Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
The reality is that changes are coming....they must come. You must share in bring them. --John Hersey
Change. It's scary. It's hard. It's needed. Sometimes it feels bad. But one thing is for sure: it keeps on happening. Just when our life seems settled, it changes. We can't stop life. We can't stay this age forever. The world changes. Life moves on. There are always new things to do and learn. Changes means we're always beginners in some ways. We need to ask for wisdom and courage. We get it by listening, by praying, by meditating. When we ask, our Higher Power will teach us to be part of good changes.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me believe that Your plans call for good changes.
Action for the Day: Today I'll think about the changes in my life. I've lived through a lot. I'll be okay when more changes come. I can keep on growing.
Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to AA,
and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation.
Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction
and as willing to listen as the dying can be.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 24
Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to listen; listen to learn.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
Opportunity for goodness
When good and positive things come into your life, use the opportunity to make something good out of them. And when negative, disappointing things happen in your world, use that also as an opportunity to make something good from them.
Every moment is an opportunity for new goodness. Every situation gives you a chance to be of real value to life.
Instead of getting frustrated, get creative. Instead of getting bored or complacent, get inspired.
Life is what it is, and whatever it may be, you can make it better. The sun shines for a while, and then the storms crash onto the shore, and through it all you can continue to create new, living value.
There’s no need to worry about what might come, or what might be gained or lost. Choose instead to put your energy into making the very best of whatever may be.
Whatever is, is also an opportunity for new goodness. Grab each day’s opportunity with enthusiasm and love, and feel the fulfillment that follows you everywhere you go.
— Ralph Marston