Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Everything is so dangerous that nothing is really very frightening. —Gertrude Stein
Life is full of dangers and risks and challenges. We can choose to meet them fearfully or in a spirit of welcome. To choose fear, to say, "I won't take that risk because I might lose," is to prevent ourselves from ever winning. If we welcome the danger, the risk, or the challenge, we acknowledge that life is made up of losses as well as victories, of gains as well as pain.
Life holds the dangers as well as the rewards. We choose how we will act. Sometimes we may feel trapped in a cycle of fearfulness. If we examine our own part, will we find that we are neglecting to take a balanced view? Perhaps, through a fear of losing, we are missing many chances for satisfaction.
I will remember: I have the power to choose what my attitude will be toward this day's offerings.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Many of us lament the fact that we wasted youthful years when we should have been earning college degrees or perfecting a skill. Many of us simply do not feel we can take up something new because we missed the opportunity to try it when we were younger.
We are now learning that age is mental, not really physical. Some people seem aged and beaten at twenty-five, while others act sprightly and young at sixty. Moreover, we can find wonderful examples of people who blossom out in new activities without any thought or concern about age barriers. It is never too late for a person to study, to take up a new trade or profession, to follow a new scientific or artistic interest, or to begin other lessons.
If we are using age as a reason for not following our heart's desire, we should ask if we are really finding ways to avoid responsibility for our own performance in life. We may be seeking excuses to spare ourselves the struggle and effort tha tare always required when we do something new or challenging.
It is never too late to be the people our Higher Power intended us to be.
Action for the Day: I will give some thought today to the excuses I've been using for not making better use of my talents and opportunities.
"Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble.
It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore;
to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised,
it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door
and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness,
when all around and about is seeming trouble."
- Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, p. 222
Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility is attentive patience.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
C H A N G E = Choosing Humility Allows New Gifts and Energy.
It’s great to be knowledgeable. Yet what truly matters is what you do with what you know.
It’s important to develop and improve on powerful, practical skills. What’s even more important is to put those skills to use in meaningful ways.
Yes, by all means, dream big dreams and make big plans. Then get quickly to work carrying out those plans and achieving your dreams.
Don’t just talk about what you’re going to do. Stand up, step forward and do what you’re going to do.
Plan, prepare, train and learn. Then put it all to use and fashion some outstanding value from your time, expertise and effort.
Life is here to be lived and experienced. So use all the great things in your life to create and do even more great things.
— Ralph Marston