Friday, August 29, 2014
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. —Helen Keller
The next 24 hours are guaranteed to excite us, to lift us to new levels of understanding, to move us into situations with others where we can offer our unique contributions. All that is asked of us is a willingness to trust that we will be given just what we need at each moment.
We can dare to live, fully, just for today. We can appreciate the extraordinariness of every breath we take, every challenge we encounter. Within each experience is the invitation for us to grow, to reach out to others in caring ways, to discover more fully the person we are capable of being. We must not let a single moment go by unnoticed.
When we withdraw from life, we stunt our growth. We need involvement with others, involvement that perturbs us, humors us, and even stresses us. We tap our internal resources only when we have been pushed to our limits, and our participation in life gifts us, daily, with that push. How necessary the push!
None of us will pass this way again. What we see and feel and say today are gone forever. We have so much to regret when we let things slip away, unnoticed or unappreciated.
A special series of events has been planned for me today. I shall not miss it.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Today, let’s be gentle and kind. Lets talk to ourselves with love and respect. Let’s be gentle with others too.
Today, let’s be clear in how we think, speak, and act. And if we start to get mixed up, let’s stop thinking and listen for our Higher Power’s voice.
Today, we know that we have just a small job to do. It is to live today with love in our heart. We can’t take care of every problem in the world. But we make our actions today part of the answer instead of the part of the problem. Let's Keep It Simple.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me find Your calmness and peace in my heart today.
Action for the Day: Do I believe that peace starts with me? Today, I’ll listen to the simple voice of peace inside of me. And I’ll Keep It Simple.
One Day At A Time
My Higher Power began to clear my channels so the real understanding began to come.
Then was the time when full realization and acknowledgement came to me.
It was the realization and acknowledgement of the fact that I was full of self-pity and resentment, realization of the fact that I had not fully given my problems to My Higher Power, which I choose to call God. You choose your own conception of God.
I was still trying to do my own fixing.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 22
Thought to Ponder . . .
God can only do for me what He can do through me.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G R O W T H = God Reveals Other Ways To Heal.
Strong and compelling purpose
If you’re too easily distracted, don’t blame the distractions. Instead, consider how you could make your work more meaningful and compelling.
Rather than fighting against the distractions, overpower them. Seek to put things in your life and your work that are so interesting and captivating that the plain old ordinary distractions are left with no way to compete.
It’s much easier for the little, meaningless things to distract you if you’re subconsciously looking for things to distract you. The more you focus on what’s truly important in your life, the less you’ll be knocked off your task by distractions.
Imagine what you could focus on that would get you totally engaged and absorbed and immune to just about any kind of distraction. Imagine what things would be so thoroughly meaningful to you that it would be nearly impossible to pull you away from them.
You owe it to yourself to follow a strong and compelling purpose. You owe it to life to work toward the achievement of those things that mean the most to you.
Instead of letting yourself be too easily distracted, allow yourself to be filled with enthusiasm for following your authentic purpose. The more energy you give to what matters, the less you’ll be bothered by what doesn’t.
— Ralph Marston