Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
One receives only that which is given. The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words, return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. --Florence Scovel Shin
Each of us can attest to the truth of this passage. During the difficult times, however, it is not uppermost in our minds that "what goes around, comes around." It feels all too easy to be justifiably resentful or to gossip, or to ignore another's presence. And the repercussions are seldom immediate. They will come, though.
Goodness is likewise repaid. Giving love, attention, respect to the individuals who share our lives and to the people who cross our paths by chance, will smooth our own passage day by day. The effects of our goodness will often be felt quickly. A smile elicits a smile. Kind thoughts bless us as well as the receiver. Life events do come full circle.
Action for the Day: With a bit of effort, I can smile at someone today, even though I'm frowning inside. Both will be better for it.
The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have found a common solution.
We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree,
and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 17
Thought to Ponder . . .
The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = Heart Open; Please Enter.
Performing the magic
Every step you take on the journey gets you that much closer to your destination. Every purposeful effort you make brings you closer and closer to your goal.
When you are taking intentional, directed action, you are making progress. You are creating the very rewards you seek.
When you become weary, take a moment to remind yourself why you’ve chosen to go where you’ve chosen to go. When you feel a tinge of discouragement, overwhelm it with positive anticipation for the good and valuable place where you’re headed.
Not only can you do it, you are doing it. You are performing the magic of transforming dreams into reality.
What you’re doing is difficult and burdensome in some ways. And yet it is also truly amazing, because you’re creating value that never existed before.
Continue the effort, continue to persist, and continue performing the magic. And delight in the outstanding rewards it brings.
— Ralph Marston