Tuesday, January 22, 2013
One cannot have wisdom without living life. —Dorothy McCall
Living life means responding, wholly, to our joys and our pitfalls. It means not avoiding the experiences or activities that we fear we can't handle. Only through our survival of them do we come to know who we really are; we come to understand the strength available to us at every moment. And that is wisdom.
When we approach life tentatively, we reap only a portion of its gifts. It's like watching a movie in black and white that's supposed to be in Technicolor. Our lives are in color, but we must have courage to let the colors emerge, to feel them, absorb them, be changed by them. Within our depths, we find our true selves. The complexities of life teach us wisdom. And becoming wise eases the many pitfalls in our path.
Living life is much more than just being alive. I can choose to jump in with both feet. Wisdom awaits me in the depths.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Busy people often declare, with some exasperation, that they cannot do everything at once. People with emotional problems, a group that includes many alcoholics and addicts, often feel that they are trying to do everything at once. Quite often, this pressure means that we waste our time fretting about all the things facing us, becoming totally ineffective as a result.
The simple slogan "First things First" shows us how to set priorities in an orderly way. In every situation or problem, there is always one step we can take that is more important than the others. Following that, we find a step of second importance, another of third importance, and so on. Sometimes, a certain action comes first simply because other things depend on it.
By using "First things first" as a guiding principle in our lives, we can live in an orderly, disciplined manner. If we have to reduce our activities, we can decide which few ought to retain. Having made these decisions, we can be at peace about our choices. We cannot do everything at once and we need not feel guilty about it.
Action for the Day: Knowing that order is Heaven's first law, I'll do things today in an orderly manner.
Life will take on new meaning.
To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish,
to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends
-- this is an experience you must not miss.
We know you will not want to miss it.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89
Thought to Ponder . . .
Together we can do what we could never do alone.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E L L O W S H I P = Faith, Empathy, Learning, Love, Openness, Wisdom,
Self-worth, Hope, Insight, Peace.
Yes, you can make real progress. And when you choose to, yes, you will.
The challenges are solid and they are many. Yet the possibilities available to you are many, many more.
You are creative, informed, innovative, and skilled at finding a workable way forward. In your passion to make a difference is a continuous source of positive energy.
Each moment is a moment in which you can work to make more progress. Every thought, every action is an opportunity to add momentum to your efforts.
A vast abundance stretches out in every direction. From that abundance you can create meaningful achievement, value and fulfillment.
Time, resources and possibilities are available to you right now. And now is your moment to make the most of them.
With your authentic intention, persistently applied, you can. When you make the commitment, you will.
— Ralph Marston