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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT 3/30/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
“”The books that the world calls immoral are the 
books that show the world its own shame.” 
— Oscar Wilde
“Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave you. . . ” 
–Alcoholics Anonymous Pg. 84
 
“Silence is the great revelation.” –Lao Tzu
 
 
The world owes me nothing tho i am nothing without
giving the breath of life to our sacred inheritance,
to be kind to one another…👥 jrc

 
“It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.
We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.”
— p. 85

 
“Today, I will stop forcing things to happen. Instead, I will allow things to happen naturally.
If I catch myself trying to force events or control people, I will stop and figure out a way to detach.”
–M. Beattie

 
“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
–Wayne Dyer


Doctors Opinion “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.
But what will happen in all the other days that ever
come can depend on what you do today.” –
Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)

“An Chéad Rud Ar dTús”=First Things First

“Heaven and hell is right now. . .
You make it heaven or you make it hell by your actions.”
–George Harrison

La Amháin Sa Turás”
–ODAT

“Day by day, we try to move a little toward God’s perfection.
So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt…”
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 15

“Beauty is not caused. It is.”
— Emily Dickinson

 
“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”
–Pope John Paul II

 
“Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave you. . . ”
–Alcoholics Anonymous Pg. 84

 
 
“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.” 
–Mother Teresa
 
“Adventure is not outside a man; it is within.”
–David Grayson

 
“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.” –Ralph Marston
 
     
“Adventure is not outside a man; it is within.”
–David Grayson
 
“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
–Native American Proverb
 
“Day by day, we try to move a little toward God’s perfection.
So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt…”
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 15
 
“Showing up is 80 percent of life.”
–Woody Allen
 
I feel like I know a few things, and one that’s important is that we have to be strong enough to continue to love and care about the generations to come in the way  our ancestors have done for us.
LAURIE WEAHKEE


 
I feel like I know a few things, and one that’s important is that we have to be strong enough to continue to love and care about the generations to come in the way our ancestors have done for us.
LAURIE WEAHKEE
 
For me, a lovely day is any day I wake up.
BERNIE S. SIEGEL
 
“The present will not long endure.” 
–Pindar
 
The question is not why they don’t like you 
when you are being you. It is why you are 
wasting your time worrying what they think of you. 
Spiritual Awakenings
 
“I came to a fork in the road… so I picked it up!” – Lawrence ‘Yogi’ Berra

Heaven and Earth are threads from one loom.
FRANK WINKLER
 
I care about truth not for truth’s sake but for my own. 
Samuel Butler
 
I now choose to rise above my personality problems to recognize the magnificence of my being.
 I am totally willing to learn to love myself. 
Louise Hay 
 
If you work on your mind with your mind, 
how can you avoid any misconfusion? 
Seng-ts’an 
 
There is no such thing as a problem 
without a gift for you in it’s hands. 
Richard Bach 
 
Do not be anxious about tomorrow;
 tomorrow will look after itself. 
The Bible 
 
Love is not consolation, it is light. 
Simone Weil 
 
Patience is the key to Paradise. 
Turkish proverb 
 
What a lovely surprise to discover 
how unlonely being alone can be. 
Ellen Burstyn 
 
By yielding you may obtain Victory. 
Ovid 
 
We cannot tell what may happen to us
in the strange medley of life. 
But we can decide what happens in a 
dash how we take it, what we do with it – 
and that is really what counts me in. 
Joseph Fort Newton
 
 “At the back of every noble life are the 
principles that have fashioned it.”
George Lorimer
 
The main thing in one’s own private
world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
MAYA ANGELOU
 
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well.
For all serious daring starts from within.
EUDORA WELTY
 
May you embrace this day, not just as any old day, 
but as this day. Your day. 
Held in trust by you, in a singular place, called now.
CARRIE NEWCOMER
 
 “At the back of every noble life are the 
principles that have fashioned it.”
George Lorimer
 
The main thing in one’s own private 
world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
MAYA ANGELOU
 
May you embrace this day, not just as any old day,
but as this day. Your day. 
Held in trust by you, in a singular place, called now.
CARRIE NEWCOMER
 
May you embrace this day, not just as any old day, 
but as this day. Your day. Held in trust by you, in a 
singular place, called now.
CARRIE NEWCOMER
 
Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask
 whether it will be a good place from which 
to go on as well as a good place to remain.
MARY CATHERINE BATESON
 
If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel,
we can find something to be thankful for.
TERRY LYNN TAYLOR
 
