Half Empty or Half Full?
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities…always see them, for they’re always there. ~Norman Vincent Peale~
All situations contain an opportunity to gain something good. You may not always be able to see right away what good could possibly come of it, but something wonderful and magical happens when you always look for the positive attributes in every situation…you find them!
Thought for the day
We who have been in recovery for a while (old-timers as we are described) know that it is very difficult to see the benefit of attending a 12 step fellowship when we first walk through the doors. How do we know? Because we were there, belittling the individuals we met in 12 step rooms, trying to separate ourselves from all those who were really sick! Not understanding the benefits of a life lived in recovery, we often wondered, during the early stages of sobriety, what possible benefit we could receive from being in a room full of sick people. We heard God spoken about but often wondered how he fit into the picture. We expected to understand through our deep thinking. We seemed to have forgotten that it was exactly our best thinking that made a mess of our lives in the first place.
Even the brightest among us have such little minds that we cannot even partly understand God’s ways. Instead of trying to figure out this or that, why don’t we simply give up the quest for our own intellectual truths and be open to receive the heart knowledge that comes from simple spiritual listening. After all…our best intellectual gyrations (thinking) got us to allow addictive behavior to become the reason for our existence.
The eighteen inches separating our thought life from our heart (spiritual life) is the longest road you will ever have to travel…Ask your sponsor to help you get started on the journey.
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. ~Mark 10:27~
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. ~Mark 9:23~
Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:35, 37-39 (Amp)~