Gratitude = Humility = A Great Life

“I pray that gratitude will bring humility. I pray that humility will bring me to live a better life.”
– 24 Hours a Day

What a great recipe for a healthy and effective life. Today, gratitude and humility will be my aim. Join me in loving life!!!

– RichieB

Sticking My Hand Out

From Courage to Change: “My best hope for helping those I love really does begin when I focus on myself.”

Boy, do I like to think I have the answers for everyone in my life. How far from the truth that actually is! Today I know that my maximum effectiveness is only met when I start with myself. Doing my spiritual work, touching base with the big Gee Ohh Dee, and sticking my hand out to another allows me to make a difference in the lives of those I come in contact with. iLmL

– RichieB

It Feels Impossible

From Until Today! “In that moment, when there is nothing standing between you and the thing you fear the most, you will be forced to step into your greatness, because that is what life is demanding of you.”

I can get with that. In the moment it feels impossible, but looking back, I’ve walked through everything life asked of me. Not so gracefully at times and with a great deal of support, but despite all that here I am… LOVING MY LIFE!!! iLmL

– RichieB

Attention and Praise

Adapted from Until Today! “There is a need that many people struggle with for a good portion of their lives. It is the need to receive or experience the acknowledgment and acceptance of others… Beneath the need for acceptance and acknowledgement is the cry for self-love.”

Oooooooweeeeee. Some readings hit closer to home than others. This is definitely true for me. Most of my life I have vied for the attention and praise of others. Most good deeds I have done were done in hopes of acknowledgement. Even most of my responses to simple questions have been to appear wise. Today my aim is to be authentic. I’m sure the big Gee Ohh Dee will help me if I stay honest and willing. Holler! iLmL!

– RichieB

An Ideal to Strive Towards

“All my defects become glaringly obvious through my actions. . . but that does not define me as a person. I may act badly on occasion. That does not make me a bad person… I saw my character defects as glitches to be corrected rather than major portions of my framework… Now, I seek the opportunity to look at defects and let them go. Something new and better always seems available to take their place.”
– Adapted from Drop the Rock pg. 14

Wow. What an ideal to strive towards. I, more often than not, base my worth on my actions. AKA I’m good because I DO good. If investigated, this is blatantly false. I make a ton of mistakes, but today I do my utmost to acknowledge my part and remedy the situation as best I can through the process of the 12 steps. I am a good person today because I am. Period! iLmL

– RichieB

Double My Norm

From Heart of a Buddha “The loss of desire overcomes all sorrows.”

Definitely a lifetime practice. I have desire all throughout my day. My goal today is to eliminate some of these desires and trust that the big GEE OHH DEE has my back in every present moment. I’m also going to meditate for TEN minutes today which is double my norm (when I actually do it). Anyone want to join in on the meditation double up??? iLmL

– RichieB

Turned a Corner

“Although financial recovery is on the way for many of us, we find we cannot place money first. For us, material well-being always follows spiritual progress; it never precedes.”
– BB PG127

I’m very proud of myself! I’ve really stepped up my prayer & meditation game! The results are profound. It has even coincided with my financial progress! As a past pesimist regarding spiritual matters I feel I have turned a corner. I now believe that “the spiritual life is NOT a theory. We HAVE to live it”! Regardless of my financial status, which is the best it’s ever been. iLmL

– RichieB