Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Today in the United States; we celebrate our nation's independence. Why not take a moment to celebrate your independence as well? --Melody Beattie
Take time to celebrate. Celebrate your freedom
Celebrate your successes, your growth, and your accomplishments. Celebrate you and who you are. You've discovered the freedom to live your life as fully as possible, take a moment to honor and acknowledge how much that freedom means to you.
For too long you have been too hard on yourself. Others have spilled their negative energy - their attitudes, beliefs, and pain - on you. It had nothing to do with you! All along, you have been a gift to yourself and to the Universe.
You are a child of God. Beautiful, a delight, a joy. You do not have to try harder, be better, be perfect, or be anything you are not. Your beauty is in you, just as you are each moment.
When you have a success, when you accomplish something, enjoy it. Pause, reflect, and rejoice. Too long you have listened to admonitions not to feel good about what you have done, lest you travel the downward road to arrogance.
To enjoy and celebrate the good does not mean that it will be taken from you. To celebrate is to delight in the gift, to show gratitude.
Celebrate your relationships! Celebrate the lessons from the past and the love and warmth that are there today. Enjoy the beauty of others and their connection to you.
Celebrate all that is in your life. Celebrate all that is good. Celebrate you!
Today, I will indulge in the joy of celebrating.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
We change, and we change our world when we acknowledge one another's presence in it. The wonderful reality is that we are in another's world because of the special qualities we each have and are able to share with one another.
For many of us, in times past, no moment felt important. The days were simply long and painful. But now, we can relish even the past pain for what it taught us. We know now that we can look to this day before us with expectation. We can be conscious of every moment, thankful for every experience and every person we encounter.
Action for the Day: In this inner game of life, I share the court, and I will have my turn to serve. To really live, I must participate fully.
When we first go into AA we are firecrackers with short wicks
and when those short wicks get lighted with resentment or self-pity
or any of the things that cause us to go off on a tangent,
it doesn't take long before we explode.
The longer we go to meetings, the longer the wick becomes.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 61
Thought to Ponder . . .
The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.
Leave the stress behind
Much of what is stressful to you is what you've decided is stressful. What if you decided differently?
Feeling stressed in certain situations, or with certain tasks, or with certain people, is not a foregone conclusion. Rather, it's a way you choose to respond.
Sure, many things in life will challenge you greatly. Yet instead of letting those challenges get to you and make you stressful, you can choose a more powerful, effective response.
Instead of seeing yourself as fighting against the challenges, you can see yourself as thriving on them, and even enjoying them. Even when people and situations are extremely difficult, you can find great fulfillment in calmly working through them.
You can let others be stressed and angry and frustrated. All the while, you can choose to be peaceful and productive.
Life's difficulties don't have to bring you down, because you have what it takes to lovingly and purposefully deal with them. Choose to respond with a positive perspective, and leave the stress behind.
— Ralph Marston