Friday, August 29, 2014

Daily Motivation 8-29-2014

Friday, August 29, 2014
Today's Gift

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. —Helen Keller

The next 24 hours are guaranteed to excite us, to lift us to new levels of understanding, to move us into situations with others where we can offer our unique contributions. All that is asked of us is a willingness to trust that we will be given just what we need at each moment.

We can dare to live, fully, just for today. We can appreciate the extraordinariness of every breath we take, every challenge we encounter. Within each experience is the invitation for us to grow, to reach out to others in caring ways, to discover more fully the person we are capable of being. We must not let a single moment go by unnoticed.

When we withdraw from life, we stunt our growth. We need involvement with others, involvement that perturbs us, humors us, and even stresses us. We tap our internal resources only when we have been pushed to our limits, and our participation in life gifts us, daily, with that push. How necessary the push!

None of us will pass this way again. What we see and feel and say today are gone forever. We have so much to regret when we let things slip away, unnoticed or unappreciated.

A special series of events has been planned for me today. I shall not miss it.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

This day I choose to spend in perfect peace. --- A Course in Miracles

Today, let’s be gentle and kind. Lets talk to ourselves with love and respect. Let’s be gentle with others too.

Today, let’s be clear in how we think, speak, and act. And if we start to get mixed up, let’s stop thinking and listen for our Higher Power’s voice.

Today, we know that we have just a small job to do. It is to live today with love in our heart. We can’t take care of every problem in the world. But we make our actions today part of the answer instead of the part of the problem. Let's Keep It Simple.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me find Your calmness and peace in my heart today.

Action for the Day: Do I believe that peace starts with me? Today, I’ll listen to the simple voice of peace inside of me. And I’ll Keep It Simple.

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One Day At A Time

Understanding
My Higher Power began to clear my channels so the real understanding began to come.
Then was the time when full realization and acknowledgement came to me.
It was the realization and acknowledgement of the fact that I was full of self-pity and resentment, realization of the fact that I had not fully given my problems to My Higher Power, which I choose to call God. You choose your own conception of God.
I was still trying to do my own fixing.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 22

Thought to Ponder . . .
God can only do for me what He can do through me.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G R O W T H =
God Reveals Other Ways To Heal.

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Daily Motivation

Strong and compelling purpose

If you’re too easily distracted, don’t blame the distractions. Instead, consider how you could make your work more meaningful and compelling.

Rather than fighting against the distractions, overpower them. Seek to put things in your life and your work that are so interesting and captivating that the plain old ordinary distractions are left with no way to compete.

It’s much easier for the little, meaningless things to distract you if you’re subconsciously looking for things to distract you. The more you focus on what’s truly important in your life, the less you’ll be knocked off your task by distractions.

Imagine what you could focus on that would get you totally engaged and absorbed and immune to just about any kind of distraction. Imagine what things would be so thoroughly meaningful to you that it would be nearly impossible to pull you away from them.

You owe it to yourself to follow a strong and compelling purpose. You owe it to life to work toward the achievement of those things that mean the most to you.

Instead of letting yourself be too easily distracted, allow yourself to be filled with enthusiasm for following your authentic purpose. The more energy you give to what matters, the less you’ll be bothered by what doesn’t.

— Ralph Marston




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Daily Motivation 8-28-2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Today's Gift

Success can only be measured in terms of distance traveled. --Mavis Gallant

We are forever moving from one experience to another, one challenge to another, and one relationship to another. Our ability to handle confidently all encounters is a gift of the program, and one that accompanies us throughout every day, providing we humbly express gratitude for it. Success is ours when we are grateful.

We are not standing still. No matter how uneventful our lives may seem, we are traveling toward our destiny, and all the thrills and tears, joys and sorrows, are contributing to the success of our trip. Every day, every step, we are succeeding.

We can reflect on yesterday, better yet, on last week or even last year. What were our problems? It's doubtful we can even remember them. We have put distance between them and us. They were handled in some manner. We have succeeded in getting free of them. We have succeeded in moving beyond them.

How far we have come! And we will keep right on traveling forward. As long as we rely on the program, we are assured of success.

I can do whatever I need to do today, with success, when I humbly accept the life's gifts.

From the book Each Day a New Beginning by Karen Casey


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The route you take depends a good deal upon where you want to go. —Lewis Carroll

Day after day, the father drove to work along the same dreary highway to the same dreary job. Sometimes his daughter went to his office with him. On one of these occasions she noticed a winding road running parallel to the highway. "Oh, Daddy, let's take that road today," she suggested. After some grumbling and mumbling, the father agreed and turned off to take the side road.

