You were there when I needed you. You stood above all of the others with your strength and you guided me. To each of you I offer my being, my love and all that I am. —Deidra Sarault
Each of us is guided while we act as guides to one another, throughout the day, throughout our lives. We are interdependent. Everywhere we look, someone is learning from us and we from them. We often know not what we give, when we give it. And we seldom realize the value of what we're receiving at the time we accept it.
Resistance to what another person is offering us may be our natural response. But the passage of time highlights the value of the experience. We can look for the comforters in our lives. They are there offering us strength and hope enough to see us through any difficulty.
We need both the rough times and the soft shoulders of a friend. They contribute equally to the designs our lives are weaving. The rough times press us to pray, to reach out to others for solace. And our pain gives others the chance to heal our wounds. We are all healers offering strength. And we all need healing.
One of the greatest gifts of my life is giving and receiving strength.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
Releasing the Past
Garbage in, Garbage Out
One thing we don't need in our lives is garbage from the past. Yet many of us say that old thoughts and bitter memories often sneak devilishly back to spoil what should have been a pleasant day. Why do we let garbage from the past befoul our lives a second time?
Computer programmers use a certain expression when their systems turn up errors: "GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT." If you feed erroneous, useless information into a computer, that's what you get back.
We seem to have built-in computers that work the same way. If we waste time and energy talking about past injustices or old mistakes, we are unwittingly calling them back into our lives. We are bringing back garbage that should have been discarded permanently to make room for better things.
There is no benefit in bringing back old garbage. We can't change the past. We can't change our mistakes by brooding about them, and we can't obtain justice by remembering how badly we were treated or by plotting revenge. When we bring back garbage, we allow it to occupy space that should be devoted to constructive and positive things.
If we don't want garbage in our lives, let's not put it there by bringing up matters that should have been released, forgiven, and forgotten.
Action for the Day: I will keep my mind on the present, knowing that a positive attitude will help me make the best of the opportunities that come to me.
Humility for Today
Guilt is really the reverse side of the coin of pride.
Guilt aims at self-destruction and pride aims at the destruction of others.
This is why I see humility for today as that safe and secure stance
midway between these violent emotional extremes.
to take my next small step up the clearly marked road that points to eternal values.
- The Best of Bill, p. 47
Thought to Ponder . . .
Many people haven't even a nodding acquaintance with humility as a way of life.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
C H A N G E = Choosing Humility Allows New Gifts and Energy.
Getting it done
Whatever it is that you must do, go ahead and get it done. Instead of avoiding the effort, embrace the opportunity to make a difference.
You may not get it perfect, yet you can get it done. It may be tedious and not much fun, yet it can bring great new value to your world.
It feels much better to have it done. So get yourself to that good feeling as quickly as possible by going ahead and getting it done.
Don’t just let your life happen in a random, unfocused manner. Make life happen in the way you choose by putting your time and effort into it.
Every choice, every action or lack of action, has consequences. Choose the very best consequences for yourself and for your world by choosing to do what must be done to bring them about.
Right now, you’re in a position of great power, so make good use of that situation. Take an active role, get it done, and create a great and fulfilling life for yourself.
— Ralph Marston