Thursday, May 12, 2016
In my friend, I find a second self. —Isabel Norton
Our mates and close friends present us with another view on what it is to be a human being. In being close we lower our barriers and get a feeling for what life is like from that person's perspective. We develop a feeling of empathy for him or her, and we multiply our life experiences by participating with others.
Through our closeness to someone, we might be confronted by a new awareness of ourselves. We may see something about ourselves we don't like and could never have seen on our own. We may see how similar we are to our friends, or how different, or how common and human our problems are. While each man lives his own life, through empathy we are given another window on the experience of living. Having a friend is a rich experience, which increases our wisdom about life.
I am thankful for relationships. I feel grateful that I am not alone.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra
When we watch others, we learn how to "act as if." We watch a patient person, and then we "act as if we're a patient person. The result? Over time, we'll become a patient person. We watch how good listeners listen, and we "act as if" we know how to listen. Then one day, we realize we're really listening! We watch people who have faith, and we "act as if" we have it. Then over time, we become spiritual people!
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me find You in the people and events of my day.
Action for the Day: I will "act as if" my Higher Power is standing next to me all through the Day.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
We know for sure that alcoholics and addicts do have tremendous willpower.
Consider the ways we could manage to get a drink or drug in defiance of all visible possibilities.
Merely to get up some mornings – with a rusting cast-iron stomach, all your teeth wearing tiny sweaters, and each hair electrified – takes willpower many nondrinkers and nonusers rarely dream of.
Once you’ve gotten up with your head, on those certain mornings, the ability to carry it all through the day is further evidence of fabulous strength of will.
Oh yes, real drinkers and users have real willpower.
- Living Sober, p. 84
Thought to Ponder . . .
Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W O W = Willingness Over Willpower.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Very good people
by Ralph Marston
No one worth impressing is impressed by your attempts to impress them. Yet everyone is impressed when they sense authenticity and kindness.
It’s a waste of time and energy to merely look good. Put your effort into actually being good and delivering real value.
The most interesting people are those who take a genuine interest in others, not only with words, but with action. Be one of those.
The most respected people are those who act with respect toward people from whom they have nothing to gain. Be one of those, too.
If you’re constantly fretting about what other people think, they won’t think very highly of you. When you’re truly concerned about the welfare of others, there’s no need to worry about what they think of you.
There are a lot of very good people in this world. Value and appreciate them all without condition, and the courtesy will indeed be returned.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/