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet…. 
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
JACK LONDON
 
“Honesty” without compassion and understanding 
is not honest, but subtle hostility. 
–Rose N. Frarnzblau
 
“When people talk, listen completely. 
Most people never listen.”
 — Ernest Hemingway
 
“Simmering resentment saps energy.” 
–N. Qubein
 
“Children are our most valuable natural resource.”
 –Herbert Hoover
 
When you listen generously to people they 
can hear the truth in themselves, often for the 
first time.
RACHEL NAOMI REMEN
 
Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless
pursuit of getting somewhere else,
 is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.
TARA BRACH
 
We are walking each other home.
RAM DASS AND PAUL GORMAN
 
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” 
-Scottish Proverb

You can’t change the world from the rearview mirror.
ANITA RODDICK


Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken.
EAST AFRICAN PROVERB
 
“If there is anything we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is not 
something that could be better changed in ourselves.”
 –Carl Jung
 
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep 
streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music,
or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all
the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, here lived a great
streetsweeper who did his job well.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.


The beautiful is everywhere.
FERNAND LÉGER

I’m not in charge “God has no grandchildren.”
Anon


The whole world is a series of miracles, 
but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN


“The Depth of My Shallowness Knows No Bounds.”
Anonymous


“God, help me be so clear on who I am that I can
generously afford to let other people be who they are, 
too. Help me to set aside my defensive behavior,
 and teach me to blend with other people and see 
their point of view while not relinquishing my own.”
 –Melody Beattie
 
A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.
CHRISTOPHER K. GERMER
 
Living simply makes loving simple.
BELL HOOKS
 
 “According to my experience, the principal characteristic
of genuine happiness is peace, inner peace.” 
–Dalai Lama
 
Nothing is a waste of time if you use your experience wisely.
AUGUSTE RODIN
 
A well taken care of today will pave the way for a well taken care of tomorrow.
SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA
 
 “To the world you’re just one person but to 
one person you could mean the world.
Anon
 
An act of love that fails is just as much a part of 
the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, 
for love is measured by its own fullness, not by its reception.
HAROLD LOUKES
 
“Fear is everywhere, and many fears lie within us, 
whether screaming loudly or sitting dormant. 
We must cast away fear, as we would the plague.” 
–S. Zee
 
Goodness of heart is a continuous feast.
PROVERBS 15:15
 
“To know all things is not permitted.” 
— Horace
 
The more you sense the rareness and value of your own life,
 the more you realize that how you use it, how you manifest it,
is all your responsibility. We face such a big task, 
so naturally we sit down for a while.
KOBUN CHINO OTOGAWA ROSHI
 
“Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
 — Jesus
 
It’s impossible for me not to believe in some kind of a power greater than myself. 
I couldn’t have created this beauty on my best day. 
Patricia Dixon
 
just to be alive is a grand thing.” 
–Agatha Christie
 
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
NATIVE AMERICAN PROVERB
 
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
GLORIA NAYLOR
 
I rise to taste the dawn, and find that love alone will shine today.
KEN WILBER
 
Don’t plan it all. Let life surprise you a little.
JULIA ALVAREZ
 
HP Nieces & Nephews Leading White House mtg Awareness Humility “God, help me be so clear on who I am that I can generously afford to let other people be who they are, too. Help me to set aside my defensive behavior, and teach me to blend with other people and see their point of view while not relinquishing my own.” –Melody Beattie
 
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. 
I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, 
the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, 
even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.
RUMI
 
Prayer 
 
“In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances.”
Bill W., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 104
As Bill Sees It, p. 127 
 
Thought to Consider . . . 
 
Trying to pray is praying.
 
P U S H
Pray Until Something Happens
 
 
 
Depression
Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
“If temperamentally we are on the depressive side, we are apt to be swamped with guilt and self-loathing. We wallow in this messy bog, often getting a misshapen and painful pleasure out of it. As we morbidly pursue this melancholy activity, we may sink to such a point of despair that nothing but oblivion looks possible as a solution. Here, of course, we have lost all perspective, and therefore all genuine humility. For this is pride in reverse. This is not a moral inventory at all; it is the very process by which the depressive has so often been led to the bottle and extinction.”
1952, AAWS, Inc.; Printed 2005; 
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 45
 
