"QUOTES AND THOUGHTS"
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
- - - Leo Tolstoy
I've learned the ONLY person I can change is myself. This simple truth has meant freedom to me. I no longer frustrate myself trying to change you and find satisfaction in allowing God to change me.
"I am an idealist. I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way."
- - - Carl Sandburg
I don't know "exactly" where I am going, but I know the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous will take me there, and I know the destination will be a spiritual experience.
"If you would be loved, love and be lovable."
- - - Benjamin Franklin
What goes around comes around. The more I give away, the more I get. Love, compassion, and empathy can soften another person's heart.
"Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is nothing more unyielding and relentless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than truth."
- - - William C. Redfield
I so wanted my fantasies to be reality, but they weren't. My unwillingness to face life on life's terms nearly destroyed me. When I worked the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, I discovered the truth and the truth set me free.
"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you."
- - - Robert Louis Stevenson
I have learned to enjoy and appreciate the simple, God-given pleasures of life. I remember so often in early sobriety hearing people say they learned to stop and smell the roses. Over the years, my mind has stopped it's constant spinning and I have found the ability to see the beauty around me and experience the joy of living.
I pray that all of you who read this blog see the beauty around them and experience the joy that is in this present moment.