Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Humility is just as much the opposite of self-abasement as it is of self-exaltation. —Dag Hammarskjold
In our struggles with self-hate and guilt, we may have thought we were humble - or perhaps even too humble. But self-abasement, which often alternates with feelings of superiority, is not the spiritual quality of humility that we strive for in our life.
With humility, we respect ourselves and our place in the universe. Humility is having ourselves in perspective, knowing we are connected to the whole world, accepting how small and powerless we are, and accepting the power and responsibility we have. With this spiritual feeling comes a sense of awe for the world we live in and a feeling of gratitude for the life we've been given.
The humility I feel today goes hand in hand with my self-respect and gratefulness for being part of life.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Any man may make a mistake; none but a fool will persist in it.---Cicero.
The way we face life's challenges is what gives meaning to our lives. If we run from our mistakes, they follow us. If we stand up and work with them, we learn. Facing our mistakes teaches us wisdom and courage. Our self-respect grows. Spiritual growth means asking, “How would my Higher Power want me to deal with this mistake?” Then we listen for the answer and do what is needed. The better we get at facing our mistakes, the better we become at learning from them. Native American culture teaches us that all mistakes in life are gifts. The gift is that we are given a chance to learn.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me face the mistakes of life and find the lessons that lie within them.
Action for the Day: When I make a mistake, I'll stop and ask, "What does my Higher Power want me to learn from this?”
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One Day At A Time
. . . unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world
as on what needs to be changed in me and my attitudes.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417
Thought to Ponder . . .
New ideals and new attitudes bring a new life.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Let life encourage you
by Ralph Marston
Give yourself permission to feel great about right now. Give yourself the go-ahead to bubble with enthusiasm for what you can do with this day.
Remind yourself how good it is to look forward to the future. Realize all you can do today to make tomorrow worthy of eager anticipation.
Breeze on past any setbacks that have come your way. What’s happened has happened, and the best thing you can do about it is to accelerate your pace toward a more positive place.
Applaud the challenges that come your way, for those challenges reveal your strength and increase it. Radiate true confidence as you transform the challenges into achievements.
Let life encourage you, whatever it may hold. With your attitude, your words and actions, share that encouragement with everyone you encounter.
In every joy, in every sadness, through the ups and the downs, decide you’ll let life encourage you. Inject the energy of that encouragement into everything you do.
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