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Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
6:04 am
Advent Approaches
As I look out the window I see the trees. Their trunks, limbs
and branches are bare. They look really beautiful against the
clear sky, so different from when they are hidden by all the
leaves.

Early In December, we remembering our
dead, particularly those who died in the past year. And I think
that one day I will appear before the Lord with all my leaves
gone, all those things that hide me from myself and from others.
Just the bare me. I hope the Lord will see some beauty in me
also.

This thought reminds me to repent and prepare for that
meeting. That's one of the things Advent is for. Advent ends with
our commemoration of the birth of our Lord.

That's where my hope is, in his coming. I trust that's where your hope
is also.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
7:10 am
Better Than Biscuits
One Sunday morning at a small southern church, the new pastor called on one of his older deacons to lead in the opening prayer.

The deacon stood up, bowed his head and said, "Lord, I hate buttermilk."

The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going.

The deacon continued, "Lord, I hate lard."

Now the pastor was totally perplexed.

The deacon continued, "Lord, I ain't too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix 'em all together and bake 'em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits."

He paused, "Lord help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don't like, whenever we don't understand what You are doing, that we need to wait and see what You are making.

After you get through mixing and baking, it'll probably be something even better than biscuits." Amen.

Therese Brennan
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
6:56 am
A Secular Christmas
*Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*

*Why the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*

*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
*December 25th is just a "Holiday".*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*

*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd!*
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*

*As Targets are hanging their trees upside down *
*At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*

*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!*

*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
*Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*

*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree"*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*

*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!*_
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
5:05 am
You Have All The Answers Within You
When you realize that you always have the answers within yourself, you can stop searching outside of yourself.

Many of us seek the answers to life's questions by looking outside of ourselves and trying to glean advice from the people around us. But as each of us is unique, with our own personal histories, our own sense of right and wrong, and our own way of experiencing the world that defines our realities, looking to others for our answers is only partially helpful. The answers to our personal questions can be most often found by looking within. When you realize that you always have access to the part of you that always knows what you need and is meant to act as your inner compass, you can stop searching outside of yourself. If you can learn to hear, trust, and embrace the wisdom that lives within you, you will be able to confidently navigate your life. 

Trusting your inner wisdom may be awkward at first, particularly if you grew up around people who taught you to look to others for answers. We each have exclusive access to our inner knowing. All we have to do is remember how to listen. Remember to be patient as you relearn how to hear, receive, and follow your own guidance. If you are unsure about whether following your inner wisdom will prove reliable, you may want to think of a time when you did trust your own knowing and everything worked out. Recall how the answers came to you, how they felt in your body as you considered them, and what happened when you acted upon this guidance. Now, recall a time when you didn't trust yourself and the results didn't work out as you had hoped. Trusting your own guidance can help you avoid going against what you instinctively know is right for you. 

When you second guess yourself and go against what you know to be your truth, you can easily go off course because you are no longer following your inner compass. By looking inside yourself for the answers to your life's questions, you are consulting your best guide. Only you can know the how's and why's of your life. The answers that you seek can be found when you start answering your own questions.

By Madisyn Taylor of the Daily OM
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
1:41 am
Ants and Bees - A Metaphor
We can learn a lot from watching ants and bees living in community and working for the greater good.

When we see ants and bees out in the world, we often see just one, but this belies the reality of their situation. More than any other species, ants and bees function as parts of a whole. They cannot and do not survive as individuals; they survive as members of a group, and the group's survival is the implicit goal of each individual's life. There is no concept of life outside the group, so even to use the word individual is somewhat misleading. Often, humans, on the other hand, strongly value individuality and often negatively associate ants and bees with a lack of independence. And yet, if we look closer at these amazing creatures, we can learn valuable lessons about how much we can achieve when we band together with others to work for a higher purpose. 

Most ants and bees have highly specified roles within their communities, some of which are biologically dictated, and they work within the confines of their roles without complaint, never wishing to be something other than what they are. In this way, they symbolize self-knowledge and humility. They also display selfless service as they work for the common good. In many ways, they are like the individual cells of one body, living and dying as necessary to preserve the integrity of the whole body, not to protect themselves as individuals. In this way, ants personify the ability to see beyond one's small self to one's place within the greater whole, and the ability to serve this whole selflessly. 

