Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room, not to try to do or be anything whatsoever. —May Sarton
A whole world can be seen through even the smallest window. Knowing this can help us slow down and enjoy everyday events. We can listen to the regular rhythms of letter carriers and school children, dogs and delivery trucks, city buses and song birds playing out a piece of their daily lives outside the window.
We can greet the letter carrier who comes up the walk, feed the robin who lands on the sill, wave to the kids who've found a shortcut through our backyards on their way home from school.
It is not necessary, today, for us to fill our lives with important meetings, gala parties, expensive treats, toys, or outings to be happy. There is a whole world to be discovered just outside the nearest window.
What worlds lie on the other side of my window today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Open-mindedness is a quality that helps us attract new ideas for our self-imporovement. Oddly, many of us though we were open-minded long before we ever considered a program.
In living the program, we seek to cultivate true open-mindedness. This means being open to new ideas and opportunities, but also being concerned about others and taking care not to harm them.
Action for the Day: Today I'll be open to what people are thinking and saying. I will be careful not to let my own prejudices keep me from viewpoints that will help me and others.
I am responsible.
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,
I want the hand of AA to be there.
And for that, I am responsible.
- ©AA Grapevine, Inc.
Thought to Ponder . . .
It's not your fault, but it is your responsibility.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = Hope, Encouragement, Love, Patience
Out of your rut
You don’t have to continue doing things the way you’ve always done them. Today is a new day, filled with new possibilities, so remember to treat it as such.
You don’t have to be held prisoner by your old, familiar habits and assumptions. There’s a whole world of goodness and abundance beyond what you already know, so get out there and experience some of it.
Does it seem like you’ve run out of energy and enthusiasm? Maybe you’re just tired of the same old things.
Does it feel like you’re stuck? If you’re just living on autopilot, then you are indeed stuck.
Take the helm of your life and steer it in some new, exciting, fulfilling and energizing directions. Discover again and again how adaptable and interesting and joyful you can be.
The world is a never-ending source of beauty and wonder. Climb up out of your self-imposed rut and live the richness.
— Ralph Marston