Keep going, though the urge to quit may be strong. Keep going, get through it and get the rewards you’ve earned.
Get through it, not by fighting but by accepting and persisting in each moment. Get through it, not with resentment for what you must do but with gratitude for what you can accomplish.
You have what it takes, because what it takes is simply making one step, and then the next, and then the next. Step forward, get through it, and bring your.