Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The great artist is the simplifier. --Henri Amiel
Just as an artist creates through simplification, so a person's recovery process grows and deepens as they simplify their life. This isn't easy to do in our fast paced and high-powered world. We have often complicated a problem by our way of thinking. Sometimes we take pride in how complex we can make something seem. We look for hidden meanings when the truth is on the surface. We give long explanations for our actions when none is called for. We suspect a person's motives when taking them at face value loses nothing. We take on a battle when we could just as well let it pass.
Most of us don't think of ourselves as artists. Yet we are each given a profound, creative opportunity - to fashion a meaningful and worthwhile pattern in our lives. As we seek to do the will of our Higher Power today, it is as if we are taking a lump of clay and creating an image from it.
The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit, till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff. —Annie Dillard
Our progress today, and certainly our serenity, is enhanced by our willingness to accept all that we are blessed with today. Not only to accept, but to celebrate, trusting that these events are moving us toward our special destiny.
Flowing with the twists and turns in our lives, rather than resisting them, guarantees smooth sailing, helps us to maximize our opportunities, increases our serenity. Accepting our powerlessness over all but our own attitude is the first step we need to take toward finding serenity.
Resistance, whether it is against a person or a situation in our lives, will compound the problem, as we perceive it. We can believe in the advantages for growth that all experiences offer. We can sail with our experiences. We can be open to them so they can carry us to our destination. We can trust, simply trust, that all is well and in our favor, every moment.
My serenity is in my control today. I will look to this day with trust and thanksgiving. And my Spirit will soar.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Action for the Day: As I go about today's activities, may I find ways to make it a simple and creative expression.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2
One Day At A Time
Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before they are them self.
They finally realize that they have undergone a profound alteration in their reaction to life;
that such a change could hardly have been brought about by their self alone.
What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 567
Thought to Ponder
Change is the heartbeat of growth.
A A = Altered Attitudes
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Reality of the day
by Ralph Marston
You don’t have to like what happens in order to make good use of it. You do, however, have to accept it.
You don’t have to like the way things are. Yet to be successful you must deal with the way things are.
Thinking about what should be and what should not be is a powerful way to formulate goals. But don’t use that thinking to come up with excuses and resentments.
You cannot be effective trying to deal with the world as you wish it would be. You must operate in the world that is, as it is.
Aim high, seek to make a positive difference, go forward with the best of expectations. Yes, you absolutely can change things, and to do so you must start with the way things actually are.
See real, get real, be real, accept the reality of the day. Then you can do the work to effectively push reality in the direction you choose.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/