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Eye Opener (1950)
The aim of AA is not Sobriety but Happy Sobriety. The most effective and, incidentally, the soberest group, is the happiest group. It is possible that you can’t speak at meetings, maybe you are not in a position to “carry the message,” but you can and should show your happy sobriety in the radiance of your smile. It is our only advertisement and it should outshine in brilliance the gaudiest of neon sign.
The poor guy still in the gutter isn’t interested in your sobriety; he’s interested in the price of another drink. He is, however, very much interested in happiness. It’s what he has been looking for all his life and thought he could buy by the “fifth.”
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   
“Whatever happens to you is a single experience, a One experience.
There is no you _and_ the event; there is only the total experience
which includes you in it. A man wears himself out trying to catch
the bus in life until it finally dawns on him that he is the bus
as well as the passenger. If there is no you and an unexpected
event, conflict is impossible. Obviously, there is then nothing to
anxiously pursue, nothing which you are frantically compelled to
catch. It is like having a nightmare in which you try to fight your
way out of a jungle, only to awaken to find yourself safe at home.”
Secrets for Higher Success
Twenty Four Hours A Day May 13,2016
Thought for the Day
In A.A. we find fellowship and release and strength. And having found these things, the real reasons for our drinking are taken away. Then drinking has no more justification in our minds. We no longer need to fight against drink. Drink just naturally leaves us. At first, we are sorry that we can’t drink, but we get so that we are glad that we don’t have to drink. Am I glad that I don’t have to drink?
Meditation for the Day
Try never to judge. The human mind is so delicate and so complex that only its Maker can know it wholly. Each mind is so different, actuated by such different motives, controlled by such different circumstances, influenced by such different sufferings, you cannot know all the influences that have gone to make up a personality. Therefore, it is impossible for you to judge wholly that personality. But God knows that person wholly and He can change it. Leave to God the unraveling of the puzzles of personality. And leave it to God to teach you the proper understanding. 
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may not judge other people. I pray that I may be certain that God can set right what is wrong in every personality.
 We should daily train of thought I recognized the
 spirit and everything we do, saying think. 
The science of Mind page 276 
Too often, we search afar for our own purpose when it is in our lives all the time, waiting for us to express it more openly. Bring greater awareness to each encounter and situation in life. Tune in to what you are inspired to do, who you are inspired to be. Your answers are waiting for you to pay attention – every moment!
— John Robson
“…focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
— Greg Anderson
Don’t sit and wait. 
Get out there,
 feel alive. 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 133 Insights
“I will not value what is valueless.”
Today’s lesson lies at the core of awakening. I will not value what is valueless. Jesus has told us many times that we seek for what we value and we value it because we think it will give us something we want. As long as I value a world of separation, I will seek for it and I will find it.
But now I am learning to value what is truly important. I am learning to value the truth. In truth I am still as God created me. I am love and nothing else, and that is the truth about everyone.
As I practice every day opening more and more to the truth, its value grows in my mind. The Love that I am is found and felt. The Love that everyone is is found and felt. There is no complication here. Life as I know it becomes simple and clear of valueless distractions. There is only one goal, and that is to return to the truth and let go of the valueless.
This is actually very practical. It is not just heady concepts. It brings everything and every experience down to very simple terms. What is real and what is not real? I can let go of what is not real because it doesn’t matter. I can open more and more to what is real because that is all that does matter.
In today’s lesson, the first test Jesus talks about is asking of everything, “Is this eternal? Is this a thing that lasts forever?” This is how I can tell if what I am choosing is valuable or valueless, worth everything or nothing at all. As I apply the practice of today’s lesson to each situation I encounter, it takes me a long way towards recognizing what is real and what is not real; what is valuable and what is not worth seeking. This is a very important step on my journey of return to the changeless truth.
I am so grateful for these daily practice lessons. I am gradually learning to generalize it to every part of my life. Learning to let go of valuing what is valueless opens my mind to receive what is really true. The whole Sonship is still as God created it. God’s extensions are still safe in the Mind of God. No one has left Heaven. Nothing has changed. The truth is true and nothing else is true. “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” (Intro.) Today I practice applying this to every situation I encounter in my daily life.
This lesson seems to be working mainly at the metaphysical level. It says that if what you gain another loses, then what you gained is valueless. In the physical world, for anything that you take, the one that you took it from no longer has it. You may have offered money in exchange, but that thing is no longer in their possession. The very point of this lesson is that this exchange is truly valueless. It really follows from yesterday’s lesson. Nothing in this world is real and therefore nothing in this world has value.
If we still maintain identification with the ego, this can seem very frustrating. If nothing here is of value, what’s the use, the ego would say. Here it is important that we look at the third test given in this lesson. We need to ask, “What is this for? What is its purpose?” It is its purpose that gives it its meaning. If its purpose is to maintain the idea of separation and specialness, then it is really an empty meaning, for separation and specialness cannot be real. But if its purpose is to facilitate forgiveness and the extension of Love, then its value is mighty, for it is leading us to the gate of Heaven.
To clearly discern the purpose of anything in any moment, we need to ask the guidance of Holy Spirit. On our own, which means in our identification with the ego, it is impossible for us to truly recognize the purpose of anything. But the Holy Spirit in our mind is there to help us in every moment with every decision. An important step to opening up to His guidance is learning to recognize the valuable and the valueless. If I am valuing an ego based idea or thing, I will not have an open mind and will be unwilling to receive the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Today’s lesson offers us a means to practice recognizing the valuable and the valueless. The tests offered in this lesson can help me loosen my grip on the valueless by helping me to recognize it for what it is. This is how I can come to the Holy Spirit with empty hands and an open mind to receive His gifts of the truly valuable.
Today i will practice asking in each decision, “Is this eternal? Does this involve loss of any kind? What is its purpose? Is there any guilt associated with this?” Thank you Jesus for this mighty tool to help me on my journey of awakening.
God is the mirror of silence in which all creation is reflected. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Don’t sit and wait. 
Get out there,
 feel alive. 

Ron Richey
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