Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I always entertain great hopes. —Robert Frost
In our honest journey, we must admit life is often difficult and painful. But these facts do not describe all of life, and they do not determine how we respond. The sun rises warm and bright after a cold and dark night. The open, generous smile of a small child reaches into the soft part of us all. To be strong and hardy men on this spiritual path, we must be truthful about the pain and unfairness in life while holding firmly to a belief in all the generous possibilities.
Surrendering to despair, we trade the uncertainty of options for the certainty of gloom. Then we might say, "At least I'm never disappointed this way." Life isn't filled only with difficulty and pain. It is also filled with people whose dignity and spirit rise above their circumstances. There are situations when great sacrifice or love and wisdom turn a problem into an opportunity and strength. If we look at what has happened in our own lives and in those of others, we have ample reason to hope.
My own past experiences in life gives me great hope in what can be.
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
Life is short: live it up. Nikita
We won't stay sober long unless it's more fun than using chemicals.
The truth is, using chemicals wasn't fun anymore. It was work. We just
told ourselves it was still fun.
So live it up! Try new things. Meet new friends. Try new foods. Taking
risks and having adventures are a basic human need. So go for it.
Sobriety is fun. Living a spiritual life is fun. Get out there and live!
Prayer for the day: Higher Power ,teach me to play. Teach me to have fun. Teach me to live!
Action for the day: Today is for fun. I'll try something new. I'll see how many people
I can get to smile. And I'll celebrate the fact that I'm sober.
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
From the beginning, communication in AA has been no transmission of helpful ideas and attitudes. It has been unusual and sometimes unique.
Because of our kinship in suffering, and because our common means of deliverance are effective only when constantly carried to others, our channels of contact have always been charged with the language of the heart.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 243
Thought to Ponder . . .
Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, AA's speak the language of the heart.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E A R T = Healing, Enjoying, And Recovering Together.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Filled with possibilities
by Ralph Marston
Today will soon be over. Yet the value you create while it is still here will be with you for a long time to come.
Today, there are hurts that you can heal. Today, there are disagreements that you can transform into understanding.
Today, there are challenges and problems that can, through your efforts, become positive achievements. Today, there are weaknesses that can, through your attention and persistence, become strengths.
Today, there are visions that can be forged into reality. Today, there are small moments that can become treasured memories.
Today, there are joys that can be brought to life. Today, there is love that can grow ever stronger.
Today is a day that is filled with possibilities. See how many of the best of them you can bring to life.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/