Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Everyday brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. ~Joan Borysenko
Inevitably, there are times of stress in our lives...
Sometimes, the stress is outside or around us. We're feeling balanced, but our circumstances are stressful. Sometimes, the stress is within; we feel out of balance. When the stress is external and internal, we experience our most difficult times.
During stressful times, we can rely more heavily on our support systems. Our friends and groups can help us feel more balanced and peaceful in spite of our stressful conditions.
Our most important focus during times of stress is taking care of ourselves. We are better able to cope with the most irregular circumstances; we are better able to be there for others if we're caring for ourselves. We can ask ourselves regularly: What do we need to do to take care of ourselves? What might help us feel better or more comfortable?
Self-care may not come as easily during times of stress. Self-neglect may feel more comfortable. But taking care of us always works.
Today, I will remember that there is no situation that can't be benefited by taking care of myself.
From the book The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
Let’s practice patience with ourselves daily. Practice talking to yourself in a kind, loving voice.
Your voice will be that of a loving parent who helps a child with a new task. Your Higher Power
Is willing to be patient with you. Give yourself the same gift.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I pray that I’ll treat myself and others with the same loving patience You’ve shown me.
Day by day, we try to move a little toward our Higher Power's perfection.
So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt
for failure to achieve His likeness and image by Thursday next.
Progress is our aim, and His perfection is the beacon,
light years away, that draws us on.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 15
Thought to Ponder . . .
The peaks and valleys of my life have become gentle rolling hills.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A G O = Another Growth Oppotunity.
Gratitude in action
Gratitude is more than saying thank you. The real power of gratitude comes from making meaningful and valuable use of those things for which you are thankful.
It’s nice to be appreciative. It’s even better to put that appreciation into action by being creative and productive.
Life is overwhelmingly abundant. The way to enjoy and benefit from that abundance is by putting it to purposeful use.
In this place, in this moment, you are a vital steward of life’s great abundance. You have the opportunity, and the responsibility, of transforming that abundance into unique value.
Whatever may be going on in your world, be truly thankful for it. And then put that gratitude into action by making a positive difference.
Life’s goodness is not meant to be hidden away and hoarded. Life’s goodness is best used for making even more.
— Ralph Marston