Wednesday, February 27, 2012
Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts. --William Shenstone
After an intense discussion, we might rehash what we said and wish we'd said something else. Perhaps some brilliant remark occurs to us long after the conversation has ended.
We can say only what comes to us at the time of the discussion. Our best preparation for any such discussion – however important – is to place the matter in our Higher Power's hands, seeking the highest good for everyone involved.
It may be that the brilliant thoughts coming to us later would have actually been inappropriate. After all, important discussions also involve exchanges of strong feelings that influence the meeting. If our feelings are in line with our own principles, the discussion should go well. In such cases, we will probably say what we're supposed to say.
I'll do my best today, without trying to second-guess every word or action.
From the book Walk in Dry Places by Mel B.
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
Thoughtful people tell us that every person has to "sell" himself or herself in daily work. We may find that threatening. Uncertainty and the fear of rejection or failure put us under stress.
We can avoid this stress and tension by putting all responsibility for results in our Higher Power's hands. While it is true that we want to succeed and to be accepted, we can never be sure that our idea of success is the right one. There are times when our strong determination to succeed at all costs makes us overbearing and demanding in our approach. We may be so anxious to appear competent and knowledgeable that we overreach our selves and make stupid blunders.
Our Higher Power can show us how to handle each day's affairs in an orderly, reasonable way. It is not necessary to win every argument or to make every sale. We can sell ourselves mor effectively when we go through the day calmly and take a genuine interest in the ideas and concerns of others.
Action for the Day: I will look upon my customers and fellow workers as friends and allies. I don't have to bludgeon every person into accepting my point of view. If I am sincerely trying to follow my Higher Power's will in all my affairs, others will sense my sincerity and will be glad to consider what I have to say.
A Right to be Wrong
The AA group would have to stick to its course or be hopelessly lost.
Sobriety had to be its sole objective.
In all other aspects there was perfect freedom of will and action.
Every group had the right to be wrong.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 147
Thought to Ponder . . .
There is no strength without unity.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = All Accepted.
The moment you imagine
Imagine that problems are no longer a problem for you. Imagine that the frustrations no longer frustrate you.
Imagine that you are no longer limited by the limitations. Imagine that the obstacles no longer are able to hold you back.
Now consider this. Your life is the way it is not because of what comes your way, but because of how you respond to it all.
If you can truly imagine that the problems are no problem, that is the way it will be. If you can sincerely imagine that the obstacles cannot hold you back, they won’t.
Do you respond to the difficulties by making them even worse? Or do you choose to imagine yourself beyond them?
The moment you imagine, it changes nothing except you. And yet, that is more than enough to completely change your world.
— Ralph Marston