Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be. --Raymond Charles Barker
The attitude that we carry with us into a particular setting will greatly influence our perceptions of any event. Our attitude also influences, positively or negatively, personal interactions, and not just those involving ourselves. The effect of our message is this: our personal power is profound. We have explicit control over our own perceptions. We determine our own attitudes. Every moment of our lives we are deciding what we want to see, to think, to feel. And reflections will inform us that our expectations are firmly fulfilled.
How exhilarating to become aware of our freedom to think and to feel as we wish. However, with this freedom comes responsibility. We're barred from blaming others for our troubles. Each of us is charged with the responsibility for deciding our own fate. How we prepare ourselves for this experience or this day is individually chosen. Every minute we are in control of our perceptions, our attitudes, and our responses.
Today is mine to mold. My attitude, my thoughts and responses.
From the book The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
My Declaration of Self-Esteem:
I am me. In all the world there is no one else exactly like me. There are persons who have some parts like me, but no one adds up exactly like me. Therefore, everything that comes out of me is authentically mine because I alone chose it. --Virginia Satir
Feeling special, feeling worthy and unique in the contribution we make to our surroundings is perhaps not a very familiar feeling to many of us. We may have recognized our differences from others, but not in a positive way. We may well have figured that to be our problem. "If only I were more like her . . ." To celebrate our specialness, the unique contribution we make to every situation we experience, is one of the gifts of la spiritual life.
It's spiritually moving to realize the truth of our authenticity. To realize that no other choice will ever be just like our choice--to realize that no other contribution will be just like our contribution. Our gift to life is ourselves. Life's gift to us is the opportunity to realize our value.
Action for the Day: Today, I will be aware of my gifts, I will offer them and receive them thankfully.
A New Perspective
What we have related is based upon experience, some of it painful.
We had to learn these things the hard way.
That is why we are anxious for you to understand,
and that you avoid these unnecessary difficulties.
So to you out there who may soon be with us --
we say "Good luck and God bless you!"
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 121
Thought to Ponder . . .
Your perspective will change your perception.
Your perception will change your experience.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
Live with honesty
Often, honesty is not easy. Yet ultimately, honesty is much easier than dishonesty.
Being dishonest is never worth the price you must pay. It is impossible to be truly at peace when you are living a lie.
With each bit of dishonesty, you narrow your options. Eventually, you squeeze yourself into a corner from which there is no escape.
A commitment to honesty puts the power of truth on your side. Honesty expands your options and gives durability to your relationships.
Being honest with others compels you to be honest with yourself. And it is only when you are honest with yourself that you can fulfill your awesome positive possibilities.
Deceit can often be tempting, yet honesty is always the best path. Live with truth and you truly live.
— Ralph Marston