So much to say. And so much not to say! Some things are better left unsaid. But so many unsaid things can become a burden. —Virginia Mae Axline
The occasions are many when we'd like to share a feeling, an observation, perhaps even a criticism with someone. The risk is great, however. She might be hurt, or he might walk away, leaving us alone.
Many times, we need not share our words directly. Weighing and measuring the probable outcome and asking for some inner guidance will help us decide when to speak up and when to leave things unsaid. But if our thoughts are seriously interfering with our relationships, we can't ignore them for long.
Clearing the air is necessary sometimes, and it freshens all relationships. When to take the risk creates consternation. But within our quiet spaces, we always know when we must speak up. And the direction will come. The right moment will present itself. And within those quiet spaces the right words can be found.
If I am uncomfortable with certain people, and the feelings don't leave, I will consider what might need to be said. I will open myself to the way and ask to be shown the steps to take. Then, I will be patient.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Who are the people we really like, and to be with? Most of the time, they are happy people, people who like themselves and others.
Being happy is almost the entire secret of being likable. Though no person can expect to be liked by everybody, likable people have the inside track most of the time.
How do we become happy and thus likable? We're continuously told that happiness cannot be found in property, power, and prestige. It is rooted instead in self-acceptance. In feeling loved and wanted, and in giving genuine service, maybe just in the form of very useful work.
While it may seem contradictory, even people with heavy burdens and personal sorrows can find underlying happiness. A great deal of this also hinges on our belief in a Higher Power and a confidence that we have a place in the universal system.
Action for the Day: I can be happy today in spite of things that others would consider burdensome and depressing.
None of us can ever fathom the glories and the uncharted regions of the universe.
But we can live on earth and love one another.
We can let in the beginnings of concern, compassion, consideration,
and watch ourselves grow.
With the tools and guideposts of the Twelve Steps, we can learn a little of this precious gift --
our gateway to human spirituality.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 120
Thought to Ponder . . .
The Three "C's" -- Concern, Compassion, Consideration.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
You have something beautiful to offer. You have an inspiring and uplifting story to tell.
You experience life in a way that’s unlike anyone else. You have things to say that can benefit everyone else.
You have dreams, visions, and values that can make a real difference in the world. You can give love and joy and meaning to every moment you’re in.
You can make a difference today. You can make life worth living by the way you live it.
You are a priceless, unique expression of what it means to be. Through the focus of your existence, all of existence is brought to life in a way that has no equal.
Live this day with joy and richness and substance and love. Show all of life, in fresh new ways in every moment, why it is so very much worth living.
— Ralph Marston