repost---03--01--2017===ITR--SOP??? Generosity

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March 24

Reason

'For here we are not afraid to follow wherever it may lead, or to tolerate error so long as reason is free to combat it.' Thomas Jefferson

As an alcoholic, I was often afraid to challenge the thinking and ideas of other people. My peoplepleasing demanded peace at any price.Yet I did not agree with so much of what I heard, read, and practiced. Now I see that my attitude and behavior-along with my alcohol consumption-kept me sick. In my spiritual program, I am free to reject, consider, and have my own opinions in life. I do not have to agree with everything that is said. In this way, I am discovering my value and self-esteem.

Lord, I am grateful for the freedom to cooperate.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 23

Energy

Today I will stop and ask, 'How important is it?' When I find myself defending or trying to prove my point, I am in the process of learning to trust my own truth. When it feels right inside, I am seeing that it is all I need. - Ruth Fishel

So much energy is wasted when we try and win an argument, insist on providing our point, or try to convince the other person we are right. And when energy is depleted in this way, we certainly are not happy. Take a few moments and remember what this arguing feels like in your body. Now take a few moments and let your body remember and feel the release of letting go ... of knowing you are right for you and it does not matter what anyone else thinks.

Do you want to be happy or do you want to be right? - Gerald Jampolsky

Time for Joy ©1998 Ruth Fishel. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 22

Genius

'The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.' Arthur Koestler

I need to remember that genius is often simplicity itself. The original thought need not be abstract, intellectual, or technical; thoughts exist to transmit the message. In the slogans 'Keep It Simple,' 'One Day at a Time,' and 'Don't Pick Up the First Drink,' wisdom combines with simplicity to produce sobriety. God is at work everywhere and the spiritual message always brings healing. AA is more than a 'fellowship of genius'; it is Divinity set to a program.What began with a group of alcoholics crosses new frontiers into the healing of the world.

God of Truth,may I always be open and receptive to Your voice.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 21

Service

'No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.' Charles Dickens

As a drunk, I thought the world owed me a living, everyone existed for my employment and service, and the world was waiting for my telephone call. For years, I manipulated people. I was such a good con artist that they often left thanking me! Today part of my spiritual program requires service. I make the coffee, put out the cookies, cook the meal, and invite friends for dinner. I make the telephone call, give the lectures, share in groups, and write articles. My life of service helps keep me sober. I am the message I share, and I do it for me!

Thank You for making me aware of my need to give.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 20

Religion

'We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.' - Jonathan Swift

Religion is a powerful influence in the world, but often the power is negative. It has been used to judge, divide, separate, and control people; rob them of their freedom and creativity; and chain them to creeds and teachings that are not comprehensible. Unfortunately, religion has become dull and lifeless for many people, and God's love is missed. But the power of creative spirituality is always alive in God's world. It unites and frees people so they can be discovered in their individuality. Difference is accepted, choice is respected, and healing is perceived in our ability to love.

May I bring Your gift of spirituality to those who have misplaced it.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 19

Individuality

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss

Being an individual is very hard. I catch myself frequently trying to please the crowd at the expense of saying or doing what I believe is right. This saying of Dr. Seuss is offered to make us think, but it tends to be a generalization. Those who do mind also matter; indeed a life lived without healthy criticism would not be intellectually fertile. Also those who are important to our life are not always going to give us a pass. However, we can't always please everyone, and in our dance in God some people will choose to sit it out!

I am an individual and a member of society.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 18

Pride

There is a paradox in pride: It make some ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so. - Charles Caleb Colton

Pride can be both creative and negative. I have experienced both in my alcoholic life. When I was drinking, pride made me an arrogant fool. I was unrealistic in my demands on myself and others, lost in a fantasy of how I appeared to the outside world. Pride was a mask behind which I hid my feelings. In recovery, I am developing love and respect for myself. I am proud of my achievements and am discovering the 'power' God has given me. My program teaches me to cooperate with God if things are going to happen in my life. Today I am proud of my willingness to associae with the God of truth.

God, Let me always treat pride with respect and be mindful of its destructive attribute.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 17

Honesty

No legacy is so rich as honesty. -William Shakespeare

An honest life is my goal. It is not always easy, usually because I'm afraid that if I'm honest then I will not be accepted. John Powell, a Jesuit, wrote a book that explores this theme: Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? Fear! I'm afraid that if I'm honest, then you will not love me. But if I'm not honest, if I hide in lies and secrets, can you really love me? No, because I'm not there.When I pretend, the real me becomes invisible. You cannot love what you do not know.Dishonesty keepsme anonymous. Hence we need honesty. It is the backdrop to our dance in God.

