To each of us, the universe gives a creative task and a problem - to take our special abilities and limitations and become a whole person. We use standards for our choices based on our best ideas of right and wrong, of what fits with our inner feelings, and of what our Higher Power is guiding us toward. Unfinished and imperfect as we are, we become more peaceful as we become more fully ourselves.
May I be true to myself in the choices I make today? I am becoming the person that I admire.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Action for the Day: I will face who and what I really am today. I will use my strengths and not let any shortcomings keep me from being effective.
The moral inventory is a cool examination of the damages
that occurred to us during life
and a sincere effort to look at them in a true perspective.
This has the effect of taking the ground glass out of us,
the emotional substance that still cuts and inhibits.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 140
Thought to Ponder . . .
Inventory-taking is not all in red ink.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.
Your time is worth much more than money. If you cannot afford to sit and continuously feed hundred dollar bills into a paper shredder, you cannot afford to waste this moment.
This moment and this day are filled with extraordinary possibilities. And you are here right now to make the very most of them.
You have the opportunity, right here and now, to experience a positive, rich and fulfilling life. Why in the world would you ever choose to do anything else?
Instead of wasting your time and energy on anger, choose to invest yourself in love. Rather than burying your unique purpose under meaningless distractions, fulfill and express that purpose with meaningful actions.
Don’t throw this moment away by pretending to be something you’re not. Live this moment fully by authentically being the best of who you are.
The opportunity of your life is now. Take that opportunity now, while it’s here, and live the full richness that is already yours.
— Ralph Marston