Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Faith is the seamstress
who mends our torn belief
who sews the hem of childhood trust
and clips the threads of grief.
—Joan Walsh Anglund
A seamstress takes large pieces of material and cuts them to size. Then, with the help of needle and thread and buttons, she goes to work to create a finished piece. Sometimes, in the beginning, it is hard to imagine a finished product. But the seamstress believes it is possible and goes to work on it.
Faith is like a seamstress. Faith is what can pull all the unfinished pieces of life into some sort of order. Faith is what lets us know we are all right even when life doesn't seem to make sense. We all need the faith to believe our skills and dreams, and even our heartaches can be sewn into a shape that is beautiful and useful.
Our faith is the seamstress who guides the needle, mends the tears, and helps create a shape and meaning to our lives.
How can I show my faith today?
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
Keep It Simple
To do nothing is failure. To try, and in the trying you make some mistakes and then you make some positive changes as a result of those mistakes, is to learn and to grow and to blossom. --Darlene Larson Jenks
Life is a process, one that is continuously changing. And with each change, we are offered unexpected opportunities for growth. Change is what fosters our development as women. It encourages us to risk new behavior and may even result in some mistakes. Fortunately, no mistakes can seriously hinder us. In fact, most mistakes give us an additional opportunity to learn.
Where we stand today is far removed from our position last year, or even last week. Each and every moment offers us new input that influences any decision from this moment forward. The process that we're participating in guarantees our growth as long as we remain conscious of our opportunities and willingly respond to them. We can be glad that the life process is, in fact, never static. always moving, always inviting us to participate fully.
Action for the day: I will have the courage to make a mistake today. It's a promise of growth.
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
A Simple Program
You are free to disagree or disregard any or all portions of this simple program. That's your choice.
But if you cannot stay sober or have not found happiness, joy, and freedom outlined in chapter five of the Big Book, I offer this suggestion: "Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.
Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program . . . ."
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 34
Thought to Ponder . . .
The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Alive.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Continued path forward
by Ralph Marston
Each failure is an investment in your ultimate success. Don’t squander the investment by beating yourself up over it.
Instead, let your biggest failures set the stage for your biggest successes. Let your worst mistakes position you to reach your greatest achievements.
When you learn through actual experience what doesn’t work, you’re making yourself an expert at what does work. Treasure the real-world expertise that comes from the setbacks and errors, and build on it.
Look objectively at what went wrong, and consider new ways to make it right. Transform the energy of your past disappointments into forward-looking determination.
Whether you get the desired result or not, give yourself credit for making the effort. Then take what you have learned and make another effort.
Keep going, keep learning, keep gathering experience through the ups and the downs. Decide that whatever happens will provide a continued path forward, and it will.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/