I'll walk where my own nature would be leading - It vexes me to choose another guide. —Emily Bronte
We journey across many intersections in our lives. Some may point in two directions, while others lead off in several. Our choice of direction can be difficult, especially when our friends choose a road we know to be dangerous. When this happens, we can choose to go our own way without them. If they begin to tease and taunt us about our decisions, may we remember that they are as scared as we were about their friends' reaction. We are not, after all, living for someone else. If we would be leaders, we can be assured that true leadership comes from following our own directions with confidence that it's right for us, not from fear of losing others' company.
We can let others live their own lives without us, if their direction is not for us. We can walk away with pride, satisfied in the knowledge that we refused to allow other people's fears change our decisions.
How have I gone my own way recently?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have wholehearted enthusiasm. --Hannah Senesh
Life offers little if we sit passively in the midst of activity. Involvement is a prerequisite if we are to grow. For our lives' purposes we need enthusiasm; we need enthusiasm in order to greet the day expectantly. When we look toward the day with anticipation, we are open to all the possibilities for action.
We must respond to our possibilities if we are to mature emotionally and recover spiritually. Idly observing life from the sidelines guarantees no development beyond our present level. We begin to change once we start living up to our commitment to the program - its possibilities and our purpose - and it's that change, many days over, that moves us beyond the negative, passive outlook of days gone by.
The program has offered us something to believe in. We are no longer the people we were. So much more have we become! Each day's worth of recovery carries us closer to fulfilling our purpose in life.
Action for the Day: I believe in recovery, my own; when I believe in success, I'll find it. There is magic in believing.
Walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress.
If you persist, remarkable things will happen. When we look back, we realize
that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in our Higher Power's hands
were better than anything we could have planned.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100
Thought to Ponder . . .
Reliance on my Higher Power enables me to match calamity with serenity.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = His/Hers Ever-Loving Presence.
As the task grows more challenging, you can become more effective. As the situation gets more difficult, you can become more inspired.
Even if the outlook is negative, you can choose to realistically be more positive. Where there was once despair, you can bring new value.
From confusion and chaos, you can find and bring out order and meaning. When the situation is going downhill, you can elevate it to a new, more positive track.
Find inspiration in the challenges. Find positive possibilities in the difficulties.
Let go of the fantasy that life always has to be easy to be good. Embrace the reality that you can make a significant positive difference, and that you can find great fulfillment in doing so.
Resolve to bring the goodness to life. And every situation will give you the opportunity to do so.
— Ralph Marston