Thursday, October 29, 2015
Let everyone sweep in front of their own door, and the whole world will be clean. --Goethe
Taking care of ourselves rather than trying to control others may be difficult. Our character defects may lead us to believe we should take responsibility for the actions of others. Sometimes we may feel we know how a spouse, co-worker, or friend should act. We may even go so far as to tell someone what he or she should do or do it for them.
Tonight we can reflect on our actions of today. Did we cover up another's behavior, or tell someone what to do, or take control of something that was not our responsibility? We need to realize that taking charge of another's life is not beneficial to anyone. Focusing on another's life keeps us from looking at ours. Doing for others what they should be doing for themselves takes away valuable lessons for growth.
What would happen if everyone in a classroom were the teacher? Who would listen and learn? Who would mature and grow? The teacher in our lives is our Higher Power. Let us respect our instructor and let our Higher Power do the guiding while we grow.
Help me listen and learn and let go of controlling others.
From the book Night Light by Amy E. Dean. ©
From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
We owe each other respect. We cannot expect to be respected if we don't respect others around us. When we respect others, we respect their property and personal belongings as well as their self-esteem and their right to voice an opinion. Respect is a way of cooperating with each other.
We can imagine a submarine where crewmembers did not respect each other's personal belongings or their ability to do the job. The ship would soon stop functioning because of the chaos. In a family we live in close quarters, like a submarine crew. Respect for each other is one of the things, which keeps chaos from breaking out. When we grow in respect for each other's property, abilities, and self-esteem, we soon see how valuable each member of our crew really is.
Action for the Day: Today and every day I show respect to those around me.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support ForumsDaily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2
One Day At A Time
Is there no hope for the very intelligent alcoholic or addict who cannot see that it's their ego, not their IQ, that is the issue in their drinking or drugging?
Yes, there is indeed hope. By a paradox they will later rejoice in, but cannot recognize today, their progressive illness will save them.
If it doesn't kill them first, alcoholism or addiction will beat them to their knees. Pain will be their educator, their mentor.
They will topple from the throne from which they have looked down with condescension upon "those alcoholics" and "those addicts."
They will echo the words at the end of Chapter Two of the Big Book: "Yes, I am one of them; I must have this thing."
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], pp. 308-309
Thought to Ponder . . .
Pride in my intelligence blinded me to how much I did not know.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P R I D E = Personal Recovery Involves Deflating Ego.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
by Ralph Marston
It’s good that you care, yet it takes more than caring. It takes action and ongoing commitment to nurture, achieve and support the things you care about.
Genuinely caring is vitally important, and it is just the first step. Genuine caring compels you to work for what you care about.
Go beyond merely saying that you care. Show that you care with your actions and priorities.
Don’t merely wish for a positive outcome. Make the effort to make that positive outcome actually happen.
Your caring makes a difference when you step forward and make a difference.
Read the full message and many more at http://greatday.com/