Thursday, February 4, 2016
Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it - what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone. —Carlos Castaneda
Were we offended by someone today? Do we harbor resentment for remarks, oversights, or unpleasant mannerisms? Do we feel tense or uneasy about how someone else has treated us? We can probably make a good case to justify our reactions. Perhaps we are in the right and they are in the wrong.
Yet, even if we are justified, it doesn't matter. We may be puffing ourselves up and wasting energy. When we are oversensitive, we take a self-righteous position, which leads us far from our path of spiritual awakening. Our strength is diminished.
How much better it is to let go of the lightness, let go of our grandiosity, and accept the imperfections in our self and others. We need to accept our own imperfections too. When we do, we are a better person, and our strength and energy can be focused on richer goals.
I will accept my own and others' imperfections; I do not need to be right.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Genius is the talent for seeing things straight. It is seeing things in a straight line without any bend or break or aberration of sight, seeing them as they are, without any warping of vision. --Maude Adams
We are learning, each day of our abstinence, to see more clearly what lies before us. Less and less are we hampered by our own selfish needs, distorting that which we face. We all have within us the talent for seeing things as they really are. But it is a process that takes practice, a process of turning within to the untapped talent which is one of the gifts of a spiritual life.
We are spiritual entities, one and all. And the genius to see as God sees is ours for the asking. This program is paving our way. Each day it becomes easier to live an honest life.
Each day we trust more the people we encounter. And each day we take greater risks being our true selves.
The need to distort that which we see ahead lessens, as we begin reaping the benefits of the honest, caring, spirit-filled life. Our unhealthy egos stood in our way in the past. And they can get in the way even now, if we forget to look ahead with the eyes of our inner genius.
Action for the Day: My path today is straight, clean, and love-filled, if I choose to follow my genius.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
The unique ability of each AA to identify himself with, and bring recovery to, the newcomer
in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any special individual skills.
The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 150-151
Thought to Ponder . . .
Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program. But our oldtimers are the arteries.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = Hope, Encouragement, Love, Patience.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
You don’t have to
by Ralph Marston
You don’t have to prove anything to anybody. You don’t have to live in fear of what others might think.
You don’t have to continue holding on to the negative habits and thought patterns that have held you back. You don’t have to keep living under the outdated assumptions that have closed your eyes to some of the best possibilities.
You don’t have to weigh yourself down with anger, resentment, fear or frustration. You don’t have to settle for less than the very best you can be.
You can live, you can give, you can love and achieve. You can take this very moment, with whatever it may hold, and transform it into a positive, enriching, fulfilling experience.
You can feel the truth and beauty of your authentic purpose, and take action to follow that purpose. You can let go of all the burdens you’ve imposed on yourself, and live this day with a powerful, newfound appreciation for all you have.
You can choose right now to meet each challenge with positive passion and enthusiasm for the best, most meaningful possibilities. You can choose, again and again, to truly live life on your own best terms.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/