I sidestep the either/or choices of logic and choose both. —Ken Feit
People have often had a lifestyle guided by either/or logic. We think we must either conquer the challenge we see before us or we will be failures. We think loved ones must either meet our needs or they do not love us. We think we must either be perfect or we are unacceptable.
Let us now step back from the rigidity of such unhealthy logic. Much of human experience and many answers to our problems don't come in neatly tied packages. As we learn to think and feel in more flexible ways, we find life gets better. Using our intuition at times, rather than always following rigid rules for life, improves the recipe. The arrogance of our thought process has sometimes told us we had the answer, but it closed us to the growth, which only comes by trusting our feelings. If we make mistakes, we can learn from them and go on. Many of the most ingenious inventions came not by rigidly following rules, but by following an inner feeling.
Today, I will be open to more possibilities in my thinking.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.---Johann Fredrich von Schiller
As we grow spiritually, we'll need to change our behaviors, values, and beliefs to stay sane. This take courage. Courage is doing what is needed in spite of fear.
Courage means facing what we can't change. We can't change the fact that we have hurt people. We can't change the fact we have an illness. And we can't change the fact that we need help from others.
Courage also means facing those things we can change. We need courage to be honest, to have faith, and to be humble. And we need courage to let people know how important they are.
Prayer for the Day: Courage is more than being tough. Courage means being human. Higher Power, grant me the courage to stay sober and live a spiritual life.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll have an attitude of courage. I'll talk in my meeting. I'll offer help where it is needed. I'll have the courage to say no when needed.
For starters, I know that I am a walking miracle. Literally overnight,
I went from years of twenty-four-hour crash drinking to total sobriety,
after everything had failed except total surrender to the AA program.
That is a fact I can stand on. From that foundation,
I am able to see certain glimmers of progress. For example,
I can realize that I have not done anything dishonorable in at least a week.
- The Best of the Grapevine p. 93
Thought to Ponder . . .
Get it - Give it - Grow in it.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keep It Simple; Surrender.
Know and go
Know that you can, and you can. Decide that you will, and you will.
The most essential ingredient in your success is you. Your authentic intention and solid commitment will bring into your life whatever you choose.
Just because achievement is not easy or instantaneous, doesn’t mean it’s impossible or out of your reach. Know that you can, go make it happen, and what you truly desire you will most certainly achieve.
The problems and challenges give you the opportunity to prove you really want the achievement. Your effectiveness in reaching it comes directly from the authentic passion you have for doing so.
In every moment, you make a choice, and those choices add up to the life you experience. You can choose to follow your purpose, and to achieve what you know deep inside you can, or you can choose to avoid your greatest possibilities.
In this moment, and the next and the next, choose to go forward to a life that grows ever richer and more fulfilling. You know you can, so get going, keep going, and bring your dreams magnificently to life.
— Ralph Marston