Thursday, June 28, 2012
Sometimes, things don't work out, they take their place in your heart and make you a little stronger the next time -Alex and Emma
When Things Don't Work
Frequently, when faced with a problem, we may attempt to solve it in a particular way. When that way doesn't work, we may continue trying to solve the problem in that same way.
We may get frustrated, try harder, get more frustrated, and then exert more energy and influence into forcing the same solution that we have already tried and that didn't work.
That approach makes us crazy. It tends to get us stuck and trapped. It is the stuff that unmanageability is made of.
We can get caught in this same difficult pattern in relationships, in tasks, in any area of our life. We initiate something, it doesn't work, doesn't flow, we feel badly, then try the same approach harder, even though it's not working and flowing.
Sometimes, it's appropriate not to give up and to try harder. Sometimes, it's more appropriate to let go, detach, and stop trying so hard.
If it doesn't work, if it doesn't flow, maybe life is trying to tell us something. Life is a gentle teacher. She doesn't always send neon road signs to guide us. Sometimes, the signs are more subtle. Something not working may be a sign!
Let go. If we have become frustrated by repeated efforts that aren't producing desired results, we may be trying to force ourselves down the wrong path. Sometimes, a different solution is appropriate. Sometimes, a different path opens up. Often, the answer will emerge more clearly in the quietness of letting go than it will in the urgency, frustration, and desperation of pushing harder.
Learn to recognize when something isn't working or isn't flowing. Step back and wait for clear guidance.
Today, I will not make myself crazy by repeatedly trying solutions that have proven themselves unsuccessful. If something isn't working, I will step back and wait for guidance.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Joy fixes us to eternity and pain fixes us to time. But desire and fear hold us in bondage to time, and detachment breaks the bond. --Simone Weil
We live both in the material realm and the spiritual. In our material dimension we seek material pleasures, inherent in which is pain. Our human emotions are tied to our material attachments, and joy, at its fullest, is never found here. Real joy lies outside of the material dimension while living fully within us too, in the secret, small place inside where we always know that all is well.
We are on a trip in this life. And our journey is bringing us closer to full understanding of joy with every sorrowful circumstance. When you or I are one with our Higher Power, have aligned our will with the will of our Higher Power, we know joy. We know this, fully, that all is well. No harm can befall us.
Each circumstance in the material realm is an opportunity for us to rely on the spiritual realm for direction, security, and understanding. As we turn within, to our spiritual nature, we will know joy.
Action for the Day: Every day in every situation I have an opportunity to discover real joy. It's so close and so ready for my invitation.
Today is the day.
Doing our best, living each day to the fullest is the art of living.
Yesterday is gone, and we don't know if we will be here tomorrow.
If we do a good job of living today, and if tomorrow comes for us,
then the chances are we will do a good job when it arrives --
so why worry about it?
- Alcoholics Anonymous (Third Edition), p. 382
Thought to Ponder . . .
Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time.
There is goodness
There is goodness in this moment. Accept it, embrace it and enlarge it.
There is undisturbed peace deep within you. Feel it, express it, and put its powerful, profound energy to use.
There is a purpose to your life in this moment, on this day. Connect your awareness to that authentic purpose and bring it to life with your actions.
The beauty of being is in you and all around you. See that beauty in everything you encounter and let it bring you joy.
There are positive and meaningful possibilities in every situation. Enrich your life and your world by working to fulfill and expand those possibilities.
There is great wonder and magnificence in all that is. Live the wonder, and be more lovingly magnificent with each passing moment.
— Ralph Marston