Ants and bees can inspire us to fully own what we have to offer and to put it to use in the pursuit of a goal that will benefit all of humanity, whether it be raising consciousness about the environment, feeding the hungry, or raising a happy child. Each one of us has certain talents we were born with, as well as skills we have acquired. When we apply these gifts, knowing that we are one part of a greater organism working to better the whole world, we honor and implement the wisdom of ants and bees.

By Madisyn Taylor of the Daily OM
Monday, November 28th, 2016
5:37 am
Habitual Anger
Anger can easily become our go-to emotion; to remedy, start noticing when and why you get angry.

Sometimes when we feel anger, it is coming from a deep place that demands acknowledgment and expression. At these times, it is important that we find healthy ways to honor our anger, remembering how dangerous it is to repress it. However, anger can also become a habit, our go-to emotion whenever things go wrong. Often this is because, for whatever reason, we feel more comfortable expressing anger than we do other emotions, like sadness. It can also be that getting angry gives us the impression that we've done something about our problem. In these cases, our habitual anger is inhibiting both our ability to express our other emotions and to take action in our lives. 

If it's true that anger is functioning this way in your life, the first thing you might want to try is to notice when you get angry. You might begin to see a pattern of some kind. For example, you could notice that it is always your first response or that it comes up a lot in one particular situation. If the pattern doesn't become clear right away, you could try keeping a journal about when you get angry and see if you can find any underlying meaning. The good thing about keeping a journal is that you can explore your anger more deeply in it--from examining who in your family of origin expressed a lot of anger to how you feel when you encounter anger in others. This kind of awareness can be a formidable agent of transformation. 

Anger can be a powerful ally since it is filled with energy that we can harness and use to create change in the world. It is one of the most cathartic emotions, and it can also be a very effective cleanser of the emotional system. However, when it becomes a habit, it actually loses its power to transform and becomes an obstacle to growth. Identifying the role anger plays in your life and restoring it to its proper function can bring new energy and expansiveness to your emotional life.

By Madisyn Taylor of the Daily OM
Sunday, November 27th, 2016
5:27 am
Being Ready For Christmas
Many of us arrive at Christmas tired, running, distracted, and already fatigued with the lights, songs, and celebrations of Christmas.

Advent is meant to be a time of preparation for Christmas; but for many of us it is not exactly a time for the kind of preparation that enables Christ be born more deeply in our lives. Instead our preparation for Christmas is mostly a time of making ready to celebrate with our families, friends, and colleagues.

The end result is that, like the biblical innkeepers who had no room for Mary and Joseph at the first Christmas, we generally arrive at Christmas with “no room at the inn”, no space in our lives for a spiritual rebirth.  Our hearts are good, we want Christmas to renew us spiritually, but our lives are too pressured, too full of activity and tiredness, for us to have any real energy to make Christmas a special time of spiritual renewal for ourselves. The spirit of Christmas is still in us, real, but lying like a neglected baby in the straw waiting to be picked up. And we do intend to pick up the baby, but simply never get around to it.

Everyone struggles with this in some fashion. No one is perfect; no one gives a full place in his or her life to Christ, even at Christmas time. That should bring us some consolation. But it should also leave us with a pressing challenge: There is too little room for Christ in our busy, distracted lives! We must work at clearing some space for Christ, at making Christmas a time of spiritual refreshment and renewal in our lives.

But being ready for Christmas, getting everything we need to do done on time, does not depend upon getting everything neatly checked off on our to-do list: gifts, done; cards, done; decorations, done; food, ready; the requisite number of social obligations, completed. Even if that list is only half done, if you find yourself in church at Christmas, if you find yourself at table with your family on Christmas day, and if you find yourself greeting your neighbors and colleagues with a little more warmth, then it doesn’t matter if you are distracted, tired, over-fed, and not thinking explicitly about Jesus, you’ve made it.

Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI
Saturday, November 26th, 2016
4:14 am
Gratitude
I believe the one important imperative to happy, permanent, effective sobriety for any A.A. member is the simple virtue of gratitude. Gratitude is the memory of the heart – that quality which enables a man to double his Fortune by sharing it with his brother. It is the golden tray on which we give to man the things we have received from God.

