Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Live big! --Brady Michaels
Sometimes, that's the best advice we can hear. Win or lose succeed or fail, go for it, and go all the way. As my flight instructor told me on the first day of flying lessons, "Keep one hand on the throttle and one hand on the yoke." "Aahhhhh!" I would say during my early lessons as the plane lifted into the air, but I kept the throttle pushed all the way in.
There are times when it's wise to be cautious. And there are times when the best thing we can do - the only thing we can do - is go for it by living big. Ask them out. Request the raise. Say no - and mean it. Learn to drive a racecar or climb a tall hill. Learn to snorkel or surf. Dreams remain dreams until you act upon them. Then they become real life.
Will you throw a few coins into the beggar's cup, or will you bring him a hamburger and fries from the local fast-food place? Will you do an average job at work, or will you look for ways to go big - really give it your best - in the everyday areas of your job? Will you put your all - your heart and emotions - into the relationship with the people you love? Will you wait for another, more convenient time to pray, or will you start genuinely trusting your Higher Power?
You don't have to get a life. You've already got one. Live it, and live big.
Higher Power, help me let go of my fear and timidity, and learn to live big.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Harmony exists everywhere, as an entity of itself. Our personal attitudes bring the disharmony to a situation. An attitude of love can bless all situations and all people.
The converse is likewise true. We all desire harmony in our relationships. And we will find it, every time we bring an attitude of honest gratitude into a situation.
How we feel, today, about this person or that situation, reflects the strength of our relationship with our Higher Power. When we experience life in the company of our higher power, we will let life flow. We will observe harmony, then, even in the midst of difference.
All of life's elements are moving toward a state of total and perfect harmony. We need not fear. We can trust the company of our higher power and know that every situation, no matter how adverse its appearance, is contributing to a harmonious outcome if we'd but lend a trusting attitude.
Action for the Day: Harmony is everywhere. I will celebrate it. I will trust the present. I will trust the future.
One Day At A Time
The practice of AA's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions in our personal lives
brought incredible releases from fear of every description,
despite the wide prevalence of formidable personal problems.
When fear did persist, we knew it for what it was, and under our Higher Power's grace we became able to handle it.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 268
Thought to Ponder . . .
Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R = False Events Appearing Real.
Don’t dwell endlessly on what’s wrong. Do something positive, and change your momentum.
When things are tough and life is unfair, the least effective strategy is to complain about it. The most effective strategy is to get busy.
You’re better than the problems. The way to prove that to yourself and to the world is with your actions.
You deserve to feel like you’re on top of the world, so give yourself what you deserve. Embrace the effort, persist through the challenges, and experience the satisfaction of making a real difference.
Treat every situation as an opportunity for positive and meaningful work. Seize the treasure in every moment by doing something useful with the moment.
Delight your senses and your sense of purpose by jumping into action. Work your way past the disappointments, and up to a whole new level of fulfillment.
— Ralph Marston