Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A person's life is what their thoughts make it. —Marcus Aurelius
How do we think about ourselves? Do we feel unattractive? Do we feel we aren't masculine or feminine enough? Do we doubt our ability to perform our roles as friends, spouses, or parents? Such thoughts are common among both men and women. There is no problem in having them; they are normal to some extent. But what we do with our thoughts - how we think about what we think - makes a big difference in our lives.
When we think we are odd or different from other mpeople for feeling this way, we become more self-centered. When we don't stand up for our rights as men to have our doubts and weaknesses, we become even more weak and doubting. When we don't talk about our thoughts and feelings with others, we become isolated and lonely. We have a right to feel insecure and to know we have weaknesses. We become a stronger person by accepting our doubts. They may still cause some pain but they have lost their power to control us. Just as a repaired seam can be stronger than the original, what was our weakness becomes our strength.
Today, I accept my thoughts of weakness and self-doubt as part of life.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure. --Simone Weil
Action for the Day:I will pray for wisdom today. I shall expect wisdom, not problems, and the day will smoothly slip by.
An honest regret for harms done,
a genuine gratitude for blessings received,
and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow
will be the permanent assets we shall seek.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 95
Thought to Ponder . . .
I have learned how a heart full of gratitude feels.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W H O = Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness.
Get moving forward
Learn from the past, treasure the past, but don’t let it hold you captive. This is a new day, a new moment, and your opportunity to proceed in precisely the direction you choose.
Just because you’ve had a negative experience doesn’t mean you must maintain a negative attitude. Just because things have not been going your way is no reason to stop going.
Right now is when you can turn life around. Right now is when you have the power to choose your attitude, your actions, and the outcomes you create.
The most important part of your life begins right now. Because this is the part you can do something about.
Time moves forward, so get up, get going, get positive and purposeful and get moving forward with it. Now is when you can have a positive and meaningful influence, so make the most of this opportunity.
Whether yesterday was fulfilling or depressing, get over it. Get on with living the way you choose, according to your highest values, with this day you now have.
— Ralph Marston