Thursday, August 16, 2012
The perfect man of old looked after himself first before looking to help others. --
Too often we tried to fortify ourselves with alcohol or drugs
to overcome our feelings of inferiority or inadequacy,
but the result in time was just the reverse;
and we became in effect more inadequate and definitely inferior.
Being selfish in recovery means using our normal minds to think objectively
and constructively about the things around us;
something we could never do with our brains paralyzed by liquor or drugs.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 154
Thought to Ponder . . .
It is simple, it is selfish, it is self care, and it works wonders.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
ACTION = Any Change Toward Improving One's Nature
Focus on the goodness
Remind yourself how good you have it. Then challenge yourself to do something meaningful and significant with what you have.
Sure, you have your problems and challenges. Yet they are far overshadowed by the positive possibilities and opportunities open to you.
In fact, some of those very problems might indeed point you toward your most valuable possibilities. Even when life is at its most difficult, it is overflowing with opportunities.
What a shame it would be to have so much and not make full use of it. What a shame it would be to not experience and express and spread life’s richness far and wide.
Don’t even think about complaining about what you don’t have, for it is a waste of your precious life. Focus instead on all the goodness you do have in your world.
Embrace that goodness, and make it even more vibrant as it flows out from you. Realize how good you truly have it, and make it better and better.
— Ralph Marston