Monday, February 22, 2016
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind. —Helen Keller
Facing conditions we would like to change, letting go of people we wish were different, takes growth, patience, tolerance. We're so easily enticed into thinking we'd be happier, "If only they'd change," or "If I had a better job," or "If the kids would settle down." Yet we carry the seed of happiness within us every moment. Learning tolerance for all conditions will nurture that seed.
Intolerance, impatience, depression, in fact, any negative attitude is habit-forming. Many of us continue to struggle with the habits we've formed growing up. Bad habits must be replaced with new, good habits. We can develop a new behavior, one that pleases us, like smiling at every stranger in a checkout line. We can repeat it in every line. It becomes a habit and a good one.
Toleration of others opens many doors, for them and for us. It nurtures the soul, ours and theirs. It breeds happiness. Those of us sharing these are truly blessed. We're learning about love, how to give it and how to receive it.
There are so many eyes I'll look into today that don't know love. I will give some away with unconditional tolerance. It's a gift -- to myself and others.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
It easier to speak of love, than to practice it. --Anonymous
Do we help our neighbor who is in need? We must help when we see the need, not just when it fits our schedule. In the program, this becomes our goal. We work at helping out. For example, when someone is needed to run the meeting, we offer. We see that the needs of the group are also our needs. We are the group. Over time, the idea of service spreads to the rest of our lives. Maybe we help a family down the street. We start to see that we have something to offer the world; ourselves. We start to see that the needs of the world are also our needs. We are an important part of the world.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, make me quick to act when I see a need. Please don't let my fear stop me.
Action for the Day: Today, I'll list what I have to offer the world. I will think of two ways I can use these gifts my Higher Power has given me.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
It is very different to be a sober member of AA when you are young. If you doubt this, think back to when you were sixteen and try to imagine yourself working the Steps in your life then as you do today.
Couple this with other people telling you that you are too young be an alcoholic and you can see how hard it is.
I know one thing for certain: no young person ever needs to hear that she has gotten sober before she had to hurt plenty.
She needs to hear what every newcomer does who comes into the Fellowship:
"Welcome. This is AA, where the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking."
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 183
Thought to Ponder . . .
Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program; but our old-timers are the arteries.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E L L O W S H I P =
Faith, Empathy, Learning, Love, Openness, Wisdom, Self-worth, Hope, Insight, Peace.
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
by Ralph Marston
When you look at everything with the attitude of “what’s in it for me?” you severely limit the possibilities for your life. When you narrowly confine your perspective within the boundaries of your own skin, you deny to yourself an entire universe filled with joy, beauty and fulfillment.
There are great opportunities in every direction you look, but you’ll miss seeing them if your focus is only on yourself. Do you sometimes have trouble seeing the big picture? Then work on developing a little more consideration and respect for others. Make the effort to understand perspectives other than your own. By so doing you’ll greatly expand your thinking and the possibilities for your life.
Step out beyond yourself. Don’t fight against life or hide from it. Be a part of it. Give of yourself to the world and you’ll find that the world will be more to your liking.
Self-centeredness ultimately leads to self-defeat, whereas making a positive difference for others will make an enormous positive difference for you. The best choice is clear. Step out beyond yourself and you’ll find a wonderful world full of life and possibilities.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/