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“Another exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine – both temporal and spiritual. . . I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.”
Bill. W., March 1962 
c.1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 271 
I have learned what a heart full of gratitude feels like.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
We never get upset over what happens. Never.
We get upset because of preconceived ideas
as to what we think should happen,
what we want to happen.
When our preference clashes with the reality,
we get hurt. Rid yourself of all preconceived 
ideas as to what should happen.
You are then at peace whatever happens.

All history affords us the spectacle of striving nations and groups finally torn asunder because they were designed for, or tempted into, controversy. Others fell apart because of sheer self-righteousness while trying to enforce upon the rest of mankind some millennium of their own specification.
As an A.A. member and sponsor, I know I can cause real damage if I yield to temptation and give opinions and advice on another’s medical, marital, or religious problems. I am not a doctor, counselor, or lawyer. I cannot tell anyone how he or she should live; however, I can share how I came through similar situations without drinking, and how A.A.’s Steps and Traditions help me in dealing with my life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
When you want to do a big thing, get the mental pattern, make it perfect, know just what it means, enlarge your thought, keep it to yourself, pass it over to the creative power behind all things, wait and listen, and when the impression comes, follow it with assurance. Don’t talk to anyone about it. Never listen to negative talk or pay attention to it and you will succeed where all others fail.
Ernest Holmes
There’s this little voice in my head which says,
always be good, always be good.
“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to
forgive others for being wrong than being right.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 310 Insights
“In fearlessness and love I spend today.”
Love and fear cannot coexist. When I accept Love into my heart, fear is gone. The Love of God has no conditions or limits. It is given equally to all. There are no reservations. There is no Love held back in reserve in case some extra may be needed sometime, because Love is limitless.
The ego thinks in terms of limitation. It cannot conceive of giving everything away, because to the ego, this means loss. But to Love, giving all of Itself away brings joy, because Love gives only to Love, for only Love is real.
In Love, giving and receiving are the same. In the ego, giving is loss and receiving is gain. But they are never the same. Receiving Love into my heart makes me fearless. I am fearless because I have recognized that within me is the Source of all strength, which unites me with everything that is. With nothing outside me, there is nothing to fear. This fearlessness does not come from having mightier weapons or great physical strength. It does not come with believing I have power to overcome all my enemies. This fearlessness comes from recognizing I have no enemies, for everything that is, is one with me in Love.
Today I ask the Holy Spirit to help me see the Love in all my brothers that unites me with them and them with me. I ask for help in seeing past form to the heart of Love that lies in all things. I see this through forgiveness, through letting go of the past, through letting go of false images that make it look as though I am separate. With Holy Spirit’s help I will look upon a forgiven world and welcome Love into my heart.
The two sentences that stand out to me today in this lesson are, “We spend this day together, you and I,” (2:1) and “There is no room in us for fear today, for we have welcomed love into our hearts.” (2:4) Jesus is asking me to join with him in giving Love welcome. So my job today is to join with Jesus in remembering Love. When I open my mind to Jesus, he reminds me that only Love is real and that anything else is illusion. When I am willing to remember that only Love is real, fear is impossible. There is no need for defense, no need for attack, no need to look for differences, no need to be afraid.
Love is sharing all with all. Love is sharing one Identity. Today I welcome seeing one Identity. Today I practice welcoming Love as it really is. There is no specialness in Love and there is no specialness in me or any form found in this world. Today I would let myself be carried by Love and remember that Love is all that is true and real. In fearlessness and Love I spend today.
Most Holy Spirit, my Heavenly Divine Guidance, please help me remember that today I would spend with my Father and in so doing, I will not be afraid to love or be loved. And if I should stray, Holy Spirit, help me remember that it is just an opportunity for me to heal and be set free, which is my Father’s will for me. Amen
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Steps toward living in the present
6. Be even-minded at all times:
Try always to keep a calm mind.
An even-minded individual is like
a mirror of discretion which reflects
the true nature of seemingly favorable
or unfavorable events.
Such a person is not misled by 
emotional disturbances and is always
prepared to act wisely.
You will gain this unruffled calmness
by deeper and deeper meditation.
Paramahansa Yogananda

A Daughter of Eve
by Christina Rossetti

A fool I was to sleep at noon,
  And wake when night is chilly
Beneath the comfortless cold moon;
A fool to pluck my rose too soon,
  A fool to snap my lily.
My garden-plot I have not kept;
  Faded and all-forsaken,
I weep as I have never wept:
Oh it was summer when I slept,
  It’s winter now I waken.
Talk what you please of future spring
  And sun-warm’d sweet to-morrow:—
Stripp’d bare of hope and everything,
No more to laugh, no more to sing,
  I sit alone with sorrow.

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