Tuesday, December 4, 2012
They were the first . . . self-created people in the history of the world. And their manners were their own business. And so were their politics. And so, but ten times so, were their souls. —Archibald MacLeish
There once was a child named Yemaya. Even before she could walk or talk, her mother introduced her to the trees. Yemaya touched them and they accepted her. They told her she was wonderful and she knew it was true.
As she grew up, Yemaya occasionally met people who said unkind things to her. When this happened, she went back to her trees, who continued to tell her she was just fine. She couldn't understand what was wrong with those who were mean to her. Whenever they appeared and insisted on being mean, she pretended what they said was an arrow that sailed right by as she stepped out of the way.
We can do the same. What others say or think is part of them and their lives, not ours. When we are wise enough to let go of things that don't belong to us, we will find our own treasures.
What can I step out of the way of today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families
Change is constant. And we are always becoming. Each chance, each feeling, each responsibility we commit ourselves to adds to the richness of our adulthood. We are not yesterday's person, today. Our new awarenesses have brought us beyond that person. And we can't go back without knowing, somehow, that she no longer meets the needs of today.
We can look forward to our changes, to the older person we are becoming. We will have the wisdom that we still lack. We will have learned to live and let live. We will have acquired, through years of experiences, a perspective that lends sanity to all situations.
The lessons we are learning today, the pain that overwhelms us now and again, are nurturing the developing person within each of us. If only we could accept the lessons and master them. If only we could trust the gift of change that accompanies the pain.
Action for the Day: I am becoming. And with the becoming, comes peace. I can sense it today. I know where I was yesterday.
Doing the right things for the right reasons --
this is my way of controlling my selfishness and self-centeredness.
I realize that my dependency on a Higher Power
clears the way for peace of mind, happiness and sobriety.
- Daily Reflections, p. 359
Thought to Ponder . . .
Happiness and peace of mind are always here,
open and free to anyone.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F = Happy, Joyous, Free
You can make something of this day, so do it now. You can transform challenge into achievement, so go ahead and make it happen.
Opportunity is not some free ride that is granted to just a lucky few. Opportunity is always there, available to anyone who is willing to work for it.
Transforming opportunity into achievement is not easy, and that is in fact the whole point. It is in the effort that the value of achievement is created.
You can make that effort, this hour, this day, this year, and for as long as you choose to make it. The more real, meaningful effort you’re willing to give, the more your life and your world will be filled with achievement and value.
You can make something of this life, of this challenge, of this opportunity, so do. Be willing, get busy, stay on it, and get yourself an increasing dose of delicious fulfillment.
Give your very best, and get the very best of life in return. Make something of it all, and make it all into something truly meaningful and great.
— Ralph Marston