Wednesday, January 23, 2012
The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have.--Leonard Nimoy
Look around you at the happiest people you know. They are also the most generous and giving people. A generous spirit creates its own environment. We talk a lot about gratitude - and we have a lot to be grateful for. This feeling of gratitude inspires us to be generous toward others in many different ways. Most sharing is not of material things but a sharing of our spirit, our forgiveness, and our respect for others.
We can cultivate a generous spirit by reminding ourselves that we have enough. We have enough to live well, we are surrounded by love, we have been forgiven for many wrongs that we committed, and life is filled with interesting adventure. When we share from this sense of abundance, our feeling of well-being only grows.
Today I will be generous and sharing toward the other people I come into contact with.
From the book Wisdom to Know by Anonymous
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
Giving Wisely is Safe
Most of us admit that we were selfish people when we drank and used. Even when we brought drinks and drugs for others, we did so either to seek their approval or in the expectancy that they would return the favor.
Our need in sobriety is to become unselfish by giving freely and cheerfully of ourselves. This, too, has its pitfalls. Feeling guilty about past selfish-ness, we may go overboard in helping others do things that they need to do for themselves. This can only lead to failure and disillusionment. It is common to hear someone complain about people who are not on a spiritual path despite help extended to them in finding a job, a place to live, and other necessities.
But in giving, it is not always right to look for a "guid pro quo"… something in return….or even for the others person's well-being. It's best to let the giving itself be its own reward. If we fel good about what we have done, we probably are doing the right things. Later on, when additional and unexpected rewards come to us, we can accept them as bonuses.
Action for the Day: I can make progress in overcoming selfishness and self-centeredness if I give selflessly to others and take an honest interest in their problems.
Honesty is the easiest word for me to understand
because it is the exact opposite of what I've been doing all my life.
But I will never be totally honest -- that would make me perfect,
and none of us can claim to be perfect.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, pp. 400-401
Thought to Ponder . . .
Honesty isn't an event -- it's a process.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
Satisfied with life
Allow yourself to be satisfied with life, just as it is. From your sincere satisfaction, you can move forward.
Being satisfied doesn’t mean being complacent or lacking in ambition. Rather, it means being free of the burdens of regret and resentment.
Be satisfied with where you are, and you can generate the positive energy to get where you want to be. Be satisfied with where you are, and you won’t waste your energy fighting against what already is.
Embrace your situation, whatever it may be. It is the place from which you can move positively forward.
Be truly thankful for the way things are. Your gratitude gives you increased access to the abundance that surrounds you and the possibilities that live within you.
Put yourself in a powerful, effective state. Be truly satisfied, and make use of that satisfaction to create much, much more.
— Ralph Marston