Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Of course, fortune has its part in human affairs, but conduct is really much more important. --Jeanne Detourbey
It's not infrequent that we are faced with a dilemma; what is the best action to take in a certain situation? We can be guided, rightly, in every situation if we but turn inward and let our conscience direct our behavior. We have often heard it said... that when we long for a message from our Higher Power we will hear it, either through our conscience or in the words of our friends. Thus we can never really be in doubt; our conduct can always be above reproach if we but listen.
Right behavior leads to fortunate opportunities for those who look for them. Behavior that we're proud of seems to attract blessings in our lives. One's good fortune is really God-given and in proportion to one's willingness to act well toward others in all situations.
Simply, what goes around comes around. Our behavior comes back to us, manyfold. In our encounters with others today, we'll have numerous occasions to decide about the best behavior for the particular circumstance. We must not forget that our behavior elicits the responses we receive.
Action for the Day: I will invite blessings today. I will also shower blessings on my friends.
Slowly but surely, I realized there was indeed a Power greater than myself,
and I soon found myself with a full-time Higher Power in my life
and following a spiritual path that didn't conflict
with my personal religious convictions. . .
It seemed to fill that lonely hole that I used to fill with alcohol and drugs.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 287
Thought to Ponder . . .
Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G O D = Good Orderly Direction.
Point the way forward
Don’t let the worst of life get to you. Instead, let the best of life shine through you.
Let your attitude be based on your most positive vision rather than on what may or may not happen. When the world threatens to bring you down, choose to lift the world up.
Set a positive, purposeful agenda for the day and then follow through with action. Show all of life how beautiful and meaningful it can be by the way you live it.
There is enough dismay in the world without you adding to it. Do what is necessary to add to the joy, love, achievement and fulfillment.
Choose to be aggressively, respectfully and authentically positive. Point the way forward with your attitude and your actions.
Change life for the better by the way you look at it and by the way you live it. See the best, be your best, and make your world the best it can be.
— Ralph Marston