Friday, April 15, 2016
It seems to me that I have always been waiting for something better - sometimes to see the best I had snatched from me. —Dorothy Reed Mendenhall
Gratitude for what is prepares us for the blessings just around the corner. What is so necessary to understand is that our wait for what's around the corner closes our eyes to the joys of the present moment. We have only the 24 hours ahead of us. In fact, all we can be certain of having is the moment we are presently experiencing. And it is a gift to be enjoyed. There is no better gift just right for us than this moment, at this time.
We can, each of us, look back on former days, realizing that we learned too late the value of a friend or an experience. Both are now gone. With practice and a commitment to ourselves, we can learn to reap the benefits of today, hour by hour. When we detach from the present and wait for tomorrow, or next week, or look to next year, we are stunting our spiritual growth. Life can only bless us now, one breath at a time.
I can live in the present if I choose to. Gentle reminders are often necessary, however. I will step into my life, today. It can become a habit, one I will never want to break.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
That day is lost on which one has not laughed. ---French proverb
For a long time, we didn't really laugh. It's surprising when we think about it: We hadn't really laughed for so long . . . we almost forgot how good we could feel. It feels so good to laugh again!
Now our spirits come more alive each day. Now we feel what alcohol and other drugs stuffed deep inside us. Pain, fear and anger come up. But so do happiness and joy, thankfulness and a sense of humor. In early recovery, we work through the hard feelings. As we grow in the program, we have more and more room for happiness.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, wake me up to the joy and laughter that today holds for me. Don't let me miss it!
Action for the Day: Today, I'll spread some laughter. I will learn a joke and tell it to three people.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
I've learned since being in AA that the more I worry about me loving you,
and the less I worry about you loving me, the happier I'll be.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 218
Thought to Ponder . . .
Learning is the very essence of humility; the two walk hand in hand.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Allow yourself to be you
by Ralph Marston
Let go of anger and joy fills the space left behind. Allow apprehension to fall away, and peace begins to encompass you.
When fear loses its hold, love proceeds to work its miracles. As you move beyond the hollow demands of ego, you also move beyond its limitations.
Fulfillment is built upon effort but that effort is not a struggle. Indeed, the effort of fulfillment is your natural inclination.
That inclination to create and achieve with love, positive purpose and generosity has always been there. Stop fighting to suppress it, and watch it spring into action.
Even in ordinary, everyday concerns, you can operate from a deep sense of purpose. In moments big and small, you can be powered, informed and encouraged by all the good things you truly care about.
Step away from the assumption that you must struggle to be this or that, and simply allow yourself to be you. In the truth of who you are, in the power of all you love, is the fulfillment of all you could ever desire.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/