Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Life has got to be lived--that's all there is to it. At 70 I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that, "This, too, shall pass!" —Eleanor Roosevelt
Wisdom comes with age, but also with maturity. It is knowing that all is well in the midst of a storm. And as our faith grows, as we trust more that there is a power greater than ourselves, which will see us through, we can relax, secure that a better time awaits us.
We will come to understand the part a difficult circumstance has played in our lives. Hindsight makes so much clear. The broken marriage, the lost job, the loneliness have all contributed to who we are becoming. The joy of the wisdom we are acquiring is that hindsight comes more quickly. We can, on occasion, begin to accept a difficult situation's contribution to our wholeness while caught in the turmoil.
How far we have come! So seldom do we stay caught, really trapped, in the fear of misunderstanding. Life must teach us all we need to know. We can make the way easier by stretching our trust--by knowing fully that the pain of the present will open the way to the serenity of the future.
I know that this too shall pass.
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
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Have the courage to live; anyone can die.---Robert Cody
Living means facing all of life. Life is joy and sorrow. We used to be people who wanted the joy without the sorrow. But we can learn from hard times, maybe more than we do in easy times. Often, getting through hard times helps us grow. When things get tough, maybe we want to turn and run. Then, a gentle voice from within us say, “I am with you. You have friends who will help.” If we listen, we’ll hear our Higher Power. This is what is meant by “conscious contact” in Step eleven. As this conscious contact grows, our courage grows. And we find the strength to face hard times.
Prayer for the Day: I pray for the strength and courage to live. I pray that I’ll never have to face hard time alone again.
Action for the Day: I’ll list two examples of conscious contact” in my life.
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
I need power each day, because I get weary.
But my Higher Power as my source of strength, I can face life.
The ocean and the sun and the trees and all the fantastic beauty that the Universe has created have finally become very real to me.
I crave and need the presence of nature.
But I must also bear in mind that it is the spirit within me, which comes from my spirituality and my Higher Power, that is going to be the healing force.
I can turn to it wherever I am.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 103
Thought to Ponder . . .
The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
by Ralph Marston
Don’t wait in idleness for your life to go where you want it to go. Get out in front and lead it there.
Expect the best, hope for the best, and then take the next, crucial step. Spring into action, employ your resourcefulness and engage your creativity to make all those good things happen.
You deserve the best in life, but that doesn’t mean anything is going to be given to you. You have the good fortune of being able to earn it.
You can define precisely what you seek, and visualize yourself making it happen. Then you can live that vision, and express it through your actions to make it real.
Patience is a virtue, but patience does not mean sluggishness. Get yourself actively involved in life on every level, and the more you do so, the better life gets.
Choose your direction with decisiveness, commitment, action, time, energy, and everything else you have. Get actively involved in leading your life, and your life will go right where you lead.
Read many more messages from Ralph Marston at http://greatday.com/