Friday, October 24, 2014
The universal human yearning (is) for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change. —Willa Cather
The specter of change builds dread in most of us. We fear the effects on our personal lives. We lack faith that the impending change will benefit us. Only time can assure us of that. And it will, just as every change we've survived up to now has done.
Changes are gifts, really. They come as hallmarks to our present attainments. They signify successful growth. And they announce our readiness for more growth. How we struggle to understand this, and how quickly we forget it once we have adapted to the change. The struggle is then repeated the next time change visits us.
We long for permanence, believing it guarantees security, not realizing the only real security available to us come with our trust in our Higher Power, from whom all change comes as a blessing on the growth we've attained. If we were to experience total lack of change, we'd find death. Life is challenge, continued change, always endurable and growth enhancing. We can reflect on what's gone before, and trust that which faces us now.
Change means I am progressing, on course.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
We, in our younger years, used to be stubborn. Once we got an idea in our heads, we wouldn't change it.
We didn't listen to others ideas. We almost seemed to say, “Don’t tell me the facts. I've already made up my mind.”
But lately , some new ideas are making sense to us. We are starting to change our minds. Maybe we are good people, after all. Maybe we do deserve to be happy. Maybe other people can help us. Maybe our Higher Power does know best.
We’re not acting like fools any longer. We’re learning to change our old ideas.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, when I hear a better idea, help me change my mind.
Action for the Day: When I hear or read a new idea today, I’ll really think about it. If it fits, I’ll try it.
One Day At A Time
I can recognize that I'm caught up in my will when I desperately struggle to slam a square peg into a round hole.
That's the time for me to back off and trust that my Higher Power's will is far better than mine.
- © The AA Grapevine, November, 2013
Thought to Ponder . . .
I can't do Their will my way.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
FAITH = Finding Answers In The Heart.
What if whatever happened, just happened? What if you didn’t have to fight against it?
Would it be so terrible to lose what you have if you still had the opportunity to build something new, something potentially even better? Is it really so important, so necessary to hang on so tightly to everything?
Sometimes, often in fact, what you have will prevent you from moving on ahead to what you can be. What if you had the confidence to move decisively toward what you can be? How would that look? What would you do right now?
Adventure awaits. There are memories in your past, but adventure does not linger there, not even for a few moments.
Adventure is always ahead. Go get it, and go live it.
— Ralph Marston