Thursday, November 22, 2012
The expression of praise as thanksgiving, gratitude, and acceptance is among the most powerful forms of affirmation. --Catherine Ponder
Gratitude and acceptance are two magic tricks available to us in life. No matter who we are, where we are, or what we have, gratitude and acceptance work.
We may eventually become so happy that we realize our present circumstances are good. Or we master our present circumstances and then move forward into the next set of circumstances.
If we become stuck, miserable, feeling trapped and hopeless, try gratitude and acceptance. If we have tried unsuccessfully to alter our present circumstances and have begun to feel like we're beating our head against a brick wall, try gratitude and acceptance.
If we feel like all is dark and the night will never end, try gratitude and acceptance.
If we feel scared and uncertain, try gratitude and acceptance.
If we've tried everything else and nothing seems to work, try gratitude and acceptance.
If we've been fighting something, try gratitude and acceptance.
When all else fails, go back to the basics.
Gratitude and acceptance work.
Today, Higher Power, help me let go of my resistance. Help me know the pain of a circumstance will stop hurting so much if I accept it. I will practice the basics of gratitude and acceptance in my life, and for all my present circumstances.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”~Eileen Caddy
Praise inevitably has a multiple effect. It positively acknowledges another human being, enhancing his or her well being, while making us feel good. This offering of love, which is the substance of praise, heals all who share in its circle.
We can see the effects of affirmation in the people we admire. We can discern its absence too, particularly among those who struggle. How difficult is it to give small acknowledgments to those we care about? Making a habit of this heals our own inner wounds too.
Affirming a friend or ourselves connects us to the spirit residing within. That bond fills in our empty spaces, making us whole and healed. Our security grows as we praise one another.
Action for the Day: I will freely offer my love in the form of praise to the wonderful friends on my path today.
A Full and Thankful Heart
I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart
cannot entertain great conceits.
When brimming with gratitude,
one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love,
the finest emotion that we can ever know.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 37
Thought to Ponder . . .
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = Heart Open; Please Enter.
Resonate with the goodness
Give thanks for life as it is, for it is beautiful. Show your gratitude for this moment, this day, this life, by fully accepting and embracing it all.
Feel the joy that is embedded in every possibility. Bring the joy to life by putting your energy into what is truly good and meaningful.
All is well, all is beautiful when you resonate with the goodness that is always there. Experience the awesome power of love by giving love to all you know.
Every day is a day to be thankful. For every day is a day to add great richness to life.
What you already have is amazing in its value. The good that can come from it, has no limit.
Gratefully embrace the boundless abundance of all that is. Here and now, great fulfillment is yours to create.
— Ralph Marston