The measure of a good A.A. lies not in what he knows but what he does. Not in how he thinks, but how he feels. The assessment of a good A.A. is made not in the brilliance of his mind, but in the charity of his heart. His stature in not gauged by how high he will reach to receive, but how low he will stoop to serve.

A good A.A. is thankful not only for what he has got, but he is grateful for what he can give. He strives not for cleverness but for wisdom. He would rather be right than popular. A good A.A. uses not the toughness of his mind but the gentleness of his touch in bringing hope to the sick alcoholic. For he knows that if ever the lamp of his charity burns dim, the light of another alcoholic may go out forever.

We who, when we came into A.A., not trusted by man in the most trivial affairs of life, now are trusted by God in one of the most important missions on earth – trusted by Him to preserve and pass on this mighty miracle of sobriety to the alcoholic who still suffers.



By Austin Ripley
Friday, November 25th, 2016
5:52 am
A Reflection On Gratitude
The art of thanksgiving is thanksgiving.

It is gratitude in action.

It is applying Albert Schweitzer’s philosophy:
‘In gratitude for your own good fortune you
must render in return some sacrifice of
your own life for other life.’

It is thanking God for the gift of life
by living it triumphantly.


It is thanking God for your talents and
abilities by accepting them as obligations
To be invested for the common good.

It is thanking God for all that men and women
have done for you by doing things for others.

It is thanking God for opportunities by
accepting them as a challenge to
achievement.

It is thanking God for happiness
by striving to make others happy.

It is thanking God for beauty by helping to
make the world more beautiful.

It is thanking God for inspiration by trying
to be an inspiration for others.

It is thanking God for health and strength
by the care and reverence you show
your body.

It is thanking God for the creative ideas that
enrich life by adding your own creative
contributions to human progress.

It is thanking God for each day by
living it to the fullest.

It is thanking God by giving hands, arms,
legs, and voice to your thankful spirit.

It is adding to your prayers of Thanksgiving, acts of thanksgiving.


- Wilferd Peterson
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
6:52 am
Thanking God
I want to thank you, God, for what you have done for me. I’m not going to wait to see the results I want or to receive rewards I’d like. I’m thanking you right now.
I’m not going to wait until I feel better or until things look better. I’m thanking you right now.
I’m not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop doing what they’re doing. I’m thanking you right now.
I’m not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears. I’m thanking you right now.
I’m not waiting until my financial situation is better. I’m thanking you right now.
I’m not going to wait until my world is quiet and peaceful. I’m thanking you right now.
I’m not going to wait until I get the job I want or the promotion I’d like. I’m thanking you right now.
I’m not going to wait until I understand every situation and experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief. I’m going to thank you right now.
I’m not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed. I’m thanking you right now.
I’m thanking you because I’m alive.
I’m thanking you because I made it through another day.
I’m thanking you because I have walked around difficult obstacles.
I’m thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and to do better.
I’m thanking you because you have not given up on me.
God is so good – in so many ways – all the time.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
4:19 am
Living Gratefully Is Hard
This is the season for "Thanks" here in America, isn't it? In 2 days we will be celebrating our national holiday of Thanksgiving. People will be gathering all over the country reminding each other of all the things for which they are thankful in their lives.

The problem with that is; that not everyone is in a thankful mood. There are many, many people who have had to deal with tragedy and loss. They are dealing with the loss of family members, the loss of friends, the loss of jobs, the loss of homes, cars, and things that cannot be replaced. Some of us despair over the condition of our county and the loss of moral values in our government and our society in general.

Sometimes it is difficult to "Be Grateful," in general; much less live gratefully all of the time. How do we cope? How do we not read the words of Paul in Philippians 4:4, where he says: "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice," and not, at times, feel resentment?

Are we wrong to feel discouraged?
Are we wrong not to go around smiling and laughing all the time?

Honestly; I don't think we are wrong for having emotions and feelings which are not always in line with rejoicing. We often see Jesus as he is weighed down with the unbelief of the Jewish nation sorrowing and weeping. If you are human, then sometimes you are going to hurt.

I believe that, even though he wrote the words above, the apostle Paul sometimes had trouble rejoicing "Always". How many times did he chastise those who hurt the cause of Christ? 

