Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. —Erica Jong
There was a time when we didn't believe we had any talents. We couldn't imagine we had any purpose or any gift to give to the world. But it's true: We all have talents, many of them. If we each haven't yet discovered ours, we soon will. With time and hard work and friends, we will be encouraged to recognize them, to celebrate them, to cultivate them, to dare to give them away.
Utilizing our talents fully, which is part of life's bigger plan, may lead us to new jobs, new friends, to places presently unknown. The prospect of new horizons may excite us. It may also elicit dread. We can trust that, just as we are given no problems too big to handle, we are given no talents too great to develop. The strength to move ahead will always be available if we have faith.
I will look for my talents today. I will also look for talents in my friends. I can celebrate them, and soon the way to use them will become clear.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Battles we've won or lost.
Even the continuous growth and awareness we're enjoying is no shield from traps we seem to set for ourselves. At times, we can find ourselves in the foolish game of continuing to fight battles we've won or lost.
One losing battle is the attempt to win the approval of someone who has always disliked us. That person may be gone, but we still fight - and lose - the same battle when we find ourselves in a similar situation.
We also may have won some battles without knowing it. This can happen when we've set our goals unrealistically high. We may be fairly successful in our work, for example, but still feel that we have failed because a high goal we set eluded us. That goal, however, may have been all but impossible to attain, and while we mourn our perceived failure, we ignore the successes we may have achieved in the meantime. Consequently, we should never let any of these battles interfere with our plan for sobriety. We must stay sober at all costs.
Action for the Day: This day, I'll not strive to impress people who may always disapprove of me. I will also accept my successes even if they fall short of my highest dreams.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top approval, perfect security, and perfect romance -- urges quite appropriate to age seventeen -- prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at age forty-seven or fifty-seven.
Since AA began, I've taken immense wallops in all these areas because of my failure to grow up, emotionally and spiritually.
My Higher Power, how painful it is to keep demanding the impossible, and how very painful to discover, finally, that all along we have had the cart before the horse!
- The Language of the Heart, p. 236
Thought to Ponder . . .
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, growing spiritually is up to me.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Want to do
by Ralph Marston
Think of how different life would be if you could erase the line between what you have to do and what you want to do. Nothing would be a chore, and everything would be a chance to enjoy and express yourself.
Some of your tasks you probably view as tedious, and others you are thrilled for the opportunity to do. If you choose, you can be just as thrilled about every task.
Imagine there’s no distinction between work and play. Imagine no difference between what’s required of you and what entices and fascinates you.
Much of what makes any job disagreeable is the judgment you place on it. By simply withholding the judgment, and focusing on the work at hand, you make yourself more effective, and happier too.
Often, the things you fight against doing are the very things that can make life a whole lot better. To the degree you stop fighting and start doing, you greatly expand your options.
Let go of the need to decide whether or not you like the effort, and just do the effort. You’ll find yourself enjoying the experience and all the good things it brings you.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/