Monday, February 1, 2016
You were there when I needed you. You stood above all of the others with your strength and you guided me. To each of you I offer my being, my love and all that I am. —Deidra Sarault
Each of us is guided while we act as guides to one another, throughout the day, throughout our lives. We are interdependent. Everywhere we look, someone is learning from us and we from her. We often know not what we give, when we give it. And we seldom realize the value of what we're receiving at the time we accept it.
Resistance to what another person is offering us may be our natural response. But the passage of time highlights the value of the experience. We can look for the comforters in our lives. They are there offering us strength and hope enough to see us through any difficulty.
We need both the rough times and the soft shoulders of a friend. They contribute equally to the designs our lives are weaving. The rough times press us to pray, to reach out to others for solace. And our pain gives others the chance to heal our wounds. We are all healers offering strength. And we all need healing.
One of the greatest gifts of my life is giving and receiving strength.
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
Thou shalt not should thyself. --Anonymous
When someone tells us we should do something, do we want to do it, or do we feel mad that someone else is telling us what we want to do? Sometimes we forget that these messages are not our own, but are the desires of others. It's important to listen to what we tell ourselves, to be aware of which messages we're giving ourselves and which come from others. We can make a list of all our shoulds and identify where they came from: parent, boss, friend, self. Then we can decide which shoulds are want to's, and throw out the rest. Doing what we want to is very different from doing what we should, and we can usually do a better job of it.
Action for the Day: I will free myself of shoulds today.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
Gradually, my Higher Power began to clear my channels so that real understanding began to come.
Then was the time when full realization and acknowledgement of the fact that I was full of self-pity and resentment, realization of the fact that I had not fully given my problems to my Higher Power. I was still trying to do my own fixing.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 22
Thought to Ponder . . .
Once we understand ourselves, the rest of living falls in line.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P A U S E = Patience And Understanding Succeed Every time.
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Great living to do
by Ralph Marston
Stop waiting for the right time and make this the right time. Stop begging for permission and give yourself permission to live an outstanding life filled with all the experiences and joys you want to have.
You don’t have to hope for a lucky break. You just have to step forward, take your destiny in your own hands, and do the work to give your own unique vision to this world.
Right now, right in front of you are actions you can take and positive differences you can make. Don’t hesitate another minute to get started making the most of what you already have.
Throw the doubts and excuses out the window and throw yourself into creating new value and goodness. You know you can do it, and you know how great it will feel.
You’ve already made the massive investment of your whole life to get to this point. Now, do something worthy of all that time and effort.
Raise your expectations, step beyond your doubts, and engage your passion. You have a lot of great living to do, and now is when to do it.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/