Thursday, March 10, 2016
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. —Helen Keller
The human race is a huge mixture of dignity and degradation and every person inherits the blend. We can respect the slave in us for their endurance and suffering. And the ruler in us earns our respect for their leadership and justice. Are we ashamed of who we are or where we have come from? Then we may have to look deeper and ask if we are really different from any other person.
Do we believe we must conform to some mold of acceptability, some proper appearance? Are we so focused on the surface that we miss the deeper values of our humanness? Sometimes we take on a reverse smugness and become judgmental of the person who looks successful or speaks well. We think, "I can't like them, they're in a different class." We all need acceptance and respect, and in this life we are equals from the first day.
Grant me the self-esteem to accept the whole mixture that comes together in me and in the people around me.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
It is healthier to see the good points of others than to analyze our own bad ones. --Francoise Sagan
Looking for the good in others is good for one's soul. Self-respect, self-love grows each time we openly acknowledge another's admirable qualities. Comparisons we make of ourselves with others, focusing on how we fail to measure up (another person is better looking, thinner, more intelligent, has a better sense of humor, attracts people, and on and on) is a common experience. And we come away from the comparison feeling generally inadequate and unloving toward the other person.
It is a spiritual truth that our love for and praise of others will improve our own self-image. It will rub off on us, so-to-speak. An improved self-image diminishes whatever bad qualities one has imagined.
Praise softens. Criticism hardens. We can become all that we want to become. We can draw the love of others to us as we more willingly offer love and praise. We have an opportunity to help one another as we help ourselves grow in the self-love that is so necessary to the successful living of each day.
Action for the Day: I will see the good points in others today. And I will give praise.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
As I peel away the layers of day-to-day expediency, I realize that my zigzag, erratic and inconsistent course was in the general direction of progress all the time. That's good.
What right do I have to expect perfection and efficiency in my spiritual growth when the rest of my life is so full of ups and downs, ins and outs, and backs and forths? Throughout this whole adventure, the only consistency I have maintained is an absolute and total faith in AA, come what may.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 187
Thought to Ponder . . .
The road to recovery is always under construction.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Adventurers Anonymous.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
You deserve it
by Ralph Marston
You deserve a great life. So demand it from yourself.
You deserve respect, consideration, inspiration, achievement and fulfillment. So demand those things from your own thoughts and actions.
You deserve a life that’s overflowing with joy and richness. And you deserve to be the person who makes it happen.
You deserve the best life you can imagine, and you deserve the experience of taking full responsibility for that life. You are worthy of great and wonderful things, and able to bring those things about if you so choose.
You deserve the very best, but life does not owe it to you. You owe it to yourself.
Get busy, get inspired and get yourself totally committed to fulfilling your greatest possibilities. After all, you deserve to give that to yourself.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/