How often did he warn that judgment is coming to those who fail to hold onto their faith and serve Satan? 
Really, do you think he rejoiced in doing that?
I don't!

I believe that the point Paul was making is that we must never lose sight of the promise of our hope in the future. Yes, sometimes it's difficult to rejoice or to be thankful, but that is only until we remind ourselves that this world is only temporary and that all losses on earth don't really matter eternally. Our life is more than just the daily grind, pain and loss we suffer here; it is the hope for the future in which we rejoice! When I remember that, I honestly can rejoice always (or in all ways), because I remember the eternal promise of God.

Russ Lawson, Messages From The Heart
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
3:51 am
Truth
Science is no longer, nor should it ever have been, our enemy; instead quantum physics, biology, and other academic disciplines are revealing that science is our new and excellent partner, much better than philosophy ever was. Truth is One. If something is spiritually true, it will also be true in the physical world, and all disciplines and all religions will somehow be looking at this “one truth” from different angles, goals, assumptions, and vocabulary. If we are really convinced that we have the Big Truth, then we should also be able to trust that others will see it from their different angles—or it is not the Big Truth.

No one wants to be our enemy unless they assume that we ourselves have chosen to live in our own small tent and cannot or do not want to talk to them on their terms. Christians have too often assumed ill will and been far too eager to create enemies instead of realizing that others often enjoyed very similar “good news” inside of different packaging.

As my colleague and fellow Living School teacher Cynthia Bourgeault says, “We begin to discover that our Buddhist and Jewish and Islamic and Hindu friends are not competitors. Religion is not a survival of the fittest. There is a deep understanding that we all swim together or we sink together. Each religious tradition reveals a color of the heart of God that is precious.” [1]

Big Truth is written in reality itself before it was ever written in books. If you say yes to Reality, to “what is,” you will recognize the same truth when it shows itself in anyone’s sacred scriptures. If you do not respond to the “good, the true, and the beautiful” (the three qualities of being) in daily reality, I doubt if you will ever see it in the best Bible translation in the world. If it is the truth, it is true all the time and everywhere, and sincere lovers of truth will take it from wherever it comes. If it is true, it is common domain, and “there for the mind to see in the things that God has made” (Romans 1:20). Or, as Aquinas was fond of saying, quoting Ambrose (another Doctor of the Church), “If it’s true, it is always from the one Holy Spirit.” [2] The important question is not, “Who said it?” but, “Is it true?”

Fr Richard Rohr, OFM
Monday, November 21st, 2016
6:45 am
Gratitude
“Gratitude is a fruit of a great civilization – you do not find it among gross people” – Samuel Johnson.

Samuel Johnson’s quote could easily have been written about this site. The attitude of gratitude is an absolutely crucial tool to successful recovery. Gratitude is the measure of our appreciation for what we’ve been given. We in Program have SO much for which to be thankful. We stand on the shoulders of giants – we are indebted to those members who’ve preceded us in Program and handed down the tools, wisdom and resources – the bedrock upon which our recovery is based we are indebted to our HP, our sponsors, to those who do service innumerable ways at ITR and – to each other = for mutual love and support – and for our precious gift of recovery. I am grateful for each day, for each moment.

One Day at a Time … I will continue to practice the attitude of gratitude and learn to forgive others.
Sunday, November 20th, 2016
7:11 am
Psalm 105
Psalm 105
- from Psalms / Now – by Leslie F. Brandt and Corita Kent

How great is my God,
and how I love to sing God’s Praises.
Whereas I am often frightened
when I think about the future,
and confused and disturbed
by the rapidly changing events about me,
my heart is secured and made glad
when I remember how God has cared for me
throughout the past.

When I was brought forth form my mother’s womb,
God’s hand was upon me.
Through parents and people who cared,
God loved and sheltered me
and set me on the course for my life.
Through illness and accident
my God has sustained me.
Around pitfalls and precipices
God has safely led me.

When I became rebellious
and struck out on my own
God waited patiently for me to return.
When I fell on my face in weakness and failure,
God gently set me on my feet again.
God did not always prevent me from hurting myself,
but always took me back to heal my wounds.
Even out of the broken pieces of my defeats
God created a vessel of beauty and usefulness.

