Tuesday, Novemeber 6, 2012
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
Do something fun today.
If you're relaxing, let yourself relax, without guilt, without worrying about the work that is undone.
If you're with loved ones, let yourself love them, and let them love you. Let yourself feel close.
Let yourself enjoy your work, for that can be pleasurable too.
If you're doing something fun, let yourself enjoy it.
What would feel good? What would you enjoy? Is there a positive pleasure available? Indulge.
Recovery is not solely about stopping the pain. Recovery is about learning to make ourselves feel better; then it's about making ourselves feel good.
Enjoy your day.
Today, I will do something fun, something I enjoy, and something just for me. I will take responsibility for making myself feel good.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
The "shoulds" of our lives can be found all around us. We should wear our seat belts. We should not cry. We should go to our meetings. These "shoulds" usually serve as good guides for us, but they can intrude upon us. If we give them power, they only condemn us and give no useful help. At times we jump toward the "should" because we don't have the courage to live with the insecurity of being human.
If someone at work gets an unfair shake, it takes courage to speak up and say what we think. We may have an impulse to reach out to a stranger, but it takes courage to do it. When an inner feeling emerges from our honesty, fear may prompt us to avoid it, and we need to call on our courage. That is how we fulfill the uniqueness of each of us.
I am alive as a person and a human being. I will not shy away from opportunities to express my humanity.
On his desk, Dr. Bob had a plaque defining humility:
"Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble.
It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore;
to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised,
it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door
and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness,
when all around and about is seeming trouble."
- Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, p. 222
Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility is attentive patience.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P U T = Patience, Understanding, Tolerance.
Live like it matters
If you’ve done poorly, you can now do better. If you’ve done well, you can now do even better than that.
Every moment is an opportunity for improvement. Every day is your chance to make good and meaningful use of your wealth of experience.
There is a beauty within you that longs to be expressed more fully and more richly than ever before. No matter what has already happened, that beauty is more compelling than ever, and now is when you can bring it to life.
Look out at the ocean, look up at the night sky, or listen to the sounds of nature during a walk through the woods. Feel your very real connection with all that is, and feel the immense positive possibilities for true fulfillment.
This is not a time to get caught up in trivialities. This is your moment to experience the wonder of existence in a magnificent and abundant universe.
Live like it matters, because it very much does matter. All of life is depending on you to live with everything you have, and now is your time to do so.
— Ralph Marston