Wednesday, October 22, 2014
And this above all, to thine own self be true.
And it must follow as night the day,
thou canst not be false to any man.
"To thine own self be true." "Live the life you were meant to live." "Be the person you were meant to be." These statements convey a wonderful truth - that when we go inside and trust our intuition, life opens before us. When we ignore our inner leanings, however, trouble arises.
Trying to live out somebody else's life script is like putting a size 10 foot into a size 7 shoe. The size simply does not fit. No matter how hard you force yourself to adjust to your situation, the discomfort continues.
Why not start off with the right fit? Acknowledge your unique gifts and talents, as well as your wants and needs. Then seek out situations and circumstances that will allow them their full expression. This route may take time, but the results are worth it - a life of peace and fulfillment that comes from being true to yourself.
From the book Listening to Your Inner Voice by Douglas Bloch
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
When we’re not honest with others, we’re not being honest with ourselves. In recovery, we’re taught how to heal our hearts. We admit we’re wrong, and we do it quickly. We let our spirit have the loudest voice. This way, lies lose power over us. We find a way to be true to our spirit.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, You have a soft, quiet voice inside me. Help me, through meditation, to hear You better. Yours is the voice to follow.
Action for the Day: I’ll listen to my Higher Power. I’ll list any lies I’ve been telling myself and others lately. Then I’ll find someone I trust and tell that person what I’ve lied about.
One Day At A Time
We are sure our Higher Power wants us to be happy, joyous, and free.
We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us.
But it is clear that we made our own misery. Our Higher Power didn't do it.
Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 133
Thought to Ponder . . .
True happiness is found in the journey, not the destination.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F = Happy, Joyous, Free.
Sometimes it doesn't feel like it, but what you do matters. Sometimes it’s hard to see how, but what you do makes a difference.
There is always hope, because there is always something you can do. There is always hope, because there is always a way to change things for the better.
Instead of wondering how much of an impact you’ll have, just go ahead and take action. Be the cause, and let the results come as they will.
Nurture the very best of intentions. Then give life to those intentions with action.
Often the path is twisted and complex. The only way to find your way through is to go.
Set your sights on the results you desire. And be the cause, for as long as it takes to bring those results to life.
— Ralph Marston