Friday, February 12, 2016
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have. —Abraham Lincoln
With too much focus on control, we have been preoccupied by our overemphasis on outcomes. We say winning is everything, and the way we play the game doesn't matter. We give honor to a person who has accumulated great wealth, regardless of how they have lived. We develop sexual problems because we focus on performance and achieving orgasm rather than on the joy of loving.
As our integrity grows, our emphasis changes. It is not crucial that we always be right, only that we be honest. We do not have to be winners or high achievers so much as we have to be real human beings. Conquest is not as important as connection. We do not always have to compare ourselves and be better than the next guy. We can exchange and appreciate the communication.
Today, I will grow in my relationships with others by being more true to myself and less driven toward a particular outcome.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing. —Mary McCarthy
We understand today ideas we couldn't grasp yesterday. We are conscious this year of details of our past that we may have glossed over at the time. Our blinders are slowly giving way, readying us for the truths we couldn't absorb before.
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." And the teacher comes bearing truths that we need to assimilate into our growing bank of knowledge. The truths we may be given today, or any day, won't always make us happy immediately. We may learn that a job is no longer right for us. Or that a relationship has reached an end. And the impending changes create unrest. But in the grand scheme of our lives, the changes wrought by these truths are good and will contribute in time to our happiness.
Let's celebrate the truths as they come and trust the outcome to Higher Power. We are traveling a very special road. The way is rocky. The bends limit our vision, but we will be given all the direction we need.
Action for the Day: The truths I receive today will guide my steps. I shall move in peace.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
Humility for Today
We scarcely need be reminded that excessive guilt or rebellion leads to spiritual poverty.
But it was a very long time before we knew we could go even more broke on spiritual pride.
When we early AAs got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be, we coined this expression: "Don't get too damned good by Thursday!"
That old-time admonition may look like another of those handy alibis that can excuse us from trying for our best.
Yet a closer view reveals just the contrary. This is our AA way of warning against pride-blindness,
and the imaginary perfections that we do not possess.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 255
Thought to Ponder . . .
Anonymity is real humility at work.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Aware.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
by Ralph Marston
A life of success is not a life free of problems. A life of success is a life in which you acknowledge, accept and deal with the problems and challenges.
Achievement comes not from avoiding the problems. On the contrary, achievement comes from diving into problems and transforming them into positive, meaningful value.
Yes, there are plenty of negative influences in life over which you have no control. However, you have great control over what you think and what you do, so make positive, productive use of that ability.
Convince yourself, without the slightest doubt, that it is possible for you to move forward. Then act on your convictions, and do whatever is necessary to make real progress.
It will not be easy, but when all is said and done, easy is not really what you’re after. What you’re after is a life of meaning, fulfillment, joy and substance.
Instead of running or hiding from the problems, face them with confidence and positive expectations. You are worthy of the best, so work through every challenge and live the very best life you can envision.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/