Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have. --Leonard Nimoy
Look around you at the happiest people you know. They are also the most generous and giving people. A generous spirit creates its own environment. We talk a lot about gratitude - and we have a lot to be grateful for. This feeling of gratitude inspires us to be generous toward others in many different ways. Most sharing is not of material things but a sharing of our spirit, our forgiveness, and our respect for others.
We can cultivate a generous spirit by reminding ourselves that we have enough. We have enough to live well, we are surrounded by love, we have been forgiven for many wrongs that we committed, and life is filled with interesting adventure. When we share from this sense of abundance, our feeling of well-being only grows.
Today I will be generous and sharing toward the other people I come into contact with.
From the book Wisdom to Know ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
"Honesty" without compassion and understanding is not honest, but subtle hostility. --Rose N. Frarnzblau
Any good thing can be used in hurtful or destructive ways. Our entire recovery is based on a fundamental premise of honesty. But our honesty becomes distorted and hurtful when we are not in tune with our motivations. A man who contradicts other group members to feel superior rather than to be helpful is being hostile. If we criticize people about things they cannot change, we are only hurting them. In making amends, we should not approach people who are better off without our contact, or who are better off without our confessions.
As we grow, we encounter more parts of ourselves that may be hurtful. We need to accept those parts too, not condemn ourselves for being human, not hide our destructive impulses from ourselves. Then our honesty with ourselves and with others will not be tainted by dishonest motives.
Action for the Day: I pray for honesty with myself first so my honesty with others will be pure.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
And as I peel away the layers of day-to-day expediency, I realize that my zigzag, erratic,
and inconsistent course was in the general direction of progress all the time. That's good.
What right do I have to expect perfection and efficiency in my spiritual growth
when my life is so full of ups and downs, ins and outs, and backs and forths?
Throughout this whole adventure, the only consistency I have maintained
is an absolute and total faith in AA, come what may.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 187
Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is the adventure of a lifetime.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Everyone can win
by Ralph Marston
Real peace comes from the inside. Let it freely flow out from you.
The more peace you offer, the more you will have. Take the time to understand, and you will in turn be better understood.
Improve your interactions with the people around you by raising your expectations of them. Genuinely respect the diverse opinions and perspectives of others, and you will gain their respect as well.
Keep confrontation as your very last resort rather than your first approach. Set the tone by being respectful and pleasant, and you’ll find yourself getting much accomplished.
Just because people disagree with you does not make them your enemies. Take the time to listen, and you might even learn something of real value from them.
There is infinitely more to be gained through cooperation than through confrontation. Make yourself a real winner by bringing out the winning qualities in those around you.
With such an approach, everyone can win.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/