The big book of AA suggests that we choose our own conception of God. That approach was really comforting to me since most of my life I was told “Believe what we tell you, or burn in hell.” The Problem I see in the world today is that a lot of people believe there is a God, but they have no actual conception of what that means. What is God? What does He want from me? How does He want me to think, feel & act? We seem to have gone from being force fed a conception of God, to not having a conception at all… which tends to be equally ineffective. The goal for today: take a minute to ask yourself what the word “God” means to you, because it is “your” belief that defines your life! Have a great day everybody!
“Sometimes good is the enemy of the best” ~Anon. Sure, any job is better than no job… but I want to do something I love. Any relationship seems better than being alone… but I want the relationship that makes both parties supremely happy. I guess being kinda free is better than being a slave… but we should pursue our God given right to true happiness, peace & freedom. The point is, when we settle for “good enough” we deny ourselves & others of something better. The goal for today: don’t be selfish & greedy, but don’t fall into the trap of comfortable complacency either; go out & get that “more abundant life” that Rightfully belongs to you! Have a great day everybody!
Imagine how simple life might be if there was only one solution to any & all problems… & we all agreed on it. Imagine if there was only one way to fix a relationship problem, a money problem, or a self-esteem problem. What if we could solve our violence, racism & addiction problems all in one fowl swoop. How cool would it be if there was a simple solution to all of our mental, emotional & physical health issues. What about our economic, social & religious disputes; how nice would it be to resolve some of those issues. And here it is: Do the Right thing, for the Right reason (Purity)… tell yourself & others the truth (Honesty)… give freely of yourself to others (Unselfishness)… & love unconditionally (Love). The goal for today: know that there is a simple solution to ALL of our problems! Have a great day everybody!
“When God wants you to grow, He makes you uncomfortable” ~Idk. I’m not a big fan of sayings like this because they lead me to believe that God causes negative things (like discomfort) to happen to me. God is a purely positive force & it’s important that we don’t blame Him for negatives because that will either destroy our faith or lead us to believe that negatives are good. I hated God when I believed He was causing bad things to happen to me to teach me a lesson. God is the solution to our problems… not the cause of them! The goal for today: know that your discomfort is coming from your fear… not God; God gives us the peace & comfort required to overcome the problem! Have a great day everybody!
“We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery & depression” ~Anon. If you have any or all of these problems… there is a simple solution. These problems are actually brought about by self-centered fear & therefore, they can only be solved by a genuine concern for the welfare of others. I know this for certain because I have had all of these problems & I utilize this solution every time I experience them… & it works every time I do it. The goal for today: help others, for their sake (not your own)… & watch your problems begin to disappear! Have a great day everybody!
“In His will is our peace” ~Dante. I believe that Gods will is always to “give” Love. That being said… my friend had surgery yesterday & the medical staff was impressed with how calm she was leading up to the procedure. As she was explaining everything, the above quote came to mind because her focus was on being lighthearted & giving Love. She explained how in the past her fear & anxiety would steal her peace & she might be mean to the staff because she was afraid & that would make them a bit tense & it was uncomfortable all around. The goal for today: don’t take… simply give Love & you will get peace! Have a great day everybody!
Every problem that I have ever listened to has the fear of being alone buried in it somewhere. I’m not a mind reader, but I’ve learned how to listen, and the more I listen… the more I hear the fear of being alone at the very core of all of our problems. I believe we were created & sent here specifically to learn how to GIVE Love & the fear of being alone causes us to try to GET Love & that causes all human problems. It’s hard to see sometimes but I guarantee, if you dig deep enough, it is there. The goal for today: spot, admit & correct the fear of being alone that is robbing you of your Happiness, Peace & Freedom! Have a great day everybody!