Reining Supreme

“Until today,… You may have lived in fear that you were not good enough to receive good. Today I am opening myself to see and receive more goodness in my life!” – Adapted from Until Today! 

With years of practice it has become easy for me to identify when life seems unfair or reasons why I don’t deserve good. These days I find it way more beneficial when I realize I am worthy of the good in my life and acknowledge its presence. That awareness allows gratitude to reign supreme in my heart & mind and direct my course toward happiness! iLmL

– RichieB

The Symphony

From C2C “Life is a package deal. It is not enough to look only at the parts we like. It is necessary to face the whole picture so that we can make realistic choices for ourselves and stop setting ourselves up for disappointment.”
To me, life is like an intricate, beautiful, and ranging symphony. If it were all one section of the orchestra or one note, it would be incredibly boring. Today I will appreciate the twists & turns of life. Each experience, regardless of my interpretation, is God’s reality and that’s where I want to live. iLmL

— Richie
Note from JamieQ: I love this guy!

Getting Calm Again

24 HAD “When I feel the calm of my spirit has been broken by emotional upset, then I must steal away alone with God, until my heart sings and all is strong and calm again.”

I love this! The challenge for me is to remember to apply this when the unrest and doubt enters. Today I am dedicated to “stealing away alone” with God regardless of unrest to develop my conscious contact! iLmL


Introduced to a Power

From Daily Reflections today “It was through the unconditional love which emanated from AA people and meetings that I was able to discard alcohol as my higher power.”

The countless supporters and compassionate friends in AA introduced me to acceptance and encouragement. This love was and is so attractive that I wanted what you all had. Therefore, I read the book and was introduced to a power greater than myself. Without the fellowship I would’ve never had this opportunity! iLmL

– RichieB

Being Mindful

From Heart of a Buddha “When eating, be mindful of eating. When walking, be mindful of walking. When smiling, be mindful of smiling.”

My gift today is to stay present. About to speak at Moorpark noon. Looking forward to being mindful of each moment today. iLmL

– RichieB

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