Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Flying is largely a matter of having the right attitude--plus, of course, good wing feathers. —E. B. White
The swan flies with majesty, confidence, and grace. It is made to fly, of course, but it learns as much about flying from its parents as it knows by instinct. It is not born with the ability to fly, but with the potential.
Each of us is born with the potential to fly in many skies. We may sing or dance or write or run, fix machines, teach children, speak, listen, sympathize. And we can do all things well, as only humans can. It is not the ability to do these things that makes us human; it's what we do with that ability.
Knowing how to prepare ourselves before we spread our wings is part of discovering what we can do. When we learn to ride a bike, we know we can do it; our parent's hand on the seat helps us know it.
Wanting to soar is the first part of the flight; it is studying, practicing, and asking for help that allows us to get off the ground.
What steps can I take today toward reaching my potential?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Just as an artist creates through simplification, so a person's self-discovery process grows and deepens as they simplifies their life. This isn't easy to do in our fast paced and high-powered world. We have often complicated a problem by our way of thinking. Sometimes we take pride in how complex we can make something seem. We look for hidden meanings when the truth is on the surface. We give long explanations for our actions when none is called for. We suspect a person's motives when taking them at face value loses nothing. We take on a battle when we could just as well let it pass.
Most of us don't think of ourselves as artists. Yet we are each given a profound, creative opportunity - to fashion a meaningful and worthwhile pattern in our lives.
Action for the Day: As I go about today's activities, may I find ways to make it a simple and creative expression.
Yet we finally did make choices that brought about our recovery.
We came to believe that alone we were powerless over our dysfunction.
This was surely a choice, and a most difficult one.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 4
Thought to Ponder . . .
Recovery is discovery.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G I F T S = Getting It From The Steps
True success is being you
There is great value in who you are. Let it flow into all you do.
Success is not really a matter of getting this thing or having that experience. True success is being able to live each day as the beautiful, authentic person you are.
True success is being you. True fulfillment is a life spent doing what you know is important and meaningful.
When you compromise your integrity, you lose. When you speak and act and give and live from your heart, you win.
Instead of striving to impress others, do those things that will genuinely impress you. Live true to your own highest standards, for they are the ones that really mean something to you.
The treasure that is your life is unique in all the universe. Fully live, enjoy and fulfill the richness that comes from the honest, beautiful reality of who you are.
— Ralph Marston