Thursday, November 29, 2012
One way to become enthusiastic is to look for the plus sign. To make progress in any difficult situation, you have to start with what's right about it and build on that. -- Norman Vincent Peale
Beginning our days with a positive mental outlook is a great depression chaser. Simply lifting our heads and looking up and out instead of down will make us feel better. Although we can't spend all our time staring at the sky, we can train ourselves to look for the best in ourselves and others.
Even in the middle of difficulty or pain, we have choices. We can choose a gloom-and-doom attitude and endlessly replay the thoughts that accompany it. Or we can step back and find the one good thing. We may be blinded with pain. The situation may appear hopeless, utterly bleak. But life guarantees that we are equal to it; that in our pain there is at least one good thing.
We are the masters of our fate. We can change even the most difficult situations with an attitude of hope and positive expectation. Approaching each day with a hopeful heart will give us a different approach to our troubles.
Today help me find the one good thing. Help me let go of fear and negativity.
From the book Body, Mind, and Spirit by Anonymous
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
One is happy as the result of one's own efforts.--- George Sand
Happiness is not an accident. It comes from following the spiritual voice found in each of us.
This isn't always easy. Sometimes, the voice tells us to do things we're afraid of. For Example, if we're lonely and the voice tells us to call someone on our phone list, we may make excuses to not do it. Again, the voice may say, "Just make the call. It will be okay." If we follow the voice, we will find happiness.
The spiritual voice inside us speaks of care and love. It will never tell us to hurt others or ourselves. It's our Higher Power's voice . It's what Step Eleven calls "conscious contact." If we follow this guiding voice, it will lead us to happiness.
Prayer for the Day: I pray that I'll come to know my Higher Power by listening to the spiritual voice in me.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll meditate and listen to my higher power gentle voice within.
Self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace
to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures.
It is a step in the development of that kind of humility
that makes it possible for us to receive our Higher Power's help.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 98
Thought to Ponder . . .
The ego seeks the destination; the soul seeks the journey.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = His Ever-Loving Presence
Jump on it
When you have an idea, jump on it and make it happen. The reason you have the idea is because you’re the person who can bring it to life.
When there’s something that must be done, get busy and do it. Waiting until later will just make it more difficult, so be easy on yourself and get it over with.
When there’s something you would really love to do, start working on making it happen. If you put it off until someday, that someday will never come.
Don’t just know it or see it or feel it or plan it or wish for it. Act on it.
You can make things happen right here and now, so do. Every situation presents you with an opportunity to add to life’s substance.
The longer you wait, the more opportunities you miss. Jump in, jump on it, and make the most of your awesome possibilities right now.
— Ralph Marston