Wednesday, February 17, 2016
One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life. —Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Life is a series of payments. The common expression, "What goes around, comes around," is a truth that governs each of our lives. As members of the human family, we have received untold "payments" from others. On occasion, the payment may not have been one we'd have chosen for ourselves. It takes the distance of time to realize that our payments are meant for our good. And we can share the goodness; in fact, we need to share the goodness with one another. If we give to another the joy given to us, if we give to another the understanding given to us, if we give to another the friendship given to us, we will be ready to receive more in kind.
You and I meet today to make payments. I will receive yours gladly.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
The more you love, the more love you are given to love with. --Lucien Price
With love comes promises of sentiment as rapturous as fall's splendor of color and as delicate as a crystal of snow. Love empowers us to handle the struggles that bind us, the struggles that stretch us to grow. The familiar sights and muffled sounds of each moment vibrate with greater intensity when we're giving and receiving love.
We're deluded to think the love of others will complete us, so we strive for it; we long for it. But we receive love only when we're unselfishly offering it. It is one of life's wonderful mysteries that we must first give love away if we hope to get it.
Loving another tests our patience, strength, and security. Love spurned is dreaded and perhaps too familiar, but we must risk it once again if we are to find the love we deserve.
The gifts of love are many and guaranteed when the act of love is honest, unselfish, whole, and unconditionally offered.
Action for the Day: I will give my friends and family my unconditional love.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
Remember, AA is not going to preserve itself automatically.
What are we, each one of us, doing with the gift of sobriety, so freely and lovingly given?
Will we squander our magnificent inheritance? Perhaps each one of us should hold on to these thoughts:
"Keep me mindful of the responsibilities that accompany the blessings of freedom.
The only time that wrong can prevail is when good people do nothing."
- The Home Group: Heartbeat of AA, p. 60
Thought to Ponder . . .
I am responsible for the effort -- not the outcome.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B E S T = Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Live your good fortune
by Ralph Marston
Good, valuable possibilities wait eagerly to be fulfilled. Life is rich, and yet can be so much better.
Every new day is filled with hope and with potential as it dawns. Welcome the goodness, and commit yourself to making sure it is not wasted.
You’ve done well, given much, lived with passion and purpose. Now, remind yourself how good and right that all feels, and do more.
Be better than you’ve been lately. Life continues to offer great new opportunities, so take them and make good value with them.
Today, more positive possibilities swirl around you than ever before. Live your good fortune by putting it to good use.
This is a day to show life how great and amazing it can be. And you are the lucky person who can do it.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/