All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live is to love-to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved. —Isadora Duncan
To be unconditionally loved is our birthright, and we are so loved by our Higher Power. We desire just such a love from one another, and we deserve it; yet, it's a human quality to look for love before giving it. Thus many of us search intently for signs of love.
Too many of us are searching, rather than loving. Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood. Not easy, but so rewarding, to ourselves as well as to the one who is the focus of our love.
Love is a balm that heals. Loving lightens whatever our burdens. It invites our inner joy to emerge. But most of all, it connects us, one with another. Loneliness leaves. We are no longer alienated from our environment. Love is the mortar that holds the human structure together. Without the expression of love, it crumbles. Love will come to us, just as surely as we give it away.
Each and every expression of love I offer today will make smooth another step I take in this life.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
What bothered us most a year ago? A month ago? Even a week ago? It's probably that whatever it was, we were obsessed with it, certain that our futures were ruined, that there was no reasonable solution. It's also probable that we feared we simply couldn't survive the complexity of the situation. But we did. And we always will be able to survive any and all difficulties. We are never, absolutely never, given more than we can handle. In fact, we are given exactly what we need, at any given time.
We have many lessons to learn. We need mainly to remember what we are powerless over, that there is a power greater than ourselves, and that life will become simple; we'll need no extra homework when we've turned it over to the care of our Higher Power.
I have seen there is only one law, the law of love. and there are only two sins;
the first is to interfere with the growth of another human being,
and the second is to interfere with one's own growth.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 431
Thought to Ponder . . .
Love that is unseen is eternal.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
LOVE = Living Our Victories Everyday
Getting beyond disappointment
Life will disappoint you on a regular basis, in ways that are big and small. The way to get beyond each disappointment is to get busy doing something positive and meaningful.
It’s easy to get caught up in assigning blame, or speculating on how things might have been different, or feeling anger and resentment. None of those things, however, will add any value to your life.
Choose instead to let the disappointment make you stronger and more positively determined. Acknowledge it, and then step forward from it with productive and meaningful action.
When you feel like indulging in self-pity, take that as a prompt to break free from the negative pattern. Use it as an opportunity to initiate an improvement in your world.
Disappointment is a fact of life, but it never has to weigh you down for very long. You can always decide to focus on the positive possibilities in the present moment instead of the shortcomings in the past.
Make the smart choice, and live by intention rather than by chance. Whatever may happen, use it as a starting point for making life better.
— Ralph Marston