Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Have the courage to act instead of react. —Darlene Larson Jenks
Taking the time to be thoughtful about our responses to the situations we encounter offers us the freedom to make choices that are right for us. Impulsive behavior can be a thing of our past, if we so choose. It seldom was the best response for our well being.
Decision-making is morale boosting. It offers us a chance to exercise our personal powers, an exercise that is mandatory for the healthy development of our egos. We need to make careful, thoughtful choices because they will further define our characters. Each action we take clearly indicates the persons we are becoming. When we have consciously and deliberately chosen that action because of its rightness for us, we are fully in command of becoming the persons we choose to be.
Our actions reveal who we are, to others and ourselves. We need never convey an inaccurate picture of ourselves. We need only take the time and risk the courage necessary to behave exactly as we choose. We will know a new freedom when we are in control.
I will exercise my power to act and feel the fullness of my being.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
In our programs, we'll meet many successful people. They've worked hard at recovery, and they are still learning. And they're happy to share their success with us.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for the successes the life has already given me.
Action for the Day: I'll list three ways I know I am a success today. Number one: I'm sober!
Acceptance is the key to my relationship with my Higher Power today.
I never just sit and do nothing while waiting for my Higher Power to tell me what to do.
Rather, I do whatever is in front of me to be done,
and I leave the results up to Him/Her;
however it turns out, that's Higher Power 's will for me.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 420
Thought to Ponder . . .
Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change.
Put it all to use
Nothing is too difficult and nothing is too complicated. Nothing is out of reach, and nothing is too outrageous.
Life is what it is, and you have the immense good fortune of being here, right now, to live it. So instead of working to place judgments on it, go ahead and live it.
Sure, some tasks are highly complex, and others demand large amounts of effort and commitment. The good news is that those are precisely the kinds of things you’re so very good at.
It is indeed a blessing that life can be so demanding. After all, that’s what gives life so many great and fulfilling possibilities.
Step up and claim the most valuable of your own amazing possibilities. Feel those good things that resonate most with you, and joyfully bring them to life.
You have great power, purpose, and ability. Choose in this moment, and again and again, to put it all to meaningful and effective use.
— Ralph Marston