Monday, January 25, 2016
The time of discipline began. Each of us the pupil of whichever one of us could best teach what each of us needed to learn. —Maria Isabel Barreno
"When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears." Life's lessons often come unexpectedly. They come, nevertheless, and they come according to a time frame that is Divine. As we grow emotionally and spiritually, we are readied for further lessons for which teachers will appear. Perhaps the teacher will be a loving relationship, a difficult loss, or a truant child. The time of learning is seldom free from pain and questioning. But from these experiences and what they can teach us, we are ready to learn. As we are ready, they come.
We all enjoy the easy times when the sailing is smooth, when all is well, when we are feeling no pain. And these periods serve a purpose. They shore us up for the lessons which carry us to a stronger sense of awareness, to a stronger sense of ourselves. To understand that all is well, throughout the learning process, is the basic lesson we need to learn. All is well. The teacher is the guide up the next rung of the ladder.
Let me be grateful for my lessons today and know that all is well.
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
Keep It Simple
You have got to know what it is you want, or someone is going to sell you a bill of goods somewhere along the line that can do irreparable damage to your self esteem, your sense of worth, and your stewardship of the talents that the Universe gave you. --Richard Nelson Bolles
In recovery, getting to know ourselves sometimes means developing a new form of toughness. As we deepen our relationships with ourselves, we have a clearer sense of what we care about, what is truly important, and what is not. Certainly we have learned there is evil in the world. Harm does come to good people and the good side does not always win. So we must be men who know ourselves and are not pushovers when our basic values and needs are challenged. We leave room for being wrong, and we continue to grow and learn. But we stand up for what we believe as we see it today.
We must not join the forces that would put us down or destroy us. Those negative forces are within us more often than they are outside. Wherever they come from, knowing clearly what we want and care about is our strongest defense.
Action for the Day: I will seek the wisdom to know my values and the strength to defend my beliefs.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
I know that I am not a total loss, even when I think I am.
I know that freedom and usefulness, love, outgoingness, and sharing are the important things in life.
But even more important, I have to care for me and achieve a sense of self-worth.
So I continue to listen. I am still open to suggestions. I continue on my way. And I am on the way up.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], pp. 24-25
Thought to Ponder . . .
The more accepting I am of myself, the more accepting I am of others.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Set yourself free to soar
by Ralph Marston
Here’s a simple, yet powerful way to immediately make your life more rewarding. Move away from the things that drain you and move toward those things that empower and fulfill you.
Begin to take notice, as you go through the day, of which is which. When you take the time to look, it’s easy to distinguish the things that lift you up from the things that bring you down.
Consider, for example, resentment, something you’ve probably learned to experience whenever you feel you’ve been wronged. When you think about it, there is really no positive purpose that resentment ever serves.
You can easily choose to let go of resentment, and to put forgiveness in its place. That will immediately raise your own level of positive energy, and the beneficial effects will extend deeply into the world around you.
All it takes is a simple change in your mind and in your attitude. Look for them, and you’ll find many other similar ways to replace the things that drain you with more positive things that move you forward.
Many of the influences that bring you down are things you can easily change, for they are based on your thoughts, attitudes and reactions. Learn to be aware of them, and choose to set yourself free to soar.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/