Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. —Richard J. Foster
As we have reached for instant cures, one-minute answers, and quick highs, we have developed lifestyles that foreclosed deeper possibilities. For instance, when we fail to stay and resolve conflicts in a relationship, we miss the joys of a renewed understanding. Our spiritual development comes in steps, small but meaningful increments that build over a period of time. Many of us have not been patient men and our newfound spiritual life is teaching us that the quickest, most efficient answer isn't always best.
Today, our greatest temptation may be to grab for the fast solutions rather than allowing time for small but important steps to occur. When we are frustrated, it will help to remember the difficulty may lie in our insistence on a quick answer. Sometimes simply being true to ourselves and standing as a witness while the answer develops are all that is asked of us.
I will have faith that time is on my side and it will teach me valuable things.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
The universe is full of magical things waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ---Eden Phillpots
How nice to have the fog lifted! Sobriety lets our wits grow sharper. We can go after our dreams and ideas. We can listen to music and sing. We are part of the magic of the universe. At times we may not feel very magical, but we are. Our spirits hold much magic. Sobriety is magic. We work at making the world a better place. In doing so, we get magical powers. Power that heals and comfort others. Power that heals and comforts others. Powers to understand things that before we could not. Powers that let us see the world as we’ve never seen it. Enjoy the magic and use your powers wisely!
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, let Your magic enter and fill my heart.
Action for the Day: I’ll list four magical powers I have from being sober.
"Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."
Slowly but surely, I’m moving away from the center of the universe.
And with the Tenth Step, when I acknowledge and understand
that operating from my self-will-run-riot defeats me every time,
I can let go of my futile attempts to satisfy and gratify
the great “I am,” and the great “I want.”. .
With the Tenth Step, I am alive.
I am learning and growing, one day at a time. And for that, I am grateful.
- The AA Grapevine, October, 2012
Thought to Ponder . . .
The first step in overcoming mistakes is to admit them.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Attitude Adjustment.
You can achieve, if you will allow. Stop striving to get it, and start living to be it.
Everything is already within your reach. Instead of grasping for what you desire, lovingly and confidently allow yourself to experience it.
Stop hiding behind your doubts. Choose to richly live what you love.
All of life is available to you now. Let go of the fears, and let the best possibilities blossom into magnificent reality.
Welcome this day and all it brings. Embrace this moment by giving your most enthusiastic attitude and effort to it.
Allow your beautiful, unique life to unfold. Feel the pure, authentic love at your center, and let it pull you ever forward.
— Ralph Marston