Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Look at the past as a bullet. Once it's fired it's finished. —Catherine Bauby
Today is before us as an unformed experience. Yesterday took its own shape, and whatever it was has now gone. Our only opportunities exist in what we will do this day. Perhaps we can enhance the day by starting with a review of yesterday and then letting go. What were the major events in our experiences yesterday? How do we feel about them? Is something left unfinished in our feelings or actions that we need to complete or repair today? Can we take yesterday's experience to build a better today?
We have centered ourselves in this day by reviewing where we just came from. We have taken a spot check inventory. Now we can let go of yesterday and move forward in the present. That does not mean we never think about the past again. It means we build on the past by learning from our experiences and letting them shape our activities now. In that way we draw ever closer into accord with the will of our Higher Power.
I will let go of the past by learning from it. I give myself to shaping today.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
The converse is likewise true. We all desire harmony in our relationships. And we will find it, every time we bring an attitude of honest gratitude into a situation.
How we feel, today, about this person or that situation, reflects the strength of our relationship with our Higher Power. When we experience life in the company of our higher power, we will let life flow. We will observe harmony, then, even in the midst of difference.
All of life's elements are moving toward a state of total and perfect harmony. We need not fear. We can trust the company of our higher power and know that every situation, no matter how adverse its appearance, is contributing to a harmonious outcome if we'd but lend a trusting attitude.
Today's Action: Harmony is everywhere. I will celebrate it. I will trust the present. I will trust the future.
Today I reside among the living, no better, no worse
than any of God's other children.
Today I look in the mirror when putting on my makeup and smile,
rather than shy away from looking myself in the eye.
Today I fit in my skin.
I am at peace with myself and the world around me.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 318
Thought to Ponder . . .
Smile, it's a free facelift.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F = Happy, Joyous, Free.
It’s important to have constants in life. It’s also good and useful to have novelty.
Today is not here just so it can be an exact repeat of yesterday. Honor each new day by filling it with new experience and substance.
Don’t hold yourself back by keeping yourself imprisoned in the same old routine. Outside that routine are great and wonderful possibilities waiting to be explored.
Be satisfied with how far you’ve come, and eager to keep on going in new and exciting ways. Life’s beauty knows no limit, so don’t limit yourself to what you’re already familiar with.
Seek out new things to do and new ways to do them. Enjoy discovering new challenges, new opportunities and new ways to create new forms of value.
Life begins again in every moment. Use the opportunity to add new and fulfilling richness to your world.
— Ralph Marston