Friday, April 29, 2016
Accustomed as we are to change, or unaccustomed, we think of a change of heart, of clothes, of life, with some uncertainty. --Josephine Miles
Being used to a situation, even a painful one, carries with it a level of comfort. Moving away from the pain, changing the situation, be it job, home, or marriage, takes courage and support from other persons. But even more it takes faith that the change will benefit us. For most of us, the pain will need to worsen.
In retrospect, we wonder why it took us so long. We forget, from one instance to the next, that a new door cannot open until we've closed one behind us. The more important fact is that a new one will always open without fail. The pain of the old experience is trying to push us to new challenges, new opportunities, new growth. We can handle the change; we can handle the growth. We are never given more than we can handle, and we are always given just what we need.
Experience can't prepare us for the ramifications of a new change. But our trust in friends, and our faith in the spiritual process of life, can and will see us through whatever comes.
If a change of any kind is facing me today, I will know that I am not alone. Whatever I am facing is right for me and necessary to my well-being. Life is growth. The next stage of my life awaits me.
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
When you want to be something, it means you really love it.---Andy Warhol
At times, we turned to chemicals because we couldn't love ourselves. Our addiction gave a promise of relief, but it gave us self-hate. We wanted to love, but couldn't. What is it we really love ? Where should we put out energy ? In raising children ? In creating art ? In helping addicts who still suffer ? There's much in this world that needs our love. We can be many things in our lives. Let's be people we believe in. Let's be people we can love.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me know myself through my inventories. My skills, talents, values, and my loves must be clear to me so I can use them to do Your will.
Action for the Day: Today I'll think about what I'd really love to do through my work.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
The entire future of our fellowship hangs upon this vital principle.
If we continue to be filled with the spirit and practice of anonymity, no shoal or reef can wreck us.
If we forget this principle, the lid to Pandora's box will be off and the spirits of Money, Power, and Prestige will be loosed among us.
Obsessed by these evil genii, we might well founder and break up. I devoutly believe this will never happen.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 131
Thought to Ponder . . .
Anonymity is real humility at work.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Adventurers Anonymous.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Dance of possibilities
by Ralph Marston
Now, allow peace to permeate your awareness. With no need for judgment, free from every worry and concern, join in the dance of possibilities.
Feel waves of positive energy as they cascade into this time and place. Let visions of all the goodness, love and fulfillment you can create gently glide through your awareness.
Envelop every thought, every feeling in a soft blanket of love. Observe and be endlessly thankful for all you see from your empowered perspective.
Joyfully let your every action be worthy of the positive, creative person you are. Delight at how effective those actions can be when they are guided by loving intention.
Embrace and appreciate the beauty that’s always right in front of you. Feel a sense of clarity and purpose as your spirit is refreshed.
Your new, empowered moment is born. Give yourself over to the dance of possibilities and live the wonder you love so much.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/