Wednesday, January 28, 2015
When a, man leaves off believing in imaginary property, then only will he make use of his true property. --Leo Tolstoy
The original meaning of property is "belonging to the self." In this sense, land, houses, money, paintings, jewels, cars cannot be our property; they are all things, and we enjoy using them, but they have nothing to do with our selves.
What then is our true property? It's our moral and spiritual qualities; our capacity for love, our commitment to honesty. These are what make a difference in who we are. The difference between a lie and the truth is vastly greater than the difference between a bicycle and a Mercedes. When we appreciate this distinction, we can begin to develop our spiritual selves.
We all know that things can't make us happy; only a loving heart and a clear conscience can do that. Yet often we act as though the piling up of things was important in itself. A little reflection can restore our balance and return our imaginary property to its true place in our lives.
True property is what nothing can take away from me.
From the book The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Champions are made. How lucky we are to have the Steps to guide us to become champions. The program promises us self-awareness, but we have to put forth the effort. And the process isn't always easy. We have liabilities, all of us, and it's generally easier to see them than our assets. Self-awareness is recognizing both. To become a champion, whether as an athlete, a homemaker, a teacher, a secretary, or an attorney, is to maximize the assets and minimize the liabilities, but to accept the existence of both. The program that we share offers us daily opportunities to know ourselves, to help other women know themselves, and to strengthen our assets along the way. We can feel our assets growing, and it feels good. We can see our liabilities diminish, and it feels good. The program offers us a championship.
Action for the Day: I can strengthen my assets, first by knowing them, and then by emphasizing them repeatedly. I'll focus on one today.
One Day At A Time
It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness.
To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worthwhile.
But with the alcoholic/addict, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of harboring resentment is infinitely grave.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 5
Thought to Ponder . . .
Hurt people hurt people.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Altered Attitudes.
Today is a day for something new in your life. Think of what it could be.
This is a new, original day. So celebrate it, honor it, and live it with new, original experiences.
You’re only stuck in a rut to the extent that you allow yourself to be. On this beautiful, unique day, go beyond everything you’ve done before and put some new, meaningful substance into your life.
That doesn’t mean you have to do something that will be reported on the local news. It just means that you have the opportunity to add a new flavor of richness to this experience that is your life.
Think of all you love, all you care about, all you desire and wish for, all you value, and all the things you’re curious about. Go ahead, take a step you’ve always wanted to take, and explore an aspect of life you’ve always wanted to know more about.
What a shame it would be for today to be an exact copy of any other day. This is your chance for something new, so take that chance, get out of your rut, and experience the wonder of existence in a way you’ve never known before.
— Ralph Marston