It isn't for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security. —Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Most of us are on a long uphill climb at this moment. It is a climb we are making together, and yet a climb we can't do for each other. I can reach out my hand to you, and you can grasp my hand in return. But my steps are my own, just as you, too, can only take one-step at a time.
For brief periods we skip, even run, along the uphill path. The rocks and the occasional boulder momentarily trip us up. We need patience and trust that the summit is still achievable. We can help one another have patience. We can remind one another to trust.
We look back at the periods that devastated us so long ago. And now we are here. We have climbed this far. We are stronger, saner, and more secure. Each step makes easier the next step - each step puts us on more solid ground.
I may run into some rocks or even a boulder today. I have stepped around them in the past. I will do so again.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
It's astonishing in this world how things don't turn out at all the way
you expect them to! --Agatha Christie
Probably every day of our lives, a plan goes awry. Often we have
counted heavily on a particular outcome. We generally assume we
have all things under control and know exactly what's best for us,
and everyone else as well. But such is not the case. There is a bigger
picture than the one we see. The outcome of that picture is out of our hands.
Our vision is limited, and again divinely so. However, we are able to see
all that we need to see, today. And more important, if we can trust our
inner guidance regarding the events of today, we'll begin to see how each
day fills in a shade more of the bigger picture of our lives. In retrospect
we can see how all events have contributed, in important ways, to the
women we are becoming. Where today's events are leading we can't
know, for certain, but we can trust the divine plan.
Action for the Day: I will anticipate with faith what lies ahead today. All experiences carry me
forward to fulfill my goal in life. I will be alert for the nudge.
There is no easier, softer way.
To bring the great escape act into sobriety
is to travel with a companion that led me to despair long ago.
The teaching I receive in AA about courage and love helps me to grapple
with the challenges of life as they are given to me one day at a time.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 320
Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to change; change to learn.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time.
Today is an opportunity to do something positive. Today is your chance to add new value to your life and to your world.
Make the commitment to fill this day with meaningful richness and purposeful effort. This is your day to live, so do so with vigor and enthusiasm.
Live today in such a way that tomorrow you’ll have no regrets. Work with discipline and focus to transform the possibilities into real, lasting value.
Rise above the petty complaints, frustrations and inconveniences. This is your day to give your best to what truly matters.
Today, you have the good fortune to play a positive and active role in your own life. Fulfill that role with joy, gratitude, compassion, persistence and love.
The opportunity of this day has already been delivered to you. Graciously accept and embrace it, and make it into something magnificent.
— Ralph Marston