Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday 11/23 - QUOTES AND THOUGHTS


"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.

Prayer Girl

8 comments:

AlkySeltzer said...

I love it--pooch looks like he's 'listening'. Maybe he IS!

Breath in your nostrils.

Shadow said...

thank you, i look for it every day. and surprisingly, when one looks, one finds....

this one's my favourite: "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

Syd said...

Thanks for this reminder today. I'm warm and happy on this Sunday and with the person that I love. It's all good.

Gabriella Moonlight said...

My mother was good at reminding to "seek and ye shall find" and I believe this to be true, that what I seek is what I have today, which is much gratitude for all that is! Thank you for this post!
G~*

Zanejabbers said...

Cute puppy and great words.

Faith said...

*hugs!*

Trailboss said...

Oh my gosh! What a precious boxer puppy. Look at his/her little pointed head. Can I have him? I will give him a good home!

Cat said...

This is wonderful I just love learning from others!

Cat