I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches. —Alice Roosevelt Longworth
All too often, we complicate our lives. We can wonder and worry our way into confusion; obsession or preoccupation it's often called. "What if?" "Will he?" "Should I?" "What do you think?" We seldom stop trying to figure out what to do, where to do it, how to meet a challenge, until someone reminds us to "keep it simple."
What we each discover, again and again, is that the solution to any problem becomes apparent when we stop searching for it. The guidance we need for handling any difficulty, great or small, can only come into focus when we remove the barriers to it, and the greatest barrier is our frantic effort to personally solve the problem. We clutter our minds; we pray for an answer and yet don't become quiet enough, for long enough, to become aware of the direction to go, or the steps to take. And they are always there.
Inherent in every problem or challenge is its solution. Our greatest lesson in life may be to keep it simple, to know that no problem stands in our way because no solution eludes a quiet, expectant mind.
I have opportunities every day to still my mind. And the messages I need - will come quietly. My answers are within me, now.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
Handling the past
Left to itself, nature takes ordinary garbage and transforms it into useful nutrients that help sustain life. It's usually poor human action that makes garbage a problem.
Our mental and emotional garbage takes the forms of bad memories, festering resentments, and useless regrets. We waste time berating ourselves and others about bad decisions and experiences that are behind us.
The magic of the life is that we can use it to transform this mental garbage into useful experience. A past mistake can become as asset when we share it with others. Pain and suffering can teach a lesson that helps all of us to grow. By forgiving others, a resentment can be turned into a friendship.
Action for the Day: I'll resolve today not to worry about garbage any longer than it takes to identify it and release it to my Higher Power for transformation.
I became aware that I was only one infinitely small
-- but vitally important -- part of the universe.
Infinitely small because I was only one tiny soul on one planet
going around one sun in one galaxy of countless billions,
but vitally important because the entire, immense universe
would be very, very slightly different without me,
as it would be different without any one of us.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 141
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Aware.
Small achievements pave the way for big achievements. Because when you know you’ve done it before, you’re confident you can do it again and again.
Small achievements, focused in a consistent direction, are what the big achievements are made of. And every moment is an opportunity for a small achievement.
You can’t create a great fortune in one day. Yet you can make significant positive progress toward building that fortune, each and every day.
Add value to every moment, and that value will add up. Whatever your desire, whatever your dream, there are always steps you can take right here and now.
When you take those steps, you are fulfilling the desire. When you make those small achievements, you are living the dream.
Fill your moments with small achievements. And you’ll fill your life with great and lasting value.
— Ralph Marston