Tuesday, October 2, 2012
One ought, each day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak, a few reasonable words. —Goethe
A spiritual person can nourish their growing spirit through enriching and beautiful experiences. Such experiences might be quiet meditation, reading something, which provides ideas to ponder, conversation with a friend, or listening to music. We have been taught to focus on things more than on people, on goals and achievement, and we neglect to provide ourselves with nourishment for our minds and souls.
Life's experiences include joy and beauty and pain and grief. If we are uplifted every day by beauty in its many forms, we are strengthened and carried along to meet the tougher parts of our day. We may need to push some other things aside to have it. Perhaps some jobs can wait until tomorrow, and we can linger over a meal with our loved ones. Maybe mowing the lawn or fixing the car isn't as important as a half-hour of good music. Do we make space for nourishing moments in each day?
I am grateful for the beauty all around. Help me keep life more balanced so I can receive the spiritual nourishment it provides.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Using time wisely
matter of feeling completely comfortable in the present rather than
believing that happiness depends on something in the future?
Whatever our situation today, it's something we must life through and
deal with effectively. We may be overlooking many wonderful things
in our present life simply because we believe we need some exciting
experience that can only come later on.
We also might be overlooking present opportunities because we're
spending too much time in the past. The past, whether it was god or
bad, is beyond our control.
Our mission is to live effectively and happily today. We can do this
best when we realize that yesterday and tomorrow don't really exist...
today is all we can be sure of.
Action for the Day: I'll live today in the present, handling every problem as well as I can
and enjoying every experience that comes to me.
The moral inventory is a cool examination
of the damages done to us during life
and a sincere effort to look at them in a true perspective.
This has the effect of taking the ground glass out of us,
the emotional substance that still cuts and inhibits.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 140
Thought to Ponder . . .
I want the gift of an untroubled mind.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G I F T S = Getting It From The Spirit.
Live with confidence
In you, there is goodness. Be confident in that goodness.
In you, there is life. Have confidence in that life.
You have the very real ability to do great things. With your goodness, with your life, through your purpose you can make a difference.
Choose to have the confidence to truly make the world a better place. Choose to express the goodness that’s within you by fulfilling your best possibilities.
Be a leader who leads by positive example. Express your love for life with confidence, grace, humility, gratitude and original creativity.
Life is beautiful and unlimited in its possibilities, and you have life in this very moment. Live with the confidence of knowing how good you have it and how much more beautiful you can make it be.
— Ralph Marston