Through trials and errors, failures and successes,
my God has cared for me.
From Infancy to adulthood
God has never let me go.
God’s love has led me – or followed me –
through the valleys of sorrow
and the highlands of joy,
through times of want
and years of abundance.
God has bridged impassible rivers
and moved impossible mountains.
Sometimes through me
sometimes in spite of me,
God seeks to accomplish the purposes of my life.

God has kept me through the stormy past,
and will secure and guide me
through the perilous future.
I need never be afraid,
no matter how uncertain
the months and years ahead of me.
How great is my God,
and how I love to sing God’s praises.
Saturday, November 19th, 2016
4:59 am
Not Forever
Most of us are no longer sure what we want to be doing a year or even a month from now. When we are called upon to make decisions, any decision that commits us to a certain path in the future, we shudder. Will we be allowed to change our minds.

What a change this is from earlier years. Many of us led very controlled lives. We felt safest when we knew exactly what we were going to do. We liked it best when we were able to control others' lives too, even though we failed at that much of the time.

Although we may have responsibilities at work and at home, we are so much freer now. And we can decide, moment-by-moment, what we need to do for ourselves. At first it feels irresponsible, not being responsible for everyone, changing our minds when we need to. However, we will grow into this new way of living. And we'll love it!

My decisions today will be for this day only. I can change my mind tomorrow.

From – “A Life of My Own” by Karen Casey
Friday, November 18th, 2016
2:01 am
Being Human
“Overcoming denial means intentionally and fully knowing oneself as a human being - warts and all. Being human means that you aren't everything you want to be - or everything you think you are - good or bad. Being human means that your thinking is sometimes irrational. It also means that everyday you have thoughts you would not like to have shared with people around you. Being human means that you live in a body which might not be perfect and sometimes has pain and is getting older and probably is not in the same shape as what you see on TV and movies. Being human means you might not always have the kind of attitude you'd like to have. Being human means that you have those messy human feelings you wish would go away. Having feelings means that you sometimes make decisions based on feelings which aren't always in your best interest and sometimes hurt you and hurt people you love. Being human means that you can't do it alone - you need support. Being human also means that you are a child of Creation. A Loving God formed you and loves you as you are. Being human means that you are a spiritual being living in a physical body. Being human means that you are BOTH good and bad, BOTH saint and sinner, BOTH loving and selfish. Being human means that you have BOTH pain and pleasure. Being human means that you have needs that you can't always meet. Being human means that you are NOT in control.

”Being human isn’t all negative. We are each gifted with mind and heart and wonderful senses to enjoy the world and to serve one another. We are all gifted and talented in tremendous ways – unique to us in a world filled with wonder. We each have many strengths in addition to any flaws we may have. We are made for great joy. God gave us a world filled with beauty and with pleasure. Being a good Christian doesn’t mean we avoid all pleasure. But that we accept it with grateful hearts. Jesus came that we would enjoy like abundantly. There is a line in the sacred book of the Jews, the Talmud, that we will be responsible for all the pleasures of the world.

”Jesus didn’t become a man to make us into gods. He came to help us be better as humans.”

Bob Martin
Thursday, November 17th, 2016
5:57 am
Hearing The Whisper
There is beauty and power when we listen to the whisper.

You may have noticed that if you want to speak to someone in a noisy, crowded room, the best thing to do is lean close and whisper. Yelling in an attempt to be louder than the room's noise generally only hurts your throat and adds to the chaos. Similarly, that still, small voice within each of us does not try to compete with the mental chatter on the surface of our minds, nor does it attempt to overpower the volume of the raucous world outside. If we want to hear it, no matter what is going on around us or even inside us, we can always tune in to that soft voice underneath the surrounding noise.

It is generally true that the more insistent voices in our heads delivering messages that make us feel panicky or afraid are of questionable authority. They may be voices we internalized from childhood or from the culture, and as such they possess only half-truths. Their urgency stems from their disconnectedness from the center of our being, and their urgency is what catches our attention. The other voice that whispers reassurances that everything is fundamentally okay simply delivers its message with quiet confidence. Once we hear it, we know it speaks the truth. Generally, once we have heard what it has to say, a powerful sense of calm settles over our entire being, and the other voices and sounds, once so dominant, fade into the background, suddenly seeming small and far away.