 
*^Daily Reflections^*
LOOKING WITHIN 
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 42 
Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what the liabilities in each of us have been, and are. I want to find exactly how, when, and where my natural desires have warped me. I wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and myself. By discovering what my emotional deformities are, I can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for me. 
  To resolve ambivalent feelings, I need to feel a strong and helpful sense of myself. Such an awareness doesn’t happen overnight, and no one’s self-awareness is permanent. Everyone has the capacity for growth, and for self-awareness, through an honest encounter with reality. When I don’t avoid issues but meet them directly, always trying to resolve them, they become fewer and fewer.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
 
Courage and Prudence
“When fear persisted, we knew it for what it was and we became able to handle it. We began to see each adversity as a God-given opportunity to develop the kind of courage which is born of humility, rather than of bravado.”
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“Prudence is a workable middle ground, a channel of clear sailing between the obstacles of fear on the one side and of recklessness on the other. Prudence in practice creates a definite climate, the only climate in which harmony, effectiveness, and consistent spiritual progress can be achieved.”
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“Prudence is rational concern without worry.”
1. GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1962
 2. TWELVE CONCEPTS, P. 65 – 3.TALK, 1966 
 
“How dark it is before the dawn! In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch. I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 8
 
Since I’ve been in A.A., have I made a start toward becoming more honest? Do I no longer have to lie to my loved ones? Do I try to have meals on time, and do I try to earn what I make at work? Am I trying to be honest? Have I faced myself as I really am and have I admitted to myself that I’m no good by myself, but have to rely on God to help me do the right thing? Am I beginning to find out what it means to be alive and to face the world honestly and without fear? 
  God is all around us. His spirit pervades the universe. And yet we often do not let His spirit in. We try to get along without His help and we make a mess of our lives. We can do nothing of any value without God’s help. All our human relationships depend on this. When we let God’s spirit rule our lives, we learn how to get along with others and how to help them. 
Twenty Four Hours A Day
It is a huge danger to pretend that awful things do not happen. 
But you need enough hope to keep going. I am trying to make hope. 
Flowers grow out of darkness.
CORITA KENT
 
Enveloped in Your Light, may I be a beacon to those in search of Light. Sheltered in Your Peace, may I offer shelter to those in need of peace. Embraced by Your Presence, so may I be present to others.
RABBI RAMI SHAPIRO
 
“If you make yourself a doormat, you will be stepped on.” 
–American Proverb
 
“Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished, are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have nothing to do with my original problem.”
Anonymous
 
“Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished,
are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles
to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have 
nothing to do with my original problem.
Anonymous
 
We must have the stubbornness to accept our 
gladness in the ruthless furnace of the world.
JACK GILBERT
 
The bad part about living outside the law is 
that you have no longer the protection of it.
Truman Capote 

When we do the best we can, we never know 
what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
HELEN KELLER


Anyone can be happy when they get what they want;
 the challenge is to stay grateful and peaceful even 
when the world around you feels crazy and dangerous and horrible.
ELIZABETH GILBERT


Some of the back roads are the greatest Adventures. 
They usually don’t feel that way at the time. 
Patricia Dixon


Nine requisites for contented living:
Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of God.
Hope enough to remove all the anxious fears concerning the future.
–Johann von Goethe


“I grew up learning to ‘seem’ a certain way, not to ‘be’ a certain way”

Annonymous
 
I’m sorry you need people like me to feel better about you
Anonymous
 
“May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. May God be with you and bless you; May you see your children’s children. May you be poor in misfortune, Rich in blessings, May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward. May the road rise to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home And may the hand of a friend always be near. May green be the grass you walk on, May blue be the skies above you, May pure be the joys that surround you, May true be the hearts that love you.”
— Irish blessing🍀

Stress is when you want something to be what it isn’t. Acceptance is the only cure. So when I start to feel stressed, I ask myself what I’m resisting, and how can I loosen my grip a so that letting go can be easier? It’s unnerving how often what I think is the problem isn’t really the problem, especially when other people are not only okay with it, they actually prefer it, so clearly I’m the one making it a problem. Does that make sense? I’m the one who chooses to get stressed because I want something to be what it isn’t. If I can just be more accepting, then poof… Stress Be Gone.
Timber Hawkeye


Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
 
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, 
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. 
Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” 
–Mahatma Gandhi
 
“Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.” –Spanish proverb
 
You may encounter many defeats,
but you must not be defeated.
MAYA ANGELOU
 
“Better the foot slip than the tongue. ” 
–French Proverb
 
There is no large and difficult task that can’t be divided into little easy tasks.
Anonymous

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