Wednesday, Septmeber 5, 2012
Pity is the deadliest feeling that can be offered —Vicki Baum
We must move forward with confidence, trusting that the strength we need will be given us, having faith in our visions to guide us. Problems need not daunt us. Rather, they can spur us on to more creative activity. They challenge our capabilities. They insist that we not stand still.
Pity from others fosters inaction, and passivity invites death of the soul. Instead, our will to live is quickened through others' encouragement. All else dampens the will. Pity feeds the self-pity that rings the death knell.
We can give strokes wherever we are today and know that we are helping someone live. And each time we reach out to encourage another, we are breathing new life into ourselves, new life that holds at bay the self-pity that may appear at any moment.
We can serve one another best, never by commiserating with sadness's, but by celebrating life's challenges. They offer the opportunities necessary to our continued growth.
Someone needs a word of encouragement from me. I will brighten their vision of the future.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me with the monster that lives within me. I pray it will never again be let out.
Action for the Day: Today, I’ll see myself as a miracle. I’ll be grateful for my new life.
I stood by the coffeepot and welcomed everyone who came by.
I must have experienced a million smiles in a very short time. . .
My troubles were gone for the time that I was doing these things.
And so it can be for you.
If you can't live and you can't die, make coffee.
- The Home Group: Heartbeat of AA, p. 43
Thought to Ponder . . .
Service is gratitude in action.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Ashtrays, Brooms, Coffee.
Perception and possibilities
There may be times when it seems the whole world is working against you. Yet in reality the main thing working against you is your own negative perception.
When one thing goes wrong, then another and another, it seems to you that you’re having a bad day. Keep in mind, however, that it’s just your perception.
Instead of judging the day to be a bad one, take action to make a positive difference. Instead of using your energy to build and maintain a negative perception, put that energy into creating positive results.
You are stronger and much more capable than any random negative pattern that may have befallen you. With determination and effective action, break free.
Although life is filled with great challenge, the world is not against you. Even when one disappointment is followed by another and another, you are not having a bad day.
You are living through a day that is filled with countless possibilities. And you can act right now to bring the very best of those possibilities to life.
— Ralph Marston