We may find that our own communications in the world begin to be influenced by the quiet certainty of this voice. We may be less inclined to indulge in idle chatter as we become more interested in maintaining our connection to the whisper of truth that broadcasts its message like the sound of the wind shaking the leaves of a tree. As we align ourselves more with this quiet confidence, we become an extension of the whisper, penetrating the noise of the world and creating more peace, trust, and confidence.

By Madisyn Taylor of the Daily OM
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
2:52 am
Always In A Hurry
Perhaps more than anything else, haste and hurry prevent us from being good Samaritans.

We know this from our own experience. Our struggle to give proper time to family, prayer, and helping others has mainly to do with time. We’re invariably too busy, too pressured, too hurried, too driven, to stop and help.

A writer that I know confesses that when she comes to die what she will regret most about her life is not the times she broke a commandment, but the many times she stepped over her own children on her way to her den to write.

I know this all too well, of course, from my own experience.  I am forever pressured, forever in a hurry, forever over-extended, and forever stepping over all kinds of things that call for my attention on my way to work. As a priest, I can rationalize this by pointing to the importance of the ministry. Ministry is meant to conscript us beyond our own agenda, but deeper down, I know that much of this is a rationalization. 

It’s no accident that virtually all of the classical spiritual writers, warn about the dangers of overwork.  Indeed, the dangers of haste and hurry are already written into the very first page of scripture where God invites us to make sure to keep proper Sabbath. When we are in a hurry we see little beyond our own agenda.

The positive side to haste and hurry is that they are, perhaps, the opposite of acedia. The driven-person who is always in a hurry at least isn’t constantly struggling to get through the morning to the lunch hour. She always has a purpose.

As well, haste and hurry can help make for a productive individual who is affirmed and admired for what he does, even as he is stepping over his own children to get to his workplace.  I know this too: I get a lot of affirmation for my work, even as I have to admit that pressure and hurry prevent me much of the time from being a Good Samaritan.

Haste makes waste, so goes the saying. It also makes for a spiritual and a human blindness that can severely limit our compassion.

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
5:58 am
One Day At A Time
Taking one step at a time makes life much easier to navigate rather than always looking at the big picture.

The years of our life do not arrive all at once; they greet us day by day. With the descent of each setting sun, we are able to rest our heads and let the world take care of itself for a while. We may rest assured throughout the night, knowing that the dawn will bring with it a chance to meet our lives anew, donning fresh perspectives and dream-inspired hopes. The hours that follow, before we return to sleep once more, are for us to decide how we want to live and learn, laugh and grow. Our lives are sweeter and more manageable because we must experience them this way: one day at a time.

Imagine the future stretching out before you and try to notice if you feel any tension or overwhelm at the prospect of the journey still to come. Perhaps you have recently made a lifestyle change, like beginning a new diet or quitting smoking, and the idea of continuing this healthy new behavior for years seems daunting. Maybe you have started a new job or are newly married and can feel an undercurrent of anxiety about your ability to succeed. If you can shift your focus from what may happen years down the line and return it to the day that is before you right now, you may find a measure of calm and renewed confidence in your capabilities. You may also discover an inner faith that the future will take care of itself.

The way we show up for our lives today and tomorrow has an enormous effect on who we will be and what we will be experiencing years from now. If we can remain fully engaged in the day at hand, enjoying all it has to offer and putting our energy into making the most of it, we will find that we are perfectly ready and capable to handle any future when it arrives.

By Madisyn Taylor of the Daily OM
Monday, November 14th, 2016
5:18 am
Recovery Does!
Recovery Does not mean life is over – Addiction Does
Recovery does not mean you have to be miserable – Addiction Does
Recovery does not mean you cannot have fun – Addiction Does
Recovery does not turn you into a liar or a thief – Addiction Does
Recovery does not make false promises – Addiction Does
Recovery does not center on abusive relationship – Addiction Does
Recovery does not strengthen through Fear and Anger – Addiction Does
Recovery does not isolate – Addiction Does
Recovery does not encourage risky behaviors – Addiction Does
Recovery does not eat away at your soul – Addiction Does
Recovery does not leave you morally, financially, emotionally and Spiritually bankrupt –
Addiction Does
Addiction does not give you a second chance – Recovery Does
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