I'm delighted that the future is unsure. That's the way it should be. —William Sloane Coffin
Some of life's richest moments are the most unexpected: the old friend met by chance, or the new one discovered when neither of us were really looking; the toy at the bottom of the toy box, rediscovered and loved anew; the book, the flower, the shaft of light we were in the right place at the right time to notice and embrace.
It is important to dream and plan, to work toward goals, to mark the milestones we pass on life's journey. No less important, though, is to open ourselves to the unexpected joys awaiting us every day.
I am ready, today, to accept the unexpected!
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Bad moments, like good ones, tend to be grouped together. --Edna O'Brien
Rough times may be pouring in on us at the moment, and they may seem unending. Difficulties appear to attract more difficulties, problems with loved ones, problems at work, problems with our appearance. A negative attitude, something that we all struggle with at times (some of us more than others), is the culprit.
When the good times come, as they always do, they are accompanied by a positive attitude. We do find what we look for.
Our attitude is crucial. It determines our experiences. A trying situation can be tolerated with relative ease when we have a positive, trusting attitude. We forget, generally, that we have an inner source of strength to meet every situation. We forget the simple truth--all is well, at this moment, and at every moment. When the moments feel good, our presence is light, cheery. When the moments are heavy, so are we.
Action for the Day: I can turn my day around. I can change the flavor of today's experiences. I can lift my spirits and know all is well.
When drugs and alcohol influenced every facet of my life,
when bottles and baggies became the symbol of all my self-indulgence and permissiveness,
when I came to realize that, by myself,
I could do nothing to overcome the power of drugs and alcohol,
I realized I had no recourse except surrender.
- Daily Reflections, p. 14
Thought to Ponder . . .
Honesty isn't an event -- it's a process.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
The long haul
Instant results are not always the best results. Have a little patience, and you can greatly expand your possibilities.
If your desires were always fulfilled immediately, you would have nothing to look forward to. You would miss out on the joy of anticipation.
There are some good things you can have instantly. There are many, many more good and valuable things that will take time.
You deserve more than mere instant gratification. Be willing to take the time, and to put in the effort, and give yourself access to life’s greatest rewards.
Value that arrives in an instant is probably going to be gone in an instant. Value that takes time and commitment to create will enrich your life far into the future.
Dream, plan, prepare and persist in your efforts for the long haul. The more time and effort you give, the more richness you can achieve.
— Ralph Marston