Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose. —Billie Holiday
Our struggles with other people always take their toll on us. They often push us to behavior we're not proud of. They may result in irreparable rifts. They frequently trigger an emotional relapse. No battle is worth the damage to the psyche that nearly any battle can cause. Nonresistance is the safer way to chart our daily course.
Bowing with the wind, flowing with the tide, eases the steps we need to take, the steps that will carry us to our personal fulfillment. Part of the process of our growth is learning to slide past the negative situations that confront us, coming to understand that we are in this life to fulfill a unique purpose. The many barriers that get in our way can strengthen our reliance on our Higher Power if we'll let them. People or situations need never thwart us. We will profit from taking all experiences in our stride. The course we travel is the one we chart. The progress we make toward our life goals is proportionate to the smoothness of our steps.
I will flow with the tide. It will assuredly move me closer to my destination.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.---James Russell Lowell
We need to allow this to happen. At times, it’s scary to give up old ways and old opinions, but this is what allows new growth. Every day, we wake up to a new world. Being alive means change. Opinions and ideas are like a strong tree: the base is strong, but leaves change with the seasons.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me stay fresh and alive. Help me stay open to new ideas and attitudes. Help me to not become rigid.
And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.
When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation
-- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity
until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation
as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God's world by mistake.
Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober;
unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world
as what needs to be changed in me and my attitudes.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417
Thought to Ponder . . .
My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change.
Holding a grudge can get heavy and tiresome. Lighten your load by letting it go.
Looking for someone to blame for what’s wrong takes time and effort away from doing what’s right. Do yourself and everyone else a favor, and put your energy into positive actions.
Being envious of those who have more, just locks you into a mindset of having less. Rejoice at the good fortune of others, and it becomes your good fortune too.
If you seek to bring someone else down, that brings you down as well. Seek instead to lift others up, and you cannot help but lift yourself with them.
If you live with a negative outlook, you’ll find yourself always in a negative world. Choose instead to see the positive side, and align yourself with the most favorable possibilities.
Life can be outstandingly good if you’ll see it and allow it. Live positive, moment by moment, and live very well.
— Ralph Marston