Don't overlook the value of friendship. Don't neglect friends.
Friends are a joy. Adult friendships can be a good place for us to learn to have fun and to appreciate how much fun we can have with a friend.
Friends can be a comfort. Who knows us better, or is more able to give us support, than a good friend? A friendship is a comfortable place to be ourselves. Often, our choice of friends will reflect the issue we're working on. Giving and receiving support will help both people grow.
Some friendships wax and wane, going through cycles throughout the years. Some trail off when one person outgrows the other. Certainly, we will have trials and tests in friendships.
But some friendships will last a lifetime. There are special love relationships, and there are friendships. Sometimes, our friendships - especially recovery friendships - can be special love relationships too.
Today, I will reach out to a friend. I will let myself enjoy the comfort, joys, and enduring quality of my friendships.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Once it[a spoken word] flies out, you can't catch it. ---Russian proverb
We've said many mean words. Our words often hurt the people we love. We can never really take back the words. But we're learning now to speak with care . We know the words have a lot of power.
What do we say when we're angry? When we want something? When we're trying to be kind?
Now, think about this: people will remember out words. If we're honest and careful in our speech, people will respect us. But if we say things to force our will, we may be sorry later.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, speak through me today.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll ask one question of the person I love the most: "How have my words hurt you in the past?" Then I'll talk with my sponsor about this.
Peace, love and joy can be sought through quiet thinking and honest prayer.
The wholeness, the new awareness, that is produced
affects one's relationship with their Higher Power and man
to a degree that would seem impossible in ordinary life.
The clamor of now is reduced; understanding is increased.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 65
Thought to Ponder . . .
The storm has passed. I've learned a little more about peace.
It was inside all the time.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K = The Happiness I Never Knew.
Prepare and do
Make sure you’re fully prepared, and then make purposeful and effective use of that preparation. Work on honing your skills, and then put those skills to meaningful use.
It’s important to be able to make things happen and to make a difference. It’s even more important to be clear and precise about the kind of difference you wish to make, and then to step forward and actually do it.
Excellence and achievement come from preparation, but not from preparation alone. After the preparation is done, then it is time for the performance.
It’s easy to get caught up in making sure you have everything just right before taking action. Don’t make endless preparation an excuse for never taking that action.
Practice is essential, and yet if practice is all you ever do, it is largely wasted effort. The reason you prepare and practice is so you can put it to good use.
Get yourself well prepared, and then get yourself busy taking action. Make your preparation count by doing the things you’ve prepared to do.
— Ralph Marston