Live and Let Live
Weekly Focal Point
“When my thoughts are centered on learning to live, I will be less tempted to involve my mind with the thoughts of how others should live.”
One Day At A Time Series
The Al-Anon slogans are little pieces of advice. If we were entirely capable of putting them all into practice, we’d be pretty close to perfection as spiritual human beings. Take this one for instance: Live and Let Live. A whole philosophy of life is condensed into these four words. First we are admonished to live – to live fully, richly, happily, and to fulfill our destiny with the joy that comes from doing well whatever we do. Then comes a more difficult admonition: Let Live. This means acknowledging the right of every other human being to live as he wants to, without criticism or judgment from us. It rules out contempt for those who do not think as we do. It warns against resentment; tells us to avoid construing other people’s actions as intentional injuries to us.
3 C’s of Al-Anon
- We didn’t CAUSE it
- We can’t CONTROL it
- We can’t CURE it
AND WE WON’T CONTRIBUTE TO IT TODAY
Considerations for the Week
- How much of my time is squandered focusing on other’s lives rather than focusing on my own?
- When I am able to practice Live and Let Live, can I more abundantly experience the serenity that my Higher Power has given to me? Will I consider praying for my focus to shift more consistently to my own life?