Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Many people think they can't paint, but I think everyone has artistic ability of some kind. -- Eva Wines
Many of us probably don't agree with Eva, particularly if we haven't tried to paint or weave or write or throw pots. We mistakenly think that others have talent, never ourselves, but that's because we misunderstand what talent means. Talent is really just an inclination; it develops from a desire to pursue some activity that we then proceed to cultivate with a passion. It's not mysterious. It doesn't just happen. We persevere because we feel good when involved in the activity. When we define talent this way, we realize how right Eva is. It's just that many of us haven't followed our passion yet.
Coming to understand that we do, indeed, have talent, that it has simply lain dormant until now, is perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of our lives presently. If we haven't yet realized this, dare to believe it now. It will change every minute of the rest of your life.
Today is a good day to pursue one of my dreams.
From the book Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Live is rich and full. Your life. My life. Even when the day feels flat or hollow, there's a richness to it that escapes our attention. We see only what we choose to see. We hear selectively, too. Our prejudgment precludes our getting the full effects of any experience. Some days we hear only the drum of the humdrum.
But the greater our faith in life and a loving Higher Power, the clearer our perceptions become. We miss less of the day's events; we grow in our understanding of our unfolding, and we perceive with clarity the role others are playing in our lives.
We can see life as a concert in progress when we transcend our own narrow scope and appreciate the variety of people and situations all directed toward the same finale. The more we're in tune with the spiritual activity surrounding us; the more harmoniously we will be able to perform our parts.
Action for the Day: I will listen to the music of today. I will get in tune, in rhythm. I am needed for the concert's beauty.
One Day At A Time
Isolation creeps up on us. We can mask it with familiar props that are not in themselves bad.
We can isolate ourselves in an attempt to clean up our apartments (and then not do the cleaning); we can isolate ourselves in churches or in sleep;
we can use family, sweethearts, compulsive working, television. The list is long.
Reach out -- people can't read your mind. Say ouch! Someone hears. Always.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 84
Thought to Ponder . . .
Our dysfunction wants to be held while isolating.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A = You Are Not Alone.
Stop worrying and just do. Stop judging and just do.
Think about what you’re doing, but not so much that you fail to do it. Plan and prepare, but don’t stop with mere planning or preparation.
Put your energy into taking action rather than into second guessing. Keep your focus on why you’re choosing to move forward instead of getting caught up in the challenges that you’ll eventually transcend.
Don’t use your beautiful, powerful creativity to think of grand and glorious excuses. Use that creativity to remind yourself and to experience for yourself how great it feels to make a difference.
Fill your mind with thoughts of purposeful intention. Fill your moments with the joy that comes from taking effective action.
Fill your heart with genuine love for life and all it encompasses. And fill your days with action in the service of all you love.
— Ralph Marston