To their delight, the road was lined with full trees and a rainbow of flowers. They came upon a quaint little village in which there was an office with a sign in the window, which said, "Clerk Wanted. Inquire Within." The job seemed perfect and the man accepted it with excitement he hadn't felt in many years.

Sometimes we have to risk taking a different path in order to arrive at a different place. How else can we change things in our lives that need to be changed? And how easy to do it, once we're willing to risk something out of the ordinary.

Action for the Day: Today I will do something that's out of the ordinary today.

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One Day At A Time

Serenity
That word "serenity" looked like an impossible goal when we first saw the prayer.
In fact, if serenity meant apathy, bitter resignation, or stolid endurance, then we didn't even want to aim at it.
But we found that serenity meant no such thing. . .
Serenity is like a gyroscope that lets us keep our balance no matter what turbulence swirls around us.
And that is a state of mind worth aiming for.
- Living Sober, p. 19

Thought to Ponder . . .
Serenity is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keep It Serenely Simple.

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Daily Motivation

Enjoy

Enjoy the diligent, focused, challenging work, and enjoy the carefree, lighthearted, playful times. Enjoy the moments of quiet solitude as well as the times when you’re surrounded by the stimulating energy of the people in your life.

Enjoy giving love and being loved. Enjoy making a difference and enjoy the assistance and collaboration of others who make a difference in your life.

Enjoy the things you’re confident of as well as the things that are a mystery. Enjoy diving into life’s pleasures and enjoy working through life’s problems.

Enjoy the warm sun on your skin and enjoy the cold wind against your face. Enjoy being confident and enjoy being surprised.

The more of life you enjoy, and treasure, and appreciate, the more access you’ll have to life’s best possibilities. When you can find something to sincerely enjoy, you have found a pathway to great value and fulfillment.

Today is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience, filled with opportunities for all different kinds of richness. Step enthusiastically forward into whatever today offers, and enjoy.

— Ralph Marston




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Daily Motivation 8-27-2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Today's Gift

Procrastination is the thief of time. —Edward Young

Procrastination - not acting when the time is right - is a self-defeating behavior. It produces anxiety, guilt, disharmony, and a nagging consciousness of the task that life is telling us it's time to do.

We are not always procrastinating when we put off doing something. Sometimes, doing a thing before the time is right can be as self-defeating as waiting too long.

We can learn to discern the difference. Listen to yourself. Listen to the Universe. What is past due and creating anxiety and prodding within you?

Is there something in your life you are avoiding because you don't want to face it? Is there a building anxiety from putting this off?

Sometimes anger, fear, or feeling helpless can motivate procrastination. Sometimes, procrastination has simply become habitual.

Trust and listen to yourself, your Higher Power, and the Universe. Watch for signs and signals. If it is time to do something, do it now. If it is not yet time, wait until the time is right.

Higher Power, help me learn to be on time and in harmony with my life. Help me tune in to and trust Divine Timing and Order.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Without discipline, there's no life at all. --Katharine Hepburn

When we have a problem with putting things off, we seem to add to our troubles by mentally flogging ourselves. We know we are losing time. We criticize ourselves for our irrational behavior. Whether we are putting off an important task in our lives or letting many little undone jobs accumulate, we could benefit from stopping the self-criticism and asking ourselves for the spiritual message in our actions. Perhaps we need some quiet time to do absolutely nothing. Maybe our perfectionism is paralyzing us. Is an "all or nothing" attitude telling us if we can't do the whole job right away, there is no point in beginning? Unexpressed anger may be blocking us from doing what we need to do.

Whenever we find ourselves doing things that seem irrational we can ask, "What is the message from my Higher Power in this behavior?" This question will carry us much further toward spiritual growth than the mental criticism we are tempted to do.

Action for the Day: Today, I will do what I can within the limits of one day, and I will stay in communication with my Higher Power.

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One Day At A Time

Willingness
A beginning, even the smallest, is all that is needed.
Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more.
Though self-will may slam it shut again, as it frequently does,
it will always respond the moment we again pick up the key of willingness.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 35

Thought to Ponder . . .
What have I been given today? Am I willing to reach out and grasp it?

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W H O =
Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness.

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Daily Motivation

Life gives you options

The questions and mysteries give you a chance to learn. The challenges give you an opportunity to make a positive difference.

The people with whom you disagree give you a way to see life from a different perspective. The disappointments you endure can put you on a path toward becoming more determined and effective.

Instead of complaining about what’s negative, you can look for what’s positive. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, you can feel fortunate to be where you are.

When there’s nothing interesting or exciting going on, you have the chance to exercise and strengthen your imagination. When the world feels gray and dreary, you can find unique, original beauty in the unlikeliest of places.

Every day