Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I will, I will accept myself
With hope and fear and wonder
And what I have joined together
Let no man put asunder.
There is a wonderful freedom in acceptance. When we accept ourselves, with all our imperfections, we can then begin to accept others just as they are. This is especially exciting when we apply this discovery to our own families. A family is like a bouquet of flowers arranged in a common vase. Each flower is different. One might be blue, one white, one a rose, one a chrysanthemum. But each adds to the beauty of the whole bouquet and enhances the vase that holds it.
It isn't important that we know why one flower is blue and one white. We don't have to understand how a rose becomes a rose to appreciate the arrangement. We just accept it for what it is. Acceptance of others does not mean agreement or approval. How boring if we only accepted those who reflected our own ideas and opinions! How dull to look upon a bouquet of exactly the same flowers.
Today, will I accept the differences between us as part of our beauty together?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.---Vittorio Alfiert
little push, maybe a big push from our family, police, or the pain of our disease.
But still, we’ve chosen recovery. We choose daily to let our Higher Power run
our lives. What trust! What faith! What courage!
We work hard at recovery. We do our meditate. We look for ways to serve others.
Each one of us is building a miracle. We can be proud of this.
Prayer for the Day: I pray that I’ll have the courage to love myself. High Power,
teach me to pat myself on the back when I deserve it.
Action for the Day: I will list three ways I am brave in my life and share them.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that our Higher Power is doing for us
what we could not do for ourselves.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84
Thought to Ponder . . .
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A R T = Always Remain Teachable.
Venture beyond what you know you can do, and soon you’ll know you can do more. Give yourself a solid, meaningful, positive challenge, and in working to meet that challenge you’ll encounter a more powerful you.
If you feel stuck, the way out is not to hope for someone who will come along and make it all better. The way out is to be the motivated, passionate, purposeful person who will indeed make things much better.
When you don’t know how, take it upon yourself to learn. When you’re not sure what to do, work through your choices and your priorities until you’re able to aim your focus in a specific direction.
Life can be complicated, yet you have what it takes to figure it out. Life can be challenging, and yet you have the outstanding ability to work through those challenges.
From the most difficult situations you can build your biggest successes. Beyond your comfort zone is your achievement zone.
Step boldly and confidently into that achievement zone, and enthusiastically do the work it demands of you. Discover how very much you can do by making the real, unwavering commitment to get it done.
— Ralph Marston