Nature, the Gentlest Mother, is
Impatient of no Child . . . .
When a girl sits on the seashore, the waves do not try to slap her around. When a boy wanders alone in a field, the sky does not accuse him of talking back. When a man is alone in the woods, does the earth nag him for failing once more? And when a woman is alone in the park, does the wind whisper behind her back? Nature never blames or condemns: she gives us freedom of thought and plenty of space. Nature's ways are proven and true; she lets us grow at our own rate. Nature brings us sleep, dawn, new days; she is full of new life.
We are a part of nature, and everything we do is part of it. We can find comfort in this knowledge, if we take the time to remember it when we are feeling bad. Nature is always willing to share its serenity.
When we escape to nature, what feelings do we have that we want to take back home with us?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
The future is made of the same stuff as the present. —Simone Weil
The only lessons that matter for our lives at this time will come to us today. Just as what we needed and were ready for yesterday came yesterday, tomorrow insures more of the same. Concerning ourselves with any other moment but the present prevents us from responding when "the teacher appears."
In years gone by, we perhaps hung onto yesterday's problems. We may still struggle to hang onto them. Or perhaps we try to see too far ahead. But we are learning that there is a right time for all growth. A right time for all experiences. And the right time may not fit our timetable. What doesn't come our way today, will come when the time is right. Each day we are granted just what is needed. We need not worry about the future. It will offer us whatever rightly comes next, but it can't do so until we have experienced these 24 hours before us.
There is wonder and joy awaiting me, each day. The growth I experience is just what is needed at this time. I am a student, and the teacher will appear.
My Higher Power has been gracious enough to give me sober days
and a life blessed with peace and contentment,
as well as the ability to give and receive love,
and the opportunity to serve others -- in our Fellowship, my family
and my community.
For all of this, I have "a full and thankful heart."
- Daily Reflections, p. 93
Thought to Ponder . . .
I am grateful for this minute; my eternity may be in it.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
Most of the little things that annoy you are not worth the trouble you take to be annoyed. Choose to let them go, and live bigger.
You can replace the worry, frustration and drama in your life with peace, confidence and joy. Step back from the meaningless noise and chatter, and feel the magnificent depth of your purpose.
Real success is not a matter of mere popularity or possessions. Being truly rich comes from living with authentic purpose and meaning in every moment.
Don’t waste your life struggling to do what everyone else seems to be doing. Live your life doing what matters most to you.
Live bigger than all the little trivial things that threaten to overwhelm you. Make a difference for yourself and others in ways that are uniquely yours.
You don’t really win by winning the fight. You win by living above it.
— Ralph Marston