Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The most elusive knowledge of all is self-knowledge. —Mirra Komarovsky
Discovering who we are is an adventure, one that will thrill and sometimes trouble us and will frequently occupy our thoughtful reflections. We are growing and changing as a result of our commitment to our selves. And it's that process of commitment that heightens our self-awareness.
We learn who we are by listening to others, by sensing their perceptions of us, by taking an honest, careful inventory of our own behavior. The inner conversations that haunt us while we're interacting with others are poignant guidelines to self-knowledge, self-definition. Just when we think we've figured out who we are and how to handle our flaws, a new challenge will enter our realm of experiences, shaking up all the understandings that have given us guidance heretofore.
It is not an easy task to discover who we really are. It's an even harder job to love and accept the person we discover. But too many years went by while we avoided or denied or, worse yet, denounced the only person we knew how to be. Life experiences offer us the ways to learn about and love fully the person within. Nor will we find the way easy every day. But there's time enough to let the process ease our investigation.
I will be soft and deliberate today as I listen to others and myself.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Nobody can answer the question posed by Abby but ourselves. The point is, are we content? If we hesitate even a moment before replying, perhaps we need to reconsider how we're spending our time.
The solution to fulfillment is simple: Express only love to the others in our lives. It's not what we do, ever, but how we do it. If focusing on giving only love and acceptance to others gives us pleasure, could we want for anything more?
There is nothing anyone can do that's more important than helping another person feel loved or forgiven, if that's called for. Whether we are working or merely at play, our opportunities are unending. We'll know we have done enough if we have welcomed them.
Action for the Day: Today I can offer love to someone quite easily. Both of us will be rewarded.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2
One Day At A Time
"Under very trying conditions I have had, again and again, to forgive others -- also myself.
Have you recently tried this?"
- As Bill Sees It, p. 268
Thought to Ponder . . .
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T G I F = Thank Goodness I'm Forgiven.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
by Ralph Marston
Whether you’re brushing your teeth, delivering a speech, driving through traffic or building a website, there’s nothing to be gained by rushing through it. Give your love, attention and awareness to what you’re doing, and savor the experience.
Instead of breeding anxiety by obsessively focusing on what’s next, create gratitude, joy and effectiveness by savoring what is now. This is where you are, and this is what you’re doing, so do it well.
Richness is found not in some future set of circumstances. The moment to enjoy life’s richness is the moment you’re in.
Whatever you may be doing, keep in mind that your life is a miracle beyond compare. Rejoice at the good fortune you have to live that miracle in any way it happens to unfold.
The value in your life is the value that you choose to place on it. Savor the experience now, and always, and enjoy maximum value and richness in every moment.
Read the full message and many more at http://greatday.com/