Thursday, August 30, 2012
"If onlys" are lonely. --Morgan Jennings
The circumstances of our lives seldom live up to our expectations or desires. However, in each circumstance we are offered an opportunity for growth or change, a chance for greater understanding of life's heights and pitfalls. Each time we choose to lament what isn't, we close the door on the invitation to a better existence.
We simply don't know just what's best for us. Our vision is limited. Less so today than yesterday, but limited still. The experiences we are offered will fail to satisfy our expectations because we expect so much less than what our Higher Power has planned for us in the days ahead.
We get what we need in the way of relationships, adventures, joys and sorrows, today and every day. Celebrating what we get and knowing there is good in it eases whatever trial we are undergoing. We are cared for, right now. We need not lament what we think we need. We do have what we need. We will always get what we need, when we need it.
I will breathe deeply and relax. At this moment my every need is being attended to.
From the book Each Day a New Beginning by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. --Helen Keller
The next 24 hours are guaranteed to excite us, to lift us to new levels of understanding, to move us into situations with others where we can offer our unique contributions. All that is asked of us is a willingness to trust that we will be given just what we need at each moment.
We can dare to live, fully, just for today. We can appreciate the extraordinariness of every breath we take, every challenge we encounter. Within each experience is the invitation for us to grow, to reach out to others in caring ways, to discover more fully the women we are capable of being. We must not let a single moment go by unnoticed.
When we withdraw from life, we stunt our growth. We need involvement with others, involvement that perturbs us, humors us, even stresses us. We tap our internal resources only when we have been pushed to our limits, and our participation in life gifts us, daily, with that push. How necessary the push!
None of us will pass this way again. What we see and feel and say today are gone forever. We have so much to regret when we let things slip away, unnoticed or unappreciated.
Action for the Day: A special series of events has been planned for me today. I shall not miss it.
The age of miracles is still with us.
Our own recovery proves that!
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 153
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life is an ongoing miracle.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G O D = Good Orderly Direction
Let go of your ego
Your ego won’t solve any problems. Your ego won’t convince anyone of anything.
Your ego won’t make you stronger or more skilled or more capable or more knowledgeable. Mostly, your ego will just get in the way of your true essence.
So choose to tap into your authentic power by choosing to let go of the concerns of your ego. Step purposefully beyond those superficial concerns and step up to a dramatically higher level of effectiveness.
Let go of your ego, and many of your fears and anxieties dissolve. Let go of your ego, and the positive possibilities become more numerous, more powerful and more accessible.
Without ego constantly dragging you down, you can focus on what truly matters. You’ll find that one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself is to get past your concerns for yourself.
Let go of your small ego and see life’s big, wonderful, valuable picture. Let go of your ego, and let your true beauty and goodness soar.
— Ralph Marston