Monday, January 21, 2013
Part of taking responsibility for us means taking responsibility for what we want and need, and knowing that's okay to do. --Melody Beattie
Learning to tune in to us, learning to listen to ourselves, is an art. It takes practice. We can use our ability to guess what others want and need and apply that skill to ourselves.
What does it sound like we might want and need? What would we guess would help us feel better? What are our feelings telling us? Our body? Our mind? Our intuition?
If we ask, then listen closely; we'll hear the answer.
We are wiser than we think, and we can be trusted.
What we want and need counts. It's important, and it's valid. It's okay to learn to participate in meeting our own needs.
We can learn to identify what we want and need and be patient with ourselves while we're learning.
Today, I will pay attention to what I want and need. I will not discount myself.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
We need interaction with others, and we need activities. We have many gifts to offer those who cross our paths, and we need the many gifts they have to offer us. But we soon have little to share, to give to others, if we neglect the special times, the empty spaces needed for nurturing the soul.
Some time away from people, activities, and things, some time away to commune with our Higher Power, to seek guidance, to seek security in the fullest sense, will prepare us to better give our gifts to others. That time alone will also ready us to accept others' gifts to us.
When fear persisted, we knew it for what it was,
and we became able to handle it.
We began to see each adversity as a God-given opportunity
to develop the kind of courage which is born of humility, rather than of bravado.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 91
Thought to Ponder . . .
Through adversity, we find strength.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G I F T S = Getting It From The Steps
Be good to your future
Be good to your future. Live with purpose, integrity and discipline in the present.
Now is the perfect time to avoid future regrets. Now is the ideal time to create massive future value.
Today, you have great leverage over how your life will be tomorrow. Use that leverage in such a way that you’ll look back on your choices with gratitude and satisfaction.
What you do right now has a significant influence far into the future. Feel that awesome power and exercise it wisely.
Never forget that all your actions have very real consequences. Today you can choose the actions that bring the best, most desirable consequences.
Be good to yourself by being good to your future. Use your choices right now to choose a future that’s just the way you’d like it to be.
— Ralph Marston