Thursday, November 26, 2015
If the only prayer you say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice. —Meister Eckhart
"An attitude of gratitude," we sometimes hear, will help us on our path. There certainly are enough things for us to worry about, grieve over, and complain about. They have their place. But as we mature and no longer use addictive escapes, we learn that joy can exist side by side with grief. Gratitude is a tonic for our self-pity. Saying "thank you" actually opens us to receive more of life's blessings, which sit there waiting for us to notice.
In a pleasant moment we can look around and say, "Aren't we lucky!" That's a kind of prayer, and it connects us with our Higher Power. No matter how painful or worrisome a day may be, we can be thankful for our growth. Gratitude is so simple we sometimes dismiss it while looking for a more complicated answer in our lives. We can say "thank you" for all the simple things like trees, cool air, food, and love between people. It is a risk to be so grateful. Who will be in control? Perhaps our Higher Power.
Higher Power, thank you for all that comes to me without my efforts.
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
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's good. --Frank Buchman
Ours is an illness of more. More! More! More! The greed of addiction decays the soul and leaves us to desperately try to fill the hole that is left behind, but there is never enough. The greed of addiction also keeps us running from the responsibility of a relationship with our Higher Power. Over time we're left with great spiritual pain. Recovery asks us to replace greed with gratitude. If we are sober today, that is enough. We should be grateful. If we can make one person smile today, that is enough. We should be grateful. If we have a place to rest our head and food to nourish our body, that is enough. We should be grateful. As our needs are met, we give thanks instead of demanding more.
Prayer For The Day: Higher Power help me become a person who is thankful for the gift of life and sobriety. Help me give thanks for the challenges as well as the easy times. Help me to see that I am enough.
Action for the Day: Today I will make a list of all the things for which I am grateful. I will give thanks to my Higher Power, especially, for my sobriety.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
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One Day At A Time
Why should not each of us tell himself: "Yes, we AAs were once a burden on everybody. We were 'takers.'
Now that we are sober, and by the grace of God have become responsible citizens of the world, why shouldn't we now about-face and become 'thankful givers'! Yes, it is high time we did!"
- The Language of the Heart, p. 86
Thought to Ponder . . .
We were astounded to find that we were as tight as the bark on a tree.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) http://www.aa-alive.net/index.html
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
by Ralph Marston
Life is always filled with abundance, yet that abundance is not always evident. Thankfulness makes the abundance that is already there completely evident and available.
It’s easy to be thankful when all is well, when life is good, when there are no difficulties or dark clouds on the horizon. Yet it is during those times when problems and hardships abound that thankfulness can bring the most value. For being truly thankful enables you to see, to appreciate, and to make full use of the very real positive value that is always there, even in the most difficult of times. Thankfulness brings real abundance out of hiding by raising your expectations in a way that is undeniably genuine.
Imagine the power of saying to yourself during a difficult experience, “I am truly thankful for this opportunity.” No matter what the situation may be, such an attitude can connect you with the positive possibilities that are most certainly there.
Don’t postpone your thankfulness until you have something for which to be thankful. Realize that there’s always something to be thankful for, and your thankfulness will enable you to see it.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/