Thursday, December 20, 2012
Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else's life, not even your own child's. The influence you exert is through your own life and what you become yourself. —Eleanor Roosevelt
Taking full responsibility for who we are, choosing friends, making plans for personal achievement, consciously deciding day by day where we want to go with our lives, ushers in adventure such as we've never known. For many of us, months and years were wasted while we passively hid from life in alcohol, drugs, food, and other people. But we are breathing new life today.
The world offers us, daily, the opportunity to participate in the adventure of life. It offers us the opportunity to share our talents, our special gifts with those with whom we share moments of time.
We are becoming, every moment of time. As are our friends. Discovering who and what we really are, alone and with one another within our experiences is worthy of celebration.
I will congratulate others and myself today.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Our Higher Power is the candle. And our hearts, like a mirror, reflect a warm, loving glow.
But when we used alcohol and other drugs, we tired to be the candle. We wanted to have control. Many of us acted like this to hide how out of control we felt. We never thought we could be happy by admitting we were out of control.
In recovery, we accept that it’s okay to be the mirror. We accept that our Higher Power is the candle that guides us. We want to be the mirror that reflects how much our Higher Power loves us.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for the light and warmth You give me.
Action for the Day: Tonight, I’ll light a candle and place it in front of a mirror. I’ll study how they work together to light the room.
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.
Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not
completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women
who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.
There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to be born that way.
They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living
which demands rigorous honesty.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58
Thought to Ponder . . .
I need to uncover in order to recover.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
Do some good
If you wish to feel good, do some good. Do some good, not for show, not for credit, not to get one up on anyone, but just because it is good and right.
Even if no one ever knows about it except you, that’s enough. Do some good, just because you have the opportunity, just because you can.
Make the situation better, and it makes you better. Use your strength to create a positive difference, and you grow even stronger.
Real, lasting fulfillment comes not from what you get, but from what you contribute. Make a positive impact on life, and feel how great it feels.
If you spend your time obsessed with what’s in it for you, there will end up being nothing in it for you. Do some good, and it will most certainly be good for you.
Whether life is going great for you or whether it is not so great at all, do some good. Do some good, and feel the priceless satisfaction of making life better for everyone.
— Ralph Marston