Thursday, August 9, 2012
What is without periods of rest will not endure. —Ovid
When we are tired, we need to stop and give ourselves time to rest. Sometimes we think we can't spare the time. But without rest, all our activity soon becomes a burden and there is no joy in it. Animals know it is necessary to take time to rest. This is part of the rhythm of life: activity and rest, effort and relaxation.
Our bad moods are often our body's way of telling us we need rest. When we were little, we needed naps. Somehow, we forget to allow ourselves this right when we are older. We are wise to remember we never outgrow this need for rest to make the day go better.
When we return to our day refreshed, we have given ourselves and all those around us the gift of ourselves at our best.
What can I do better when I am rested?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm. --Dorothy Parker
Variety in experiences is necessary for our continued growth. We mistakenly think that the "untroubled" life would be forever welcome. It's the deep waves of life that teach us to be better swimmers.
We don't know how to appreciate the calm without the occasional storm that pushes us to new limits of ourselves. The calm following the storm offers us the time we need to become comfortable with our new growth. We are ever changing, refining our values, stepping gingerly into uncharted territories. We are forever in partnership in these new territories, let us not forget.
We long for challenge even in the midst of the calm that blesses us. Our inner selves understand the journey; a journey destined to carry us to new horizons; a journey that promises many stormy seasons. For to reach our destination, we must be willing to weather the storms. They are challenges, handpicked for us, designed to help us become all that we need to be in this earthly life.
Action for the Day: The mixture of the calm with the storm is not haphazard. Quite the contrary. My growth is at the center of each. I will trust its message.
Sometimes, the body can speak an eloquent language all its own.
I see and feel that in meetings.
So coming to regular meetings of AA
is a priceless experience for me on a great many levels --
mental, spiritual, social, emotional, and now possibly physical.
Listening is already a joy to me,
and if it calms me down and lowers my blood pressure,
that's just another reason to keep coming back.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 13
Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to listen; listen to learn.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K C B = Keep Coming Back.
The best choice
A negative reaction to a negative situation just makes things worse. Is that really what you want?
Envy does not bring you what you desire. Resentment does not make things right.
Instead of getting angry or seeking to get even, consider what you could do to move things forward. Even if the situation does not deserve a positive response, you deserve a positive life.
Base your actions not on what’s happened in the past, but on what you wish to create for the future. Instead of getting drawn into an endless conflict, lead the way toward the best outcome you can envision.
What’s happened has happened, and no amount of anger or dismay can change that. What you can influence is what comes next, so work to make it positive and fulfilling.
You have the power to respond in whatever way you choose. Choose to lift the world higher, for it’s always the choice that’s best for you.
— Ralph Marston