You can think. You can make good decisions. You can make choices that are right for you.
Yes, we all make mistakes from time to time. But we are not mistakes.
We can make a new decision that takes new information into account.
We can change our mind from time to time. That's our right too.
We don't have to be intellectuals to make good choices. In recovery, we have a gift and a goal available to each of us. The gift is called wisdom.
Other people can think too. And that means we no longer have to feel responsible for other people's decisions.
That also means we are responsible for our choices.
We can reach out to others for feedback. We can ask for information. We can take opinions into account. But it is our task to make our own decisions. It is our pleasure and right to have our own opinions.
We are each free to embrace and enjoy the treasure of our own mind, intellect, and wisdom.
Today, I will treasure the gift of my mind. I will do my own thinking, make my own choices, and value my opinions. I will be open to what others think, but I will take responsibility for myself. I will ask for and trust that the Divine Wisdom is guiding me.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Forgiveness fosters humility, which invites gratitude. And gratitude blesses us; it makes manifest greater happiness. The more grateful we feel for all aspects of our lives, the greater will be our rewards. We don't recognize the goodness of our lives until we practice gratitude. And gratitude comes easiest when we're in a forgiving state of mind.
Forgiveness should be an ongoing process. Attention to it daily will ease our relationships with others and encourage greater self-love. First on our list for forgiveness should be ourselves. Daily, we heap recriminations upon ourselves. And our lack of self-love hinders our ability to love others, which in turn affects our treatment of them. We've come full circle--and forgiveness is in order. It can free us. It will change our perceptions of life's events, and it promises greater happiness.
Action for the Day: The forgiving heart is magical. My whole life will undergo a dynamic change when I develop a forgiving heart.
I began to understand that I couldn't drink like other people,
that I wasn't like other people, and that I no longer had to try to be.
I felt like Scrooge in the Dickens classic, "The Christmas Carol,"
when he awakes to discover he hasn't missed Christmas after all.
He dances, cries, and laughs aloud, just as I was doing.
Scrooge and I had been reborn to live life as we had never known it.
- Came To Believe, p. 37
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Achieve Anything.
Don’t let the world convince you that you’re a failure just because you don’t meet the world’s definition of success. The most meaningful success is to live according to your highest values, and you can do that in every moment.
It can be good to have nice things and pleasurable experiences. Yet you can be highly successful and fulfilled without having a lot of material wealth or splendid adventures.
You have life, and the ability to choose your thoughts, your feelings, your actions and commitments. No matter what you do or do not own, you can find immense treasure in the beauty, wonder and abundance of the universe in which you’re immersed.
If you live with integrity and authenticity, you are profoundly successful. When you can give love sincerely, and care deeply about life, then true success is most certainly yours.
Excitement, thrills and impressive exploits can be wonderful. Peace, quiet, and deep contemplation can be just as delightful and fulfilling.
Live a life that is profoundly successful in your very own unique way. In every moment, in every situation, you’ll find the opportunity to do so.
— Ralph Marston