Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I have listened to the realm of the Spirit. I have heard my own soul's voice, and I have remembered that love is the complete and unifying thread of existence. —Mary Casey
The act of loving someone else brings us together, closes whatever the gap between us. It draws us into the world of another, making richer the world we call our own. Love is the great equalizer.
We no longer wish to conquer or dominate those whom we love. And our love for one increases our capacity for loving others. Love heals another, and love heals ourselves, both giving it and receiving it.
Love from another acknowledges our existence, assuring us that we do count, that someone else values our presence. It is human to need these reminders, these assurances. But our need for them is lessened each time we acknowledge another person in our midst.
Where love is absent, people, even in a crowd, feel alone, forgotten, and unimportant. No doubt we can each recall times of quiet desperation moments of alienation. We must reach out to someone and send thoughts of love to someone who may need to be remembered. Our loving thoughts for persons close and far away always reach their destination. They do unify us.
Love is powerful. It can change the complexion of the universe. It will change the direction of my life.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me accept the love of others today. Help me be lovable.
In many instances we are really dealing with fellow sufferers,
people whose woes we have increased.
If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves,
why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all?
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 78
Thought to Ponder . . .
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T G I F = Thank God I'm Forgiven.
The fact that you can
Not only are you already highly capable, you are capable of becoming even more capable. Exercise your capabilities, and nothing is beyond your reach.
When you’ve enjoyed great success you can step forward and create even more. When you encounter disappointments and obstacles, you can raise your own level of ability to get beyond them.
The way to make full and increasing use of your capabilities is to have an authentic reason. True desire will push your effectiveness higher and higher.
Know that you can, know why you must, and you’ll find a way to get it done. Put your amazing abilities to good use by giving yourself a powerful and meaningful reason to do so.
Do not agonize over why you can’t. Accept, acknowledge and express with your actions the fact that you can.
Every situation is your opportunity to put your dynamic capabilities to good use. Every day is a day in which you can make a real difference in a meaningful and effective way.
— Ralph Marston