Don't stop living your life!
So often, when a problem occurs, inside or around us, we revert to thinking that if we put our life on hold we can positively contribute to the solution. If a relationship isn't working, if we face a difficult decision, if we're feeling depressed, we may put our life on hold and torment ourselves with obsessive thoughts.
Abandoning our life or routines contributes to the problem and delays us from finding the solution.
Frequently, the solution comes when we let go enough to live our life, return to our routine, and stop obsessing about the problem.
Sometimes, even if we don't feel like we have let go or can let go, we can act as if we have, and that will help bring about the letting go we desire.
You don't have to give up your power to problems. You can take your focus off your problem and direct it to your life, trusting that doing so will bring you closer to a solution.
Today, I will go on living my life and tending to my routine. I will decide, as often as I need to, to stop obsessing about whatever is bothering me. If I don't feel like letting go of a particular thing, I will act as if I have let go of it until my feelings match my behavior.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
. . . in order to feel anything you need strength . . . --Anna Maria Ortese
Strength for any task, to withstand any pressure, to find the solution to any problem, is always as close as our very breath. We expend all our energy, wearing ourselves down, even getting sick from worry when we fail to turn to the source of strength that is ours for the taking.
We are offered, moment by moment, opportunities to experience the rapture of life. We have the chance, to trust our senses, to turn ourselves over to the moment, knowing we can survive every experience, knowing we are guaranteed new knowledge, a greater awareness of the meaning of our own lives when we're fully attuned to the experiences that are uniquely our own, right here, right now.
Our strength increases as we flex it, not unlike muscles. The more we turn to that greater power, the more available that source of strength becomes. With practice, it becomes habitual to let our Higher Power help us withstand all pressures, solve every problem. In time, the pressures and problems seem to exist no more. We learn to let our higher power circumvent the difficulties in our lives. Free at last; we become free at last to feel the real joys of living.
Action for the Day: All the strength I need to face anything that's worrying me is at hand. I will let go and let my Higher Power help me today.
Today is the day. Doing our best, living each day to the fullest is the art of living.
Yesterday is gone, and we don't know whether we will be here tomorrow.
If we do a good job of living today, and if tomorrow comes for us,
then the chances are we will do a good job when it arrives --
so why worry about it?
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 357
Thought to Ponder . . .
Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time.
Your own special excellence
Life is filled with frustration, pain, inconvenience, disappointment and all sorts of other troubles. And in every frustration, in every inconvenience, in every difficulty is an opportunity to make life better.
You don’t have to accept anything less than a life of excellence. Because you can make a difference, and you can continually make improvements.
Instead of complaining about whatever may be bothering you, simply acknowledge it and then get busy doing something to improve the situation. Instead of settling for anything less than the best you can imagine, keep making improvements until your reality is in line with your highest vision.
There’s nothing positive to be gained by worrying about what might go wrong. Put your energy into arranging for things to go the way you intend.
Of course you cannot control every influence upon your life. However, you can prepare and position yourself to intelligently, purposefully and positively respond to whatever comes your way.
If your life is not living up to your very highest expectations, there are countless ways to make improvements. Choose to act, choose to improve, and bring your own special excellence to life.
— Ralph Marston