Thursday, September 20, 2012
Education should be the process of helping everyone to discover his uniqueness. —Leo Buscaglia
We are each special, which means there is not another person just like ourselves. Nobody looks just like us. Nobody's voice sounds quite like our own. And nobody thinks through a story just like we do.
Each of us has been created for a special purpose. Maybe it's for what we'll teach a friend, or the way we'll help a sister or a brother. Every day will give us chances to offer our special talents to others. Our being alive is our Higher Power's way of proving that we're important to the family, the neighborhood, and the world.
What important task lies before me today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
Sometimes it does no good to try to “deal” with your feelings. For the
moment, we’re stuck. We can only see things one way. No matter
what anyone says, we’re closed up. For the moment. But this puts our
sobriety at risk.
How do we stop self-pity? Focus on someone else. When we really want
to help someone else be happy, we'll ask our Higher Power’s help.
Then things start to change, because our good deeds come back to us.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, sometimes I get stuck in my old ways.
Help me change my focus at those times.
Action for the Day: I will think of a time when I was stuck in bad feelings.
How did I get out of that spot
When I am willing to do the right thing,
I am rewarded with an inner peace no amount of liquor or drug could ever provide.
When I am unwilling to do the right thing,
I become restless, irritable, and discontent. . .
If willingness is the key to unlock the gates of hell, it is action
that opens the doors so that we may walk freely among the living.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 317
Thought to Ponder . . .
Never mistake motion for action.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W H O = Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness.
Shining positive example
Don’t let the negative opinions, attitudes, and choices of others get you down. Make your own choice to follow a positive, productive and meaningful path forward.
Don’t let yourself be angered or frustrated by the carelessness or incompetence of the people you encounter. With your own relentless commitment to excellence, raise those encounters to a higher level.
Generously and sincerely offer your encouragement, but don’t become dismayed if that encouragement is not immediately embraced. Do what you know is good and right and effective, even when there are few who understand and support you.
There’s no need to compromise your values in order to get along with others. You can be genuinely kind, understanding, compassionate and helpful while also staying true to who you are.
Let the negativity of others inspire you to live each moment of your own life as a shining positive example. Make the whole world better by being your best.
Life is much too precious, and too full of great opportunities, to get mired in the negativity you encounter. Choose to rise above it, and encourage everyone else to come along.
— Ralph Marston