Edith Bunker: I was just thinking. In all the years we been married, you never once said you was sorry.
Archie Bunker: Edith, I'll gladly say that I'm sorry - if I ever do anything wrong.
We can laugh at Archie because we see a part of ourselves in him. We have lived in a cloud of denial, blind to our faults. If we weren't actually blind to them, perhaps we just refused to admit them because we did not dare. Changing this pattern takes time and determination. We make progress in life when we stop focusing on what is wrong with others and start being accountable for ourselves. We grow when we are willing to amend our lives and accept forgiveness for our mistakes.
A feeling of self-respect flows into us when we stand up and say "I did something wrong." This statement also says, "I have the strength to face my responsibilities and repair my mistakes." It is surprisingly helpful to our self-esteem, and it improves our relationships.
Today, I will be accountable for my actions and will admit my mistakes.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
It's ironic, but until you can free those final monsters within the jungle of yourself, your life, your soul is up for grabs. --Rona Barrett
We all have monsters. Maybe it's depression over the past or present circumstances, or resentment about another's behavior, or fear of new situations. Maybe it's jealousy of other women. The more attention we give the monsters, the more powerful they get. The harder we try to resist the jealousy or depression or fear, the greater it becomes.
The program offers us the way to let go. And we find the way through one another. When we share ourselves fully with one another, share our monsters with one another, they no longer dominate us. They seek the dark recesses of our minds, and when we shine the light on them, they recoil. The program offers us an eternal light.
Action for the Day: I will let the program shine its light in my life today. My monsters will flee for the day.
Pass It On
". . . I'll never forget the first time I met Bill Wilson.
I was a couple of months sober and so excited,
so thrilled to actually meet the co-founder that I gushed all over him
with what my sobriety meant to me and my undying gratitude
for his starting AA. When I ran down,
he took my hand in his and said simply, 'Pass It On.' "
- 'Pass It On' the story of Bill Wilson and how the AA message reached the world, Preface
Thought to Ponder . . .
Get it - Give it - Grow in it.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = Hope, Encouragement, Love, Patience.
Every moment a miracle
Every moment is a miracle. Every day is filled with magnificent wonder.
Opportunities for joy, and possibilities for great enrichment, are everywhere. A vast abundance spreads out in all directions.
Even the troubling, challenging moments have their positive components. For it is in each moment that the miracle of your life is lived.
Though the petty, frustrating things vie for your attention, they do not have to dominate you. You can choose to remind yourself, again and again, how miraculous it all is.
You can act to make something even more beautiful out of the beauty that already is. You can celebrate, appreciate, and support the goodness and positive value in your world.
The miracle you seek is this moment. Live it as the miracle it is, and the miracle will be yours.
— Ralph Marston