When you send out real love, real love will return to you. —Florence Scovel Shinn
Real love is selfless love. It expects nothing in return. It is not conditional. It doesn't keep score. It is too seldom given. Many of us experienced some hurting, feeling unloved, looking desperately for love, unable to love selflessly. But we are learning.
We are climbing the same mountain, all of us. Our particular paths will cross the paths of many others before reaching the top where we will find full enlightenment. And any path we cross has a special contribution to make to our own progress. We can be grateful for all intersecting paths, no matter how adverse they seem at the time. We can offer all our fellow travelers real love, and our own trip will benefit many fold.
We need not be ashamed of our desire for love. Nor need we feel shame that we've bargained for it. But we do need to understand that the kind of love we seek can only be gained when we quit searching for it and simply offer it to all the people in our midst.
I will look into the hearts of all the people I encounter today and offer them love. I'll receive that which I give.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
"If onlys" are lonely. --Morgan Jennings
The circumstances of our lives seldom live up to our expectations or desires. However, in each circumstance we are offered an opportunity for growth or change, a chance for greater understanding of life's heights and pitfalls. Each time we choose to lament what isn't, we close the door on the invitation to a better existence.
We simply don't know just what's best for us. Our vision is limited. Less so today than yesterday, but limited still. The experiences we are offered will fail to satisfy our expectations because we expect so much less than our Higher Power has planned for us in the days ahead.
We get what we need, in the way of relationships, adventures, joys and sorrows, today and every day. Celebrating what we get and knowing there is good in it eases whatever trial we are undergoing. We are cared for, right now. We need not lament what we think we need. We do have what we need. We will always get what we need, when we need it.
Action for the Day: I will breathe deeply and relax. At this moment my every need is being attended to. My life is unfolding exactly as it should.
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.
We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.
We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve
contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85
Thought to Ponder . . .
The alcoholic is in no greater peril than when he takes sobriety for granted.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Aware
Not just the easiest
Taking the easy way out does not usually end up being very easy. Taking the easy way out in the short run will make things much more difficult in the long run.
You have the choice to completely deal with each problem when it arises. That’s much better, and ultimately easier, than simply delaying the consequences until later.
You have the ability to speak the truth, and to take responsibility for your actions. In the end, that’s easier than making increasingly difficult efforts to hide who you are and what you’ve done.
The life you experience in the future is determined by the way you act right now. Consider each of your choices in light of its overall impact on your life, not just based on what’s easiest for the moment.
The quick and easy answers can often lead to lingering, difficult consequences. The way to live a life that’s good is to honestly work through the difficulties rather than avoid them.
You deserve the best in life, and not just the easiest, least effective answers. You deserve the richness and fulfillment that a life of responsibility brings.
— Ralph Marston