For no actual process happens twice; only we meet the same sort of occasion again.—Suzanne K. Langer
Today is not going to be like yesterday. Nor will it resemble tomorrow. Each day is special and promises us many new ideas - perhaps the chance to make a friend, or to learn something interesting from a teacher or a book. Some activities today will be familiar, just like playing a game for the second, third, or tenth time is familiar. And yet, the way each player moves the pieces around the board will be different. The excitement about today is that it is full of surprises. Every thing we do, every conversation we have, will not be repeated in just the same way again, and this reminds us how special each of us is.
What new discovery will I make today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
For to be a woman (or man) is to have interests and duties, raying out in all directions from the central mother(father)-core, like spokes from the hub of a wheel. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh
It is sometimes easy to get overwhelmed by our duties, forgetting that our interests fit the scheme of our lives. They are inspired by our lives and flow from them. Our interests round us out; they beckon us to become our better selves.
Our duties have their places as well. In our careers, with our families and friends, we have responsibilities. People need to be able to count on us for our part in completing their particular scheme for life.
Finding the right balance between our duties and our interests takes daily attention. It is perhaps our greatest struggle. Feeling duty-bound is common among women and men; putting a low value on our interests is a familiar trick we play on ourselves.
We need reminding that our interests will cull out our better, inner selves. We must stretch to become all we are meant to be. Our interests entice us to live up to life's expectations.
Action for the Day: Each day I need to pay heed to interests as well as duties. I will let no day go by without heeding an interest.
The fact that most alcoholics and addict, for reasons yet obscure,
have lost the power of choice in drinking and drugging.
Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent.
We are unable, at certain times, to bring into memory
of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago.
We are without defense against the first drink or high.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 24
Thought to Ponder . . .
The first drink and high has the last say.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = No Other Way.
Thinking and knowing
Thinking is powerful. Knowing is even more so.
Thinking is a function of your mind. Knowing encompasses all you are.
What you think can change from moment to moment. What you know is always a part of you.
What you know goes beyond all doubt. What you know has the clear, powerful presence of truth.
Use your outstanding mind to think. Use your magnificent life to know.
Knowing comes from experience, guided by purpose, and from feeling the wonder of all existence. Know that you can do it, that you can be it, that you can experience it, and you will.
— Ralph Marston