Thursday, July 12, 2012
... those interested in perpetuating present conditions are always in tears about the marvelous past that is about to disappear, without having so much as a smile for the young future. —Simone de Beauvoir
Hanging on to any moment, once it's gone, deadens us to the joys and lessons of the present. We must learn to let go, to let go of persons, painful situations, and even meaningful experiences. Life goes on, and the most fruitful lesson before us is to move with the vibrations, be in tune with them.
Being open to the present is our only chance for growth. These experiences today in our lives beckon us forward along the path meant for us. We are not guaranteed only joy today. But we are promised security. We may not be free of twinges of fear or confusion, but we can learn to trust even in the midst of adversity. We can remember that power greater than ourselves whenever and wherever our steps are uncertain.
Dwelling, as we are wont to do, on our rebuffs, our rejections, invites further criticism. But neither should we dwell on past joys. Attention to now and to the persons here, now, is the only rightful response to life. Not being here, now, invites others to turn away, just as we have turned away.
I will celebrate the thrill of the present, squeeze the moments of today, and trust the outcome to my Higher Power.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.---Irene Peter
Our life changed a lot when we stopped drinking and using other drugs. But this is only a start. We need to go further.
Our old attitudes can kill us, even if we aren't drinking or drugging any more. This is called a "dry drunk." If we're on a dry drunk, we've changed the way we act without changing the way we think.
Our program shows us how to change the way we think. And we change how we treat ourselves and others. We learn to live a new life based on love and care.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me guard against my old attitudes. Help me keep changing.
Action for the Day: I'll list four ways I've changed because I'm sober. I'll list four ways I haven't changed yet.
Living in the Now
First, we try living in the now just in order to stay sober -- and it works.
Once the idea has become a part of our thinking,
we find that living life in 24-four hour segments is an effective and satisfying
way to handle many other matters well.
- Living Sober, p. 7
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = No Other Way
When you’re on a roll, keep going. When you’re in a slump, get going.
Get in motion and stay in motion. The possibilities are far more powerful and more numerous when you’re taking action.
If you’re just sitting around doing nothing, you won’t be too thrilled with whatever happens to come your way, if anything. When you get up and get moving, you can go any place and experience anything you choose.
Being patient is admirable but being lazy is not. Be eager and persistent about taking action, while being patient about letting the results come.
The way to have it done is to get up and get it done. The way to live the life of your dreams is to bring it about with focused action.
Get the power of momentum on your side and keep it there. Get in motion, stay in motion, and live life on your own very best terms.
— Ralph Marston