Being open to the day's offering, all of it, and looking for the positive experiences therein, becomes habit only after a firm commitment and dedicated practice. Today is special for each of us.
These next twenty-four hours will be unlike all others. And we are not the persons we were, even as recently as yesterday. Looking forward to all of the day's events, with the knowledge that we are in the care of our higher power, in every detail, frees us to make the most of everything that happens.
We have been given the gift of life. We are survivors. The odds against survival in our past make clear we have yet a job to do and are being given the help to do it. Confidence wavers in all of us, but the strength we need will be given to each of us.
In this day that stands before me, I can be certain that I'll have many chances for growth, for kindness to others, for developing confidence in myself. I will be thoughtful in my actions today. They are special and will be repeated no more.
From the book Each Day a New Beginning by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Living so fully. I can't image what any drug would do for me.---Joan Baez
Now we can live fully every day. We don't want to block our feelings. We aren't afraid to opening up to new things and people.
And the more we open up, the happier we are. Our feelings are free. They bounce around. They don't get stuck. We feel alive. Sure, we feel pain and fear sometimes. But we feel joy, love, and laughter too. And, more and more often, we feel alive.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, please help me live fully today. Help me notice my feelings.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll list five things I've enjoyed in the last twenty-four hours.
Every sponsor is a leader. The stakes are about as big as they could be.
A human life and usually the happiness of a whole family hang in the balance.
What the sponsor does and says,
how well he estimates the reactions of his prospects . . .
and how well he leads his prospect on by personal spiritual example --
these qualities of leadership can make all the difference;
often the difference between life and death.
- Twelve Concepts for World Service, p. 42
Thought to Ponder . . .
Don't look for a sponsor, listen for one.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S P O N S O R =
Sober, Practical, Optimistic, Noble, Spiritual, Open-minded, Respectful.
Whatever happens, you can use it as a way to grow stronger. Every day can end up making you stronger.
You can complain about it, or you can grow stronger through it. You can worry about it, or you can grow stronger instead.
Don’t let it make you frustrated, or resentful or dismayed. Let it motivate you to become stronger.
Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, feel what it feels like to respond with strength and clarity of positive purpose. Call upon the strength you have, and you will have more.
You are stronger than any circumstance, stronger than any thoughtless comment made by another, and stronger than any disappointment. You can adjust, adapt, and re-commit yourself again and again to moving forward.
You are already strong and capable and experienced. Use that strength to advance life’s goodness, and grow stronger and stronger with each passing day.
— Ralph Marston