Wednesday, January 30, 2012
Fortunately [psycho]analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.—Karen Horney
The passage of time, coupled with an openness to the messages gleaned from our conversations with others, can provide answers we need for the way out of painful situations. Life is ebb and flow, peaks and valleys, struggles and sweet times. What we fail to realize, all too often, is that the struggles make possible the times that are sweet.
Our conflicts are our special lessons in life. We can learn to flow with them, move through them, trust their value to us as growing, changing women and men. How good it feels to have found security with one another and that power greater than ourselves who can, when we are willing, show us the path to resolution.
Life will never be free of conflict--nor should it be. Our lessons move us to higher planes of awareness. We can experience the joy hidden within the conflict. We can help one another remember that the sweetness of a moment is tied to the pain of a former, forgotten moment.
All events, all experiences, are connected. The path I travel, alone and with others, is bringing me brighter days. I will trust my path. It's right for me.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Go and wake up your luck---Perian proverb
We've been given a second chance at life. For this, we're lucky. And we're grateful. Now it's up to us.
We must accept our choices. When we're afraid, do we choose to be alone? Or do we choose to
go to ask for help? When we're not honest, do we keep it secret? Or do we admit it and try to be
more honest? No matter what we choose, we're responsible for that choice. Through choices, we
either make our life strong or weak. We can choose to be lucky. Or we can choose not to be.
The choice is ours. Our past may have robbed us of choice. It taught us to blame others. Now we see ourselves as responsible.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to choose wisely. Help me remember I'm responsible for my choices.
Action for the Day: Today I'll work at being responsible for my choices. I'll see myself as one of the lucky ones.
It is truly awful to admit, glass in hand, we have warped our minds
into such an obsession for destructive behavior
that only an act of Providence can remove it from us.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 21
Thought to Ponder . . .
When I share my story and remember the last days of my drinking and drugging,
I remember the desperation of selling the last pieces of my soul.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Alive.
Get good from it
Instead of worrying about how difficult it is, focus on how good it can be. Instead of being intimidated by the challenges, choose to be energized and inspired by them.
Whatever the situation may be, you can get good from it. Keep that potential goodness at the center of your awareness, and advance confidently in the direction of the best possibilities.
People will doubt you, laugh at you, complain and oppose you. Yet none of that really matters so much, because even when they do, you can get good from it.
There’s no need to fret about what might or might not be. Simply make the commitment that whatever may come, you will do whatever is necessary to get good from it.
Always, there is much goodness in life. Better yet, there is the possibility for much, much more.
You are wonderfully able to bring that new goodness into being, no matter what. Take this day, this life, this moment, this situation, and get good from it.
— Ralph Marston