Thursday, June 7, 2012
Without discipline, there's no life at all. —Katharine Hepburn
Procrastination is habitual. It's perhaps a habit we've struggled with over the years, and not one that can be willed away. It eats at us, no doubt. How many times have we gone to bed at night depressed, discouraged, and angry with ourselves for not finishing a job we promised ourselves, or someone else, we'd do! Sometimes it feels hopeless. The tasks awaiting our attention pile up, seem impossible to complete. But there is hope.
We have only this day to concern ourselves with. We can break the spell of procrastination, lethargy, immobility, if we choose. We can pick a task that needs attention, any task, preferably a small one for today. Maybe it's writing a letter, or fixing a hem, or making an appointment to see a doctor. Deciding to do something, and then doing it, breaks through the barriers that have caged us. Immediately we will sense the surge of freedom. In this moment we can always act. And any act will free us.
When procrastination blocks us, our senses are dead to the friends close to us. It's as though we have stepped outside of the circle of life. The real gifts of life are beyond our reach when we choose inaction.
I will get free. I will tackle a small task today. It will bless me in special ways.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk in Dry Places
My opportunities are in change
It’s common to hear a person voice apprehensions about an impending change. This apprehension only results from our fear that change will mean loss.
There can never be any permanent loss if we are solidly anchored in a spiritual program. Our Higher Power is the guiding force in all change and will make all things right as events unfold.
We should also remember that change brought us to our present situation. Any good we now enjoy came to us by a certain process. Even painful experiences have been valuable lessons.
There is no way we can avoid change; it is a built-in condition of life. We can accept it more gracefully if we view it as our Higher Power’s way of bringing us opportunity.
Action for the Day: Any change that I sense today is just a signal for the arrival of new opportunities. Even if changes seem uncomfortable, I'll welcome all such change.
Slowly but surely, some wisdom and humility began to creep in.
I became more teachable. I found a Higher Power working all around me
where previously I was sure I had been alone.
When I opened my eyes enough to see the miracle,
I found that it was right in front of my face.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 430
Thought to Ponder . . .
Don't give up before the miracle happens.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A R T = Always Remain Teachable.
Disappointments of the past
What has already happened before is not what will happen next. Because right now, you have the opportunity to change direction.
If you’re moving in a positive and fruitful direction, you can choose to keep going that way, and even to accelerate your progress. Or, if you’ve experienced difficulty and disappointment in the past, this is your time to make a change.
When you focus on what’s already happened, it can be easy to feel permanently stuck in a bad place. So focus instead on the fact that you can, right now, choose a more positive direction.
Today is a new day, and it is your day to live in the best way you can imagine. It is your day to move in precisely the direction you choose.
Though rising above a difficult past will require great effort and commitment on your part, you certainly can do it. And there’s no better way to spend your time than making your way forward and permanently locking your disappointments in the past.
The disappointments of the past will begin to fade away as soon as you let go of them. Let go, look forward, and know that you can make this next day the best one yet.
— Ralph Marston