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Eye Opener (1950)
We have all had the pleasure of knowing intimately
 several men who might be classed as
 “Gentlemen of Leisure” and what a squirrel 
cage they were usually in. 
They labored all night long to get in jams that required
 a staff of lawyers all the next day to extricate them.
It takes a big man to make effective use of leisure.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen  and unconscious,
which is why their existence is denied.

Twenty Four Hours A Day NOV.1,2016

Thought for the Day 
I have hope. That magic thing that I had lost or misplaced. The future looks dark no more. I do not even look at it, except when necessary to make plans. I try to let the future take care of itself. The future will be made up of todays and todays, stretching out as short as now and as long as eternity. Hope is justified by many right nows, by the rightness of the present. Nothing can happen to me that God does not will for me. I can hope for the best, as long as I have what I have and it is good. Have I hope?
Meditation for the Day
Faith is the messenger that bears your prayers to God. Prayer can be like incense, rising ever higher and higher. The prayer of faith is the prayer of trust that feels the presence of God which it rises to meet. It can be sure of some response from God. We can say a prayer of thanks to God every day for His grace, which has kept us on the right way and allowed us to start living the good life. So we should pray to God with faith and trust and gratitude.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may feel sure of some response to my prayers. I pray that I may be content with whatever form that response takes.

All we have to decide is what to do 
with the time that is given us.
JRR Tolkien 
All nature conspires to produce and manifest
the freedom of the individual. We may be sure God is for us. 
The science of Mind of page 268 
All of creation acknowledges my value.
 I celebrate my worthiness.

It must be more coincidence that spirit has both high and low meanings for the alcoholic. In its high meaning, spirit is the power that rescue is and maintains us in sobriety. In its low meaning, spirit in any alcoholic beverage, the route to further destruction.
Carl Jung, whose advice has a link to AA’s founding, felt that alcoholics were seeking God, even in their drinking. We were choosing the low spirit because we knew about contacting the higher one.
In the Twelve Step program, we learned about contacting a spiritual Power that makes startling and wonderful charges in our lives. People see a new spirit in our lives and a new spirit as we go about our business. This spirited way of life comes from returning to what must be the Source of our being.

Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge of driftwood along the beach, wanting! They derive from a slow and powerful root that we can’t see. Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out.
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks

Lesson 304
Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.
I can obscure my holy sight, if I intrude my world upon it. Nor can I behold the holy sights Christ looks upon, unless it is His vision that I use. Perception is a mirror, not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward. I would bless the world by looking on it through the eyes of Christ. And I will look upon the certain signs that all my sins have been forgiven me.
You lead me from the darkness to the light; from sin to holiness. Let me forgive, and thus receive salvation for the world. It is Your gift, my Father, given me to offer to Your holy Son, that he may find again the memory of You, and of Your Son as You created him.

why take the surface details in life so seriously? 
Be drunk with the inner peace of divine realization,
 whatever your earthly lot.
 Paramahansa Yogananda 

I came like Water, and like Wind I go.
Omar Khayyam

The trials of man are of two kinds.
(a) The consequences of his own actions. If a man eats too much, he ruins his digestion; if he takes poison he becomes ill or dies. If a person gambles he will lose his money; if he drinks too much he will lose his equilibrium. All these sufferings are caused by the man himself, it is quite clear therefore that certain sorrows are the result of our own deeds.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 49-50)


Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96816

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