Thursday, February 28, 2013
The weariest night, the longest day, sooner or later must perforce come to an end. —Baroness Orczy
The difficult spells in our lives come to an end. And no matter the depth of our disturbance, we will survive. We forget that the depths teach us how to better appreciate the heights.
Sorrow heightens joy. Depression heightens laughter. We wouldn't know the joys and laughter were it not for the sorrows. In them we learn to be patient, waiting for the wisdom which will light our way. In them we learn to listen for the guidance that beckons us forth.
We must reflect on the troubling experiences we've passed through of late. They made us wiser; they gave us strength. They changed us, moving us ever closer to the women, whole and happy, we desire to be.
Difficulties often precede enlightenment. They pull us inward, perhaps push us to search for our connectedness to our Higher Power, a connectedness that is at home in our hearts. The paradox is that these painful periods strengthen our oneness with the Spirit.
If the day looks bleak, I will accept it as a hand reaching toward me, to pull me forward, to secure my spiritual connectedness.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.---William James
Step Two speaks of believing. For many years, we had given up believing in ourselves, in a Higher Power, and in others. We believed in getting high. Now our journey tells us to believe in love. We are lovable, and we can love others without hurting them. Of course, believing is an important part of recovery.
To believe means to put aside our doubts. To believe means to have hope. Believing makes the road a little smoother. So, believing lets the healing happen a little faster. All of this is how we get ready to let in the care of our Higher Power.
Prayer for the Day: I pray for the courage to believe. I'll not let doubt into my heart. I can overcome any of life's challenges.
Action for the Day: I'll list four times doubt got in my way. And I'll think of what I can do to not let that happen again.
But today is always here. Life is daily; today is all we have;
and anybody can go one day without drinking or using.
First, we try living in the now just in order to stay sober -- and it works.
Once the idea has become a part of our thinking,
we find that living life in 24-hour segments is an effective and satisfying way
to handle many other matters as well.
- Living Sober, p. 7
Thought to Ponder . . .
Just for today, I choose not to drink or use.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S I T = Stay In Today.
Every day is a blessing
Some of life’s blessings are immediately obvious. There are many others that, although they don’t feel like blessings at the time, can eventually bring great value to your life.
It may seem strange to be thankful when difficulties come your way. Yet those difficulties, and your response to them, can end up making you much stronger and bringing new richness to your life.
It’s easy, and very beneficial, to be thankful when life is going great. And your gratitude can be even more powerful and appropriate when things are not going so well.
Gratitude is not merely the result of having good and valuable experiences in your life. Gratitude is an essential part of causing life’s goodness and abundance to come your way.
By being sincerely thankful, you align your life with all that is good and positive and meaningful. By being thankful, you create even more and even better things for which to be thankful.
Every day is a blessing, whether it seems like it at the time or not. Be truly thankful, and benefit from the abundance that is always there.
— Ralph Marston