When the Time is Right
There are times when we simply do not know what to do, or where to go, next. Sometimes these periods are brief, sometimes lingering.
We can get through these times. We can cope by using our faith, other people, and our resources.
Accept uncertainty. We do not always have to know what to do or where to go next. We do not always have clear direction. Refusing to accept the inaction and limbo makes things worse.
It is okay to temporarily be without direction. Say, "I don't know," and be comfortable with that. We do not have to try to force wisdom, knowledge, or clarity when there is none.
While waiting for direction, we do not have to put our life on hold. Let go of anxiety and enjoy life. Relax. Do something fun. Enjoy the love and beauty in your life. Accomplish small tasks. They may have nothing to do with solving the problem, or finding direction, but this is what we can do in the interim.
Clarity will come. The next step will present itself. Indecision, inactivity, and lack of direction will not last forever.
Today, I will accept my circumstances even if I lack direction and insight. I will remember to do things that make myself and others feel good during those times. I will trust that clarity will come of its own accord.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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.
Our drinking and drugging was connected with many habits -- big and little.
Some of them were thinking habits, or things we felt inside ourselves.
Others were doing habits -- things we did, actions we took.
In getting used to not drinking or using , we found that we needed new habits
to take the place of those old ones.
- Living Sober, p. 1
Thought to Ponder . . .
Habits are like cork or lead -- they tend to keep you up or hold you down.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
Live it today
You become what you most passionately and persistently do. The way to have the achievement is to live the achievement, day in and day out.
If you see your goals and dreams as distant, blurry objects, you prevent yourself from reaching them. Instead, integrate those goals and dreams into your life right now.
Whatever you wish to experience in your life, live it today. Bring your dreams to life by letting them constantly guide your thoughts, your actions and your attitude.
Don’t just wish or hope or plan to someday be the joyous, fulfilled person you know you can be. Be that person now, with the way you think, the way you imagine, with the actions you take and the way you live your life.
Give each moment, each action, each thought and each choice a purpose that is consistent with the very best life you can imagine. Live the reality of your highest vision, right here and right now.
Live your highest vision, today, in all you do. And with every passing moment, that magnificent vision comes more fully and richly to life.
— Ralph Marston