Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me live fully today. Help me not to talk to much about what I want to do. Give me the gift of patience, so I can be pleased with my progress.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll list the things that I say I'd like to do. What is one thing I can do today to make each of them happen? I'll take one step today to match my life to my dreams.
It can still occur to me what a good drink tastes like and what it can do for me,
from my stand-at-attention alcoholic taste buds
right down to my stretched out tingling toes.
As my sponsor used to point out, such thoughts are like red flags,
telling me that something is not right,
that I am stretched beyond my sober limits.
Sometimes we need to get back to basics and see what needs changing.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 396-397
Thought to Ponder . . .
Make a change, move a muscle.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P A C E = Positive Attitudes Change Everything.
There’s nothing to be gained by being rude. Yet there’s a great deal of benefit in being kind and respectful.
If someone has been rude or hurtful to you, it’s natural to feel like being rude and hurtful in return. It’s natural and understandable, but not at all beneficial for anyone.
Rudeness projects weakness and insecurity, while kindness and respect impart confidence and strength. Which qualities would you prefer to communicate to others?
The powerful choice is the choice to be genuinely respectful and authentically kind. The way to move forward is to move beyond petty negativity and one-upmanship.
Though your kindness will not always be returned, it will certainly be noticed. And even if it’s not appreciated by anyone else, your kindness will always inject more positive value into your own life.
What you give, comes back to you, in ways that are impossible to foresee. Give your kindness, as often as you can, and benefit from the more positive world you are helping to create.
— Ralph Marston