When a person drowns theirself in negative thinking they are committing an unspeakable crime against themselves. —Maxwell Maltz
Negative thoughts can rule our lives as compulsively as an addiction. The feelings of power we get from holding a dismal and gloomy outlook deprive us of the positive and pleasant parts of life. Some of us have said, "If I expect the worst, I won't be disappointed. If I think the worst about myself, no one else can cut me down." It is like taking a driving trip and looking only for trash and garbage in the ditches, ignoring the beauty beyond. Indeed, what we see may be real, but it is a very limited piece of the picture.
When we have relied on negative thinking, it feels risky to give it up. We cannot do it in one day. We can begin by imagining ourselves with a more open attitude toward the world and ourselves. Then we can try it out as an experiment in little ways, with no commitment. Finally we reach the point where we can take a risk and entrust our Higher Power with the outcome.
Today, I will experiment with hopeful and positive thoughts about what happens.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
with clarity where they may lead us only after we've reached our destination.
Of one thing we can be certain: Today's experiences, in concert with
yesterday's and all that's gone before, are combining to weave an intricate
life design, unique, purposeful, and for our ultimate good.
the past. Our destination remains the same, and our arrival is guaranteed.
Our actions and decisions are never wrong. We may veer off course for a
time, but the design for our lives will pull us back on the track.
course. In fact, when we're working the Steps, we're at ease with our
direction, and we trust the outcome of our efforts to the power of the
program. We will add to the richness of our design, today, just as
we have every day of our lives. We can anticipate today's experiences
with an excited heart.
everybody and every event my full attention.
I am deeply convinced that so long as I continue to strive, in my bumbling way,
toward the principles I first encountered in the earlier chapters of this book,
this power will continue to flow through me. What is this power?
With my AA friends, all I can say is that it's a Power greater than myself.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 386
Thought to Ponder . . .
The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = His Ever- Loving Presence.
You are just one quick step away from beginning to make progress. Take that first step, and start to put momentum on your side.
Don’t continue pouring your time, energy and resources into staying comfortably where you are. Invest yourself in new achievement, new experience and new fulfillment.
The biggest regrets are for opportunities missed, for actions not taken. Instead of creating future regrets, use this day to create present and future value.
Use this day to do something useful, purposeful and meaningful. Feel how great it feels to make a real difference, and commit yourself to continue feeling it.
Don’t let your doubts hold back your actions. Instead, take action and let those actions erase your doubts.
The opportunities are here for you, so choose to be here today for them. Get up, get going, get started and get on with bringing new value and achievement to your world.
— Ralph Marston