Thursday, July 24, 2014
The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for. --Liv Ullmann
Success may be defined in many ways. In our youth, we may have measured success in terms of having a million dollars, two cars, a swimming pool. But we are coming to believe that success means living an honest life, and relying daily on our Higher Power.
Material success provides momentary pleasures but doesn't leave us with lasting happiness. We've all experienced the rush to buy another "toy," certain an inner void would be filled. Soon, we were tired of it and looking for another distraction.
We are now learning how to fill those voids with genuine sustenance; our daily commitment to our selves and our relationship with our Higher Power.
I will measure my success today by the quality of my spiritual self and relationships with others.
From the book In God's Care by Karen Casey
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
We used to look for a easier, softer way. We tried to take care of ourselves by staying clear of hard task. The result? We haven't known what the work of adult life is.
The work of adult life is this: to become spiritually centered. And to do this, we work at getting rid of our self-will. There will be many great rewards for doing this. We will wake up spiritually. We will connect with those we love. The result? We will receive self-love to replace self-will. Our work will not be easy, but it will be rewarding.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to give all to my recovery program. Then help me to be open to the rewards this will bring.
Action for the Day: I will list the hard parts of my program. Then I'll talk about them with my sponsor, friends, family, and Higher Power.
One Day At A Time
We realize now that we were excessively self-centered,
chiefly concerned about our feelings, our problems, other people's reactions to us,
and our own past and future.
Therefore, trying to get into communication with and help other people is a recovery measure for us,
because it helps take us out of ourselves.
Trying to heal ourselves by helping others works, even when it is an insincere gesture.
Try it some time.
- Living Sober, p. 85
Thought to Ponder . . .
Trust God. Clean house. Help others.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
E S H = Experience, Strength and Hope.
Flowing through you
Let the best of life flow through you. Let yourself be a conduit through which life’s amazing substance comes into the world.
Listen, watch, be aware, pay attention, be open, and allow the goodness to come to you. Then let that goodness come from you.
Take in and appreciate what is meaningful, and give it new meaning. Listen to the songs of life and then sing them with your own voice.
Experience the beauty and wonder of life’s abundance that is all around you. Then add to that abundance in your own special way.
Feel how good it feels to be where you are, to be what you’re doing. Then share that feeling in positive, creative and valuable ways.
Find joy as the best of life flows into your life. And delight in adding your own luster to that joy as it flows on far beyond you.
— Ralph Marston