Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Our search for peace was desperate and unending in past years. Our fears overwhelmed us more often than not. Courage was seldom displayed. Tasks were often left half done or not done at all. Challenges went unmet. And peace eluded us.
We are so lucky that the program found us, and that we found the program! We are looking forward, at last, with the courage that trusting a higher power has given us. Peace is ours, now and always, as we go forth with the strength of the program to bolster us. New jobs, new friends, new situations may still elicit our old fears. But their hold on us is gone. We have learned that we face nothing alone. What relief that simple truth brings.
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others,
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.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89
Thought to Ponder . . .
We can make a difference. Without you, there is no 'we.'
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E L L O W S H I P =
Faith, Empathy, Learning, Love, Openness, Wisdom,
Self-worth, Hope, Identification, People.
Build a life
It’s easy to do nothing, but easy doesn’t really get you much. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and watch, but there is so very much more you can do.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Get in the habit of seeking new and meaningful challenges.
Don’t just give lip service to the things that matter most in your life. Invest yourself fully in building and growing and supporting those things with your time, your effort, and your passion.
A life that is easy and predictable is a waste of your best possibilities. Get out there, jump in, get involved and make the commitment to your highest vision of what life can be.
Don’t merely care about what you care about. Do something about what you care about, in a way that is positive, substantive, and makes a lasting difference.
Move beyond observation, curiosity and empty wishes, and do what it takes to manifest your vision and your dreams into magnificent, rock-solid reality. Every moment is your opportunity to build a life that’s rich and full, so take a deep breath, aim for the stars, and make it happen.
— Ralph Marston