Twenty-Four Hours a Day
I remember when I bought my first Big Book.
I was told by an old-timer that "meetings are the icing on the cake,
but the Big Book is the meat in the sandwich."
The AA's who were standing around the literature table
all nodded knowingly at this metaphor.
I realize now just how true those words were.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 193
Thought to Ponder . . .
Walk softly and carry a Big Book.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E A R T = Healing, Enjoying, And Recovering Together.
Beyond the challenge
Before you focus on the obstacles and difficulties, think about the rewards you’ll bring into your life by getting past those difficulties. Before you consider all the effort that’s involved, consider what you have the opportunity to achieve with that effort.
Certainly there are challenges facing you. To get yourself successfully through them, make sure you have a strong, meaningful, compelling reason.
Imagine, with all the richness you can give it, how good life will be on the other side of the challenge. Let your imagination give good, solid purpose to the strength that will carry you beyond the challenge.
When your authentic purpose is aligned with your efforts, you will absolutely find a way to be highly effective in those efforts. You’ll have the strength and ability to innovate, adjust, improve and persist for as long as necessary to get the job done.
Before the journey even begins, use your imagination to immerse your mind and spirit in the rewards waiting at the end of that journey. The more vibrantly you visualize and relate to the goal, the more energy you’ll have to get there.
Though it may be extremely challenging, there is a path from here to there. Connect solidly with your purpose for getting there, and you will soon have worked yourself successfully beyond the challenge.
— Ralph Marston