Wednesday, December 23, 2015
There are no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart. —Anonymous
Holidays are a wonderful and exciting time of year - a time to enjoy snowflakes falling, company coming, and presents. Sometimes we find ourselves concentrating solely on the wrapped presents and forgetting about the presents of the heart. With our Higher Power's help, we can begin to notice such things as the hug from a brother or sister, the laugh of a grandparent or the hand-drawn card given to us by a friend. All of these wonderful presents and more are ours for the taking; we need only to see beyond the wrapped packages. It is then we will fully experience the joys of the heart.
How many gifts do I see around me right now?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Many of us took so much from others during our addiction that now we may not want to ask for anything.
We may be afraid to ask for help, so our needs go unmet. In fact, many of us would rather give than receive. In recovery, we need to understand the difference between taking and receiving. Giving to others is important. So is receiving from others. As we grow spiritually, we learn to accept gifts. The gift of sobriety teaches us this. We need to accept the gifts the world gives us without shame. We are entitled.
Our Higher Power loves us and will give us much if we're willing to receive it.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be receptive to Your gifts. Help me see and believe that I'm entitled to all the happiness of the world.
Action for the Day: I'll think of what a friend has given me. I'll thank this friend.
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 try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits.
When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love,
the finest emotion that we can ever know.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 37
Thought to Ponder . . .
I have learned how a heart full of gratitude feels.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
by Ralph Marston
The joy of Christmas is, at the heart of it, the joy of life. On Christmas Day we celebrate the gift of life. The brightly colored packages and their contents are mere tokens. The love in which they are given is what brings them their meaning.
And so too with the precious gift of life. The outward appearances and material manifestations are not what really count. They will all too soon rust and fade and crumble. What will last is the love we give, and the love we live, in each moment, in each day, as the years go by.
On a day such as this we have the golden opportunity to remember that, to stop and to sense the reality of what life is truly all about. We remember all over again how good it is to live with love and giving at the top of our list of priorities.
And that in itself is a most wonderful and precious gift, with the power to last a lifetime and beyond.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/