Thursday, August 27, 2015
Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you're going to do about it. —Kathleen Casey Theisen
Life experiences offer us courage to make choices about the events of our lives. Passive compliance with whatever is occurring need no longer dominate our pattern of behavior. Powerlessly watching our lives go by was common for many of us, and our feelings of powerlessness escalated the more idle we were.
Today, action is called for, thoughtful action in response to the situations begging for our attention. On of Life's greatest gift is the courage to take action, to make decisions that will benefit us as well as the people who are close to us. Courage is the byproduct of our spiritual progress, courage to accept what we cannot change, believing that all will be well, courage to change in ourselves what we do have control over.
An exhilaration about life accompanies the taking of action. The spell that idleness casts over us is broken, and subsequent actions are even easier to take. Clearly, making a choice and acting on it is healthful. Life has given us the tools to do both.
Decisions will be called for today. I will be patient with myself, and thoughtful. I will listen closely to the guidance that comes from those around me.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
There are still as many bars as there were when we were drinking. There are still lots of drugs around. The world hasn’t changed. What’s changed is that we now live a different way of life.
We’ve learned that, for us, alcohol and other drugs are poison.
For us, there are now two worlds: the world we left behind, and our new world of recovery. In our old world, we’d try to get everyone else to change. We had the right. In our new world, we look for ways we can change for the better. In our new life, we’re willing to change.
Prayer for the Day: I pray that I may be like a mighty river, always changing.
Action for the Day: I will list changes I need to make in my new life
One Day At A Time
In one form or another, many of my character defects appear daily:
self-condemnation, anger, running away, being prideful, wanting to get even,
or acting out of grandiosity.
Attempting half measures to eliminate these defects merely paralyzes my efforts to change.
It is only when I ask God for help, with complete abandon, then I become willing -- and able -- to change.
Daily Reflections, p. 15
Thought to Ponder . . .
If nothing changes, nothing changes.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change.
Stop worrying about how difficult it will be. Start discovering how well you can handle it.
Don’t hesitate for another moment, because your hesitation works against you. Get up, get going, and get it done.
Rest for a while when you are weary. But don’t rest for so long that you lose all your momentum.
What will energize you is taking action. What will ease your weariness is doing something useful to make positive, meaningful progress.
There are plenty of excuses, and none of them will do you any good. Leave them all behind and feel the exhilaration as you take control of your own destiny.
Starting right now, there is so much good you can do. Get up, get moving in the direction of your dreams, and enjoy all the greatness you are meant to create.
— Ralph Marston