Wednesday, December 5, 2012
We have each had days when we preferred hiding under the covers, avoiding life at all costs. And in times gone by, we did just that, sometimes too frequently. What we didn't always know, and what we still forget on occasion, is that we have a ready and willing partner who will join us in every pursuit.
The more fully we commit ourselves to one another and to all our experience, the closer we will come to the very serenity we long for. Serenity accompanies our increasing understanding of life's many mysteries. It's easy to cheat ourselves out of the prizes any day offers us. Fear fosters inertia, leaving us separate, alone, even more afraid. But we have an appointment with life. And our appointment will bring us to the place of full understanding, the place where we'll be certain, forever after, that all is well. And that life is good.
Today's appointments are part of the bigger plan for my life. I will face them, enjoy them, and reap their rewards.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Each day provides its own gifts. --Ruth P. Freedman
We are guaranteed experiences that are absolutely right for us today. We are progressing on schedule. Even when our personal hopes are unmet, we are given the necessary opportunities for achieving those goals that complement our unique destinies.
Today is full of special surprises, and we will be the recipient of the ones which are sent to help us grow--in all the ways necessary for our continued recovery. We might not consider every experience a gift at this time. But hindsight will offer the clarity lacking at the moment, just as it has done in many instances that have gone before.
We are only offered part of our personal drama each day. But we can trust our lives to have many scenes, many acts, points of climax, and a conclusion. Each of us tells a story with our lives, one different from all other stories and yet necessary to the telling of many other stories too. The days ahead will help us tell our story. Our interactions with others will influence our outcomes and theirs. We can trust the drama and give fully to our roles.
Action for the Day: Every day is a gift exchange. I give, and I will receive.
Whatever is done is over. It cannot be changed.
But my attitude about it can be changed
through talking with those who have gone before
and with sponsors.
I can wish the past never was,
but if I change my actions in regard to what I have done,
my attitude will change.
I won't have to wish the past away.
I can change my feelings and attitudes,
but only through my actions
and the help of my fellow alcoholics.
Reprinted from Daily Reflections, Page 141, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
Thought to Ponder....
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.
Your life is what you choose to make it. It cannot be any other way.
Other people may give you things, experiences, attention and knowledge. Yet it is up to you to make meaning out of it all.
What happens is significant because of what you do about it. The value of what you own is based on the value that you choose to give it.
Instead of seeking to gain an advantage, realize that you already have an enormous advantage. It is your unique life, coupled with your ability to make choices and to act on them.
There is no use in worrying about what has happened, or living in fear of what might yet happen. There is everything to be gained by choosing to live each moment with positive purpose.
You have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to choose how you envision and live your life. Take the opportunity, now and always, to make it a joyous and fruitful manifestation of the very best possibilities.
— Ralph Marston