Thursday, June 14, 2012
The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. —Max Lerner
When we consider all of the troubles and crises in our lives and all of the scrapes we've gotten into, we might feel overwhelmed. With what we have gone through, it seems miraculous for many of us to be here today. When we stop feeling sorry for ourselves and when we stop complaining about the unfairness of it all, we may get a new insight: "I have survived!"
We see the strength and persistence, which brought us through the toughest times we have known. Even when some of us did not know it, we were being carried along by our Higher Power. We can draw strength from that knowledge. We can remind ourselves today that, knowing what we have lived through with the help of our Higher Power, we can deal with anything to come.
I am grateful to my Higher Power for help in surviving the hard times in life.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.---unknown
Time always seems to pass too slowly or too quickly for us. .We want the fun times to last longer. We want the boring or painful times to go faster. But times goes at just the right pace. Any faster, and we wouldn't have enough time to learn as we go. Any slower, and we'd lose interest. In our program, we learn to respect the pace of time. We let go, and we let time go at it's own pace. We call this patience.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for patience. Help me look forward to the future without rushing. Help me live fully in the here and now. Help me make today a good one by doing Your will.
Action for the Day: I'll list five ways I can use time to be more healthy---in body, mind and spirit. Which of these five things can I do today?
Truth liberates. Truth heals.
Truth unlocks the door to the glory of reality,
and gives us the means to live in harmony with reality.
In return, it asks only that we surrender all lies and illusions and love what is.
Why do we wait so long?
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 138
Thought to Ponder . . .
Truth is to inner space what sunshine is to a garden.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = Facing An Inner Truth Heals.
Make your greatness real
You have immense greatness within you. Yet you have to be the person who lives, fulfills, expresses and manifests that greatness.
It’s something no one else can do for you. The special, unique greatness within you is of no use or significance without your active, committed participation in it.
The things you possess won’t express that greatness. The mere poses you assume won’t bring that greatness to life.
The only way to truly fulfill your own special greatness is by putting your time, your focus, your resources and dedication into living that greatness. For it is only through your day-to-day commitment that the special beauty within you flows outward.
It’s much easier to hide the beauty away, and to never let it fully develop. But what a shame that would be, and what a terrible regret it would create.
Life is longing for your greatness, and, deep inside, you are longing to bring it to life. Make the commitment, do the work to make that greatness real, and use your days to fulfill your own beautiful destiny.
— Ralph Marston