Wednesday, April 6, 2016
If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work. --Jacques Cousteau
What is faith? It is believing in possibilities. It is the ability to carry on with our plans or to be true to our work even though we feel discouraged or tired. It is staying active in relationships even when we receive little in return or when our friends aren't able to respond.
If there were no doubt, there would be no need for faith. Faith is temporarily putting our doubts on the shelf and working toward our goals. Faith is trusting that help and support will be there for us even though they're not in view. It is looking at a map and choosing a new destination, getting on the road to go there, and trusting the marks on the map symbolize a real place that we will find.
I will leave room for my doubts and discouragement, but I will not indulge them. I will choose to go with hope. I will give my energy to the better possibilities.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
All we are asked to bear we can bear. That is a law of the spiritual life. The only hindrance to the working of this law, as of all benign laws, is fear. --Elizabeth Goudge
There is no problem too difficult to handle with all the help available to us. Let's not be overwhelmed. The program tells us to "Let go and let God," to turn it over. And that's where the solution lies.
Our challenges, the stumbling blocks in our way, beckon us toward the spiritual working-out of the problem which moves us closer toward being the women we are meant to be. Our fear comes from not trusting in the power greater than ourselves to provide the direction we need, to make known the solution.
Every day we will have challenges. We have lessons to learn which mean growing pains. If we could but remember that our challenges are gifts to grow on and that within every problem lies the solution.
Action For the Day: I will not be given more than I and my higher power can handle today, or any day.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins
when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxii
Thought to Ponder . . .
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
E S H = Experience, Strength and Hope.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Faith in the future
by Ralph Marston
It is not inherently difficult to be positive, though you can make it so difficult that it is impossible for you. It is entirely realistic to have faith in the future, though you can certainly convince yourself that such faith is completely misguided.
When you do choose to live with positive faith, you’re able to journey through life in the light rather than in darkness. You give the forward-looking power of faith to your thoughts and actions.
Instead of being dismayed by the setbacks, you can be energized by them. Instead of having the desire to give up, you’ll have the determination to give more.
Your faith in the future enables you to be your best in the present. It is by envisioning the positive possibilities that you begin to make them real.
Even when the whole world seems to be falling down around you, have faith. Hold steadfastly to what is good and right, and create your future with authentic goodness in your heart.
Live with faith, and engage the power of your own best possibilities. Live with faith, and keep yourself connected to the affirmative side of life.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/