Thursday, March 29, 2012
Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone's need... --Mahatma Gandh
Picture yourself walking through a meadow. There is a path opening before you. As you walk, you feel hungry. Look to your left. There's a fruit tree in full ripe. Pick what you need.
Steps later, you notice you're thirsty. On your right, there's a fresh water spring.
When you are tired, a resting place emerges. When you are lonely, a friend appears to walk with you. When you get lost, a teacher with a map appears.
Before long, you notice the flow: need and supply, desire and fulfillment. Maybe, you wonder, someone gave me the need because someone planned to fulfill it. Maybe I had to feel the need, so I would notice and accept the gift. Maybe closing my eyes to the desire closes my arms to its fulfillment.
Demand and supply, desire and fulfillment -- a continuous cycle, unless we break it. All the necessary supplies have already been planned and provided for this journey.
Today, everything I need shall be supplied to me.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. --Ayn Rand
The struggle to love one another may be a daily one for us, and it is made more difficult because we are still stumbling in our attempts at self-love. Many of us have lived our whole adult lives feeling inadequate, dull, unattractive, fearing the worst regarding our relationships with others.
But this phase, this struggle, is passing. We see a person we like in the mirror each morning. We did a task or a favor yesterday that we felt good about. And when we feel good about our accomplishments, we look with a loving eye on the persons around us. Self-love does encourage other love.
Self-love takes practice. It's new behavior. We can begin to measure what we are doing, rather than what we haven't yet managed to do, and praise ourselves. Nurturing our inner selves invites further expression of the values that are developing, values that will carry us to new situations and new opportunities for accomplishments, and finally to loving the person who looks back at us every morning.
Action for the Day: Self-love makes me vulnerable and compassionate towards others. It's the balm for all wounds; it multiplies as it's expressed. It can begin with my smile.
If I am part of the whole -- even a tiny part -- I belong here.
And if I belong here, all I have to do is to find out what I am supposed to be and do.
For me as an alcoholic/addict, part of this answer is obvious...
...Therefore, to drink or use is for me to deny my higher power.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 142
Thought to Ponder . . .
The sense of belonging is tremendously exciting.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Aceptance, Belief, Change.
Follow your why
If you see it as something you merely should do, you’ll resent it. Yet when you know it is something you must do, you’ll find a way to get it done.
If you feel that the task has been imposed on you by some outside influence, you’ll find ways to avoid it. Yet when you understand how the task is connected to your true purpose, you’ll find a way to get it done as quickly and effectively as possible.
Knowing why is not merely an interesting bit of information. It is everything.
If you don’t know why, you’re wasting your precious time. When you are clear about why, when what you’re doing truly matters, you’re on the path to creating the best life you can imagine.
If you’re complaining and resisting, delaying and making excuses, you’re not following your why. You can be infinitely more enthusiastic and effective simply by connecting your actions to your purpose.
Choose to intentionally and persistently follow your why. And truly fulfill the unique, magnificent possibility that is your life.
— Ralph Marston