I seek to live an honest life on a daily basis.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 16

Negativity

'My life has been nothing but a failure.' - Claude Monet

For years, I considered myself a complete failure. I wallowed on my pity pot until it became too painful. Whatever the payoff was, it had dried up. I was left with a rock-bottom pain that forced me to consider the alternative. Astounding! Impossible!How could this ever be? Was I forever to be a victim of alcoholism? 'Not so!' I heard a voice of hope from a recovering alcoholic who had made the change. Slowly, I took steps toward recovery and healing self-esteem. I am only a failure if I consider myself a failure. I am what I create. God requires my cooperation to make miracles. Listening to those in sobriety provides the seeds for my recovery today.

God, the only real failure is not seeing You in my life.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 15

Opinions

'Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.' Thomas Mann

As a result of my sobriety, I have opinions on a great number of subjects.Drugs have a tendency to make insane remarks appear brilliant.Drunks often see themselves as unsung poets or victimized geniuses when they are 'in alcohol.' I did not have opinions when I was drinking but rather a series of chaotic and incoherent reactions. Today I have considered opinions. I am able to think and make decisions. I make a contribution to life and the world in which I live. I am involved. More than this, I have the spiritual confidence to fight for what I believe and speak out my concerns in love. I am alive, and I love it!

Let me always hear the opinions of others but not fail to express my own.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 14

Choice

Choose joy.

Living the Promises ©2013 Jenifer Madson. All rights reserved. Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

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March 13

Laughter

'You grow up the day you have the first real laugh-at yourself.' Ethel Barrymore

Today I can laugh at myself. I do not take myself too seriously. I am beginning to grow. I used to be too serious-having the 'poor me' syndrome and sitting on my pity pot demanding attention. Not only was I terribly unhappy; I was the cause of my unhappiness. One day, a friend listened to my complaints, then began to laugh a real belly laugh. Soon, I began to laugh, too! My attitude was so stupid, selfish, and futile that it demanded laughter to shake me out of it. At that point, I began to grow. Now I laugh at my funny little ways, my ridiculous pretensions, and my grandiose behavior. With laughter comes humility.

God, let me experience the miracle of laughter.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 12

Empathy

'If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.' Maya Angelou

When I was in the presence of my mother, I was always struck by the way she cared for her family, but she also showed empathy with the stranger. My sister is the same.Going shopping with her in the supermarket can take hours because she always finds people to talk with, usually strangers. I'm a little bit the same. I love people. I enjoy speaking at conferences and churches, seeing faces light up with laughter or struggle with a concept they have not heard before. Courage and empathy contribute to the rhythm in life we call love. Say Yes to Your Spirit is essentially about love: love of God, love of self, love of others.

I care because I've been cared for.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 11

Your Talents

DON'T BE SHY, SHOW US WHAT YOU'VE GOT.

Sobriety gives us the chance to nurture and express any of a million talents, for our own development, as well as for the enjoyment of others.

Most of us have way more talent than we give ourselves credit for. Don't be afraid to bring your skills into the light.

Living the Promises ©2013 Jenifer Madson. All rights reserved. Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

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March 10

Acceptance

I feel my entire body unwinding and relaxing as I give up my resistance and struggle. Today I learn to accept life as it comes and learn to flow with it with peace. - Ruth Fishel

Life is what it is. People are who they are. All the wishing and trying and struggling cannot change this. We tried to change things with our addictions and compulsions and obsessions. We tried to make everything the way we wanted it so that we could feel good. We tried to make people do what we wanted them to do so we could be happy. The closer we come to accept what is here ... what is real ... what is true, whether we like it or not, the closer we will be to finding JOY.

A flower falls even though we love it. A weed grows even though we don't love it. - Dogen

Time for Joy ©1998 Ruth Fishel. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 9

Enemies

'The Bible tells us to love our neighbors and also to love our enemies, probably because they are generally the same people.' G. K. Chesterton

My spiritual program makes me look to where I am, rather than where I want to be. I live in the now, rather than the never-never land of tomorrow. To love my world, I seek to understand the people who live in it. This entails acceptance of those who are different from me. I must build bridges rather than barriers. It is easy for me to talk about loving and being concerned for the starving millions while forgetting to love and relate to my coworker or neighbor. I have experience with people who are difficult because I lived with my addicted self for many years. I am the key to my enemies.

Teach me to accept in love those, for today, I do not like.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 8

Goals

It is important to have goals in life. What may not be achieved today can always be achieved tomorrow. -Kien Lam

Say Yes to Your Spirit is always about having a positive and creative attitude in life. And goals point the way to achievements. This book is a case in point. Some years ago I'd written Say Yes to Life, a daily meditation volume for addicts. And then I began to think about family members and friends who were not addicts, but who would benefit from a positive message each day. I had a goal to write this book. If you are reading this book, then you will see that my goal was achieved. And it didn't happen overnight! For nearly a year I set aside some time to write something for each month . . . and the rest is history. - Leo Booth

When I am dancing in God I am still able to focus on my goals.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 7

Nobility

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. -Tom Brokaw

I remember saying some years ago, early in my recovery, that I wanted to be noble. It's not a word that is used very often, and yet, can you really be a spiritual person-saying yes to Spirit-without wanting to be noble? Noble is being honest, humble, patient, kind, accepting, and respectful. It is the strength discovered in a healthy religion. Nobility is involved in our dance in God. It is beyond price. Money is important. It can bring joy, freedom, and education to many people, but the use of money without the ingredient of nobility is dangerous.

I still want to be noble.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 6

Empathy

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. Maya Angelou

When I was in the presence of my mother, I was always struck by the way she cared for her family, but she also showed empathy with the stranger. My sister is the same.Going shopping with her in the supermarket can take hours because she always finds people to talk with, usually strangers. I'm a little bit the same. I love people. I enjoy speaking at conferences and churches, seeing faces light up with laughter or struggle with a concept they have not heard before. Courage and empathy contribute to the rhythm in life we call love. Say Yes to Your Spirit is essentially about love: love of God, love of self, love of others.

I care because I've been cared for.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 5

Hope

The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm. -O. S. Marden

I have a few good friends who are optimists. They always see the good in people. They don't dwell on the painful or negative. They enjoy the moment. Yes, they are people of hope. And because of this Say Yes to Your Spirit attitude, they are happy. They look healthy. Always ready to laugh. Always ready to dance. Hope is an attitude. It can be developed in our lives. It is a style. Also, it is contagious. You catch it from people. Negative people create negativity. Hopeful people create hope. Look and see who are the people in your life. - Leo Booth

My belief in creativity forever brings hope.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 4

Martyrs

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. -Oscar Wilde

When we Say Yes to Your Spirit we recognize that we live in a dangerous and violent world. Today I choose not to give energy to the negative and destructive, but to see that the world as it is, wars and all, is part of living in reality. Crazy exists. People are hurting each other in the name of God. People are creating divisions in the name of God. In the name of God people are being murdered. What am I going to do? Be careful. Judge the actions and not just the words. Don't rush into anything where angels would fear to tread. Dance carefully!

Today I affirm reality in my life.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc

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March 3

Dignity

'To behave with dignity is nothing less than to allow others freely to be themselves.' - Sol Chaneles

Ultimately, only I can be responsible for me. It is impossible for me to live another person's life. It is disrespectful to assume the role of decision maker for another adult. People must have the freedom to grow and be themselves. Dignity is affording people this freedom. Today I see how I continued to keep members of my family sick by taking on responsibilities that were not mine to deal with. I see how I was not treating my family with dignity. I was unintentionally withholding honor from those I loved. People, especially family members, must be given the freedom to express their hurts. They have a responsibility to deal with their pain because it is theirs!

I pray that I may treat others with the dignity I desire in my own life.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 2

Acceptance

'All things are woven together and the common bond is sacred . . . for they have been arranged together in their places and together make the same Universe.' -Marcus Aurelius

I said I was a nonviolent drunk. Today I am able to see I was sarcastic and verbally violent, and this was no less painful or destructive to the victim. A target for my anger and venom was the faith and beliefs of others, especially when those differed radically from my own. My alcoholism made me a prejudiced and bigoted person, a prisoner of my arrogance. My sobriety teaches me to be accepting and tolerant of the views and opinions of others. A spirituality that embraces everyone, rather than a narrow and restrictive religion, is my prescription for life. I have exchanged bigotry for freedom, and I am happy in God's world. - Leo Booth

May my acceptance of others, regardless of culture or creed, lead to understanding.

Say yes to your life : daily meditations for alcoholics and addicts ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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March 1

Generosity

'Generosity is the flower of justice.' Nathaniel Hawthorne

Say Yes to Your Spirit involves generosity. It is really important to give, not simply money-although money is important and should be shared-but also to give of oneself. Optimism is part of my understanding of generosity. I believe it to be spiritually important to be both positive and creative, which affects my attitude and behavior. Today I'm willing to give my time and money to a cause that I deem to be important. An example is recovery from alcoholism. I will often travel to other countries to share my strength and hope with those who are still struggling. And I do this for no honorarium.What have I discovered by doing this?Well, when I'm generous I receive back a hundredfold.

I've discovered my generosity is spiritually rewarding.

Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.

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