Tuesday, Novemeber 20, 2012
Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. —Liane Cordes
Perseverance may well be our greatest asset. As we forge ahead on a project, it loses its power over us. Our confidence and abilities grow in concert with our progress on the project, preparing us to tackle the next one too.
We have something special, uniquely our own to offer in this life. And we also have the potential to offer it successfully. However, we don't always realize our potential. Many of us stifled our development with fears of failure, low self-worth, assumed inadequacies. The past need plague us no longer.
Help is readily available for us to discover our capacities for success. Abilities stand ready to be tapped; goals and projects await our recognition. Any commitment we make to a task that draws our interest will be reinforced by our Higher Power's commitment to our efforts. We have a partner. Our efforts are always doubled when we make them - truly make them.
I will not back away from a project today. I will persevere and find completion. I'll feel completed.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Our longing for only life's joys is human--also folly. Joy would become insipid if it were our steady diet. Joyful times serve us well as respites from the trying situations that push our growth and development as men and women.
Laughter softens the cutting edges of the lessons we seek or are cornered by. It offers perspective when the outlook is bleak. And for those of us who are recovering, wallowing in the bleaker times used to be acceptable behavior. But no more. The reality is that each day will present both occasions for anguish and ones inviting easy laughter. Both are valuable. Neither should dominate.
Joy and sorrow are analogous to the ebb and flow of the ocean tide. They are natural rhythms. And we are mellowed by their presence when we accept them as necessary to our very existence.
Action for the Day: Any pain today guarantees an equal amount of pleasure, if I willingly accept them both.
When I showed up at your doors, you kept it very simple for me.
You said, "Don't drink, go to meetings, get a sponsor, and keep coming back."
You said that if I did this, things would get better.
You didn't tell me when but I believed you just the same. . .
I was an alcoholic who wanted a new way of life, and that was all you cared about.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 88
Thought to Ponder . . .
While it isn't always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keep It Serenely Simple.
You are alive, and that is amazing. You can make a difference, you can change things, right here and now, and that is a boundless opportunity.
There are challenges, and they are difficult, even painful. Yet they are nothing when compared to the possibilities.
What’s happened in the past makes you wary about the future. Fortunately, you can act in the present to influence the future in a positive and meaningful way.
Life is an open-ended miracle and it is yours today. Get clear about what you would most like to do with it, and get busy working to make that happen.
You are immersed in a sea of energy and abundance. You have the outstandingly good fortune of being in a position to make something truly meaningful out of it all.
Make your beautiful, amazing presence known in a positive, creative and loving way. The miracle is yours to live right now.
— Ralph Marston