Wednesday, September 12, 2012
No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves today. —Brendan Francis
We often find ourselves yearning for tomorrow. We get carried away thinking about the next day's big game or camping trip. We find ourselves daydreaming about how much fun we'll have with friends or what animals we'll see in the park.
The next day comes and perhaps the excitement about the game diminishes because our friends can't make it or the camping trip is cancelled because of bad weather. We feel cheated and begin regretting the missed opportunities of yesterday.
When we find ourselves concentrating only on tomorrow, we need to stop and look around. We'll begin to notice the joke a friend is telling, or the bird flying overhead. We will begin appreciating the joys of the moment.
When we live in the moment, we have no expectations about the next moment, and without expectations, we can't be disappointed, only surprised.
What is delightful about this moment right now?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Releasing the Past.
A large number of people have a tough time coming to terms
with the abuse and abandonment of childhood days. Sometimes we play
those "old tapes" while reliving the past in a mood of self-pity and resentment.
We cannot completely erase the past, but we can turn it over to our friends and
our Higher power. Our goal should be to transform past experiences into constructive examples.
We can start by reminding ourselves that all unhappy experience is a product
of the world's sickness and ignorance. Far from being unusual, our misery
was a common thing that we're only now beginning to overcome.
We can also practice God's forgiveness, remembering that real forgiveness
is humanly impossible. We should resist the temptation to tell others about
our past sufferings in order to gain sympathy. At all times, the old tapes must
be handled with care.
Action for the Day: Whatever happened in the past cannot affect me today unless I let it.
I'll play the old tapes only when it can be done constructively.
We had refused to learn the very hard lesson that overdependence upon people
is unsuccessful because all people are fallible,
and even the best of them will sometimes let us down,
especially when our demands for attention become unreasonable.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditons, p. 115
Thought to Ponder . . .
Trust your Higher Power. Clean house. Help others.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = Found Always In Trusting Him/Her.
You can feel whatever way you choose to feel, so choose to feel good. Feel good about yourself, your world, your possibilities and your life.
You don’t have to ignore or deny the difficult realities in order to feel good. You can be fully aware and involved with life’s realities and still choose to feel good.
You can endure pain and disappointment and still choose to feel good. For there is a beautiful part of you that can always rise above the most painful and burdensome difficulties.
Choose to feel good, and you put yourself in a position of power and effectiveness. Feel good, and feel the genuine strength of your true purpose.
Feel good, and open yourself to the best possibilities. Feel good, and generate new positive energy for moving forward.
Whatever the situation, feel good about yourself and about what you can do. Feel good about life, and let those feelings create a positive reality.
— Ralph Marston