I was recently told a tragic story. A story about the death of a child, a family crushed by grief, and a guilty conscience with only one hope for healing. A child was lost to a medical mishap, a father blames himself and deeply resents the attendee. At the same time every year this family is destroyed again by the memory of this tragedy; the other children have been robbed of their opportunity to be happy; and a young nurse lives every second of every day in guilt and shame over their mistake. How can such a terrible situation ever be overcome? The answer is singular, pointed, and profoundly powerful! It is a one word answer… and it is undeniably the ONLY way! That one word is Forgiveness. The goal for today: forgive them that have brought you pain, forgive yourself, forgive everyone… and set every living soul free! Have a great day everybody!
About 15 years ago, when my life was falling apart, I gave myself the “change or die” ultimatum. I chose “change” & immediately set out on a mission to find out what exactly needed to change… how exactly to make that change… & how exactly to make that change stick. I happened upon this 600 page book that really appealed to me & made sense to me. I read it & reread it, I studied it, analyzed it, read it with others, practiced the things it said to… & at the end of my so called “over-analysis”… I found that every word, in every sentence, on every page, in every chapter, all lead to this one simple instruction; stop being selfish! The goal for today: Altruism… or the unselfish concern for the welfare of others! Have a great day everybody!
Our father (not our slave master), which art in heaven (not in earth), hallowed be Thy name (He is all or nothing.) Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven (it’s our job to manifest God’s will here in earth). Give us this day our daily bread (are basic needs will be met if we do His work well), and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us (not forgive me & maybe I will forgive others later). And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (self-will leads to evil & temptation… God’s will will never lead us anywhere other than heaven). The goal for today: I’m gonna try to live the prayer… not just recite it! Have a great day everybody! Happy Father’s Day!
The 4th step of A.A. is about taking a “searching & fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” And in the beginning, it was the “of ourselves” part that I had the most trouble with. I had mastered the art of taking everybody else’s inventory. I was highly proficient in pointing out everyone’s mistakes except my own. Finding fault with everyone except myself taught me 2 things: 1) Pointing out your mistakes doesn’t correct mine. 2) Nothing is more freeing or liberating than admitting that “I” am my biggest problem. The goal for today: search fearlessly for my own mistakes… & be understanding & forgiving in regards to the mistakes of others! Have a great day everybody!
I want you to feel loved today, so I am going to share with you the secret to feeling loved that I have found. I have searched high & low… near & far. I have searched in churches, schools & social circles. I have tried to get the feeling from people, places & things. Every time I would get a slight feeling of it, I would try to hoard it, contain it & hang onto it. But now I have finally found the secret! It is an ancient secret, a complex equation, a paradoxical event, a mystery for the ages… a riddle seldom solved. And after all of that, here is the secret to feeling loved… GIVE IT! The goal for today: stop trying to get love… give it & see what real Love feels like! Have a great day everybody!
If there is a God… would He want me to act out of fear or Purity? If there is a God… would He prefer that I be dishonest or Honest? If there is a God… how would He want me to live, selfishly or Unselfishly? If there is a God… would He have me fill my heart with resentment or Love? I’m pretty sure that we all know what the Right answers are to all of these questions… & it might be time for us all to start trying our best to live by them. The goal for today: let God remove your fear… tell yourself & others the Truth… care more about others than you do yourself… & top it all off with Love, understanding & forgiveness. Why? Because it’s the Right thing to do! Have a great day everybody!
Fear is not normal & natural, it’s not human nature… it is a learned trait & therefore, it can be unlearned. Babies aren’t born afraid… they aren’t embarrassed or afraid to be naked or to need help. They don’t come out of the womb thinking things like “What if these people don’t like me?” or “what if I’m not good enough?” Babies enter into the world as Pure Love… & that’s why when Jesus was asked “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” he replied… “The little children.” The goal for today: we need to work on getting back to our real roots, our true human nature; we need to get back to Purity of motives, internal Honesty, absolute Unselfishness & unconditional Love! Have a great day everybody!