Monday, April 11, 2016
I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it. —Oscar Wilde
There are countless ways to take shortcuts in life or to grab for pleasures. We could cheat on our income taxes, excuse a food binge, or lie to a loved one about where we've been. We say, "It won't hurt anyone!" "I wouldn't do it if it weren't for the other guy." Or, "Everyone does it." But if we are to like and respect ourselves, we need to live by the rules we believe in. Whether we get caught or not isn't the point. We cannot hold values and then repeatedly justify breaking them.
What does it do to us if we constantly fudge on our values? It undermines our self-esteem and damages the faith we have in ourselves. We do not expect to be perfect, but we must be accountable. If we are honest with ourselves, we admit our wrongs and reestablish our self-respect.
Today, I will take care to make choices that match my values.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. --Rebecca West
Our soul's pure desires, those that harm no one else, are really invitations from our Higher Power for us to try new activities, to perhaps move along unfamiliar corridors, or tackle challenges that will carry us closer to our destiny. Fulfilling our desires can expand our knowledge of life, but even more, it can strengthen our trust in our Higher Power.
Perhaps our primary goal is to trust more in our Higher Power's presence, loving guidance, and commitment to our growth. Our Higher Power is our most treasured friend and teacher, our most significant other. We'll never be led astray with the guidance offered us for fulfilling our purest desires.
Action for the Day: I will ask my Higher Power for direction and attune myself to my innermost desires today.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
The moral inventory is a cool examination of the damages that occurred to us during life
and a sincere effort to look at them in a true perspective.
This has the effect of taking the ground glass out of us, the emotional substance that still cuts and inhibits.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 140
Thought to Ponder . . .
My perspective will change my perception. My perception will change my experience.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time.
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Your inner self
by Ralph Marston
Nothing will be of any use to you unless you have the capacity within yourself to know it and accept it. Peace, love, beauty, success and fulfillment have meaning to you only when they have meaning within you.
It is by knowing yourself that you can know all else. It is through nurturing love and goodness within you that you can experience love and goodness in the world around you.
To be at peace with the way things are, be at peace with the way you are. To be confident in the affairs of the world, nurture confidence within the stillness of your inner self.
The reality that matters is the reality that has meaning and resonance within you. What you see, what you experience, and what you live, all come from who you are.
If you feel that something is missing in your life, turn inward. Find and nurture it there.
Make a beautiful place for yourself within yourself. Then let that beauty flow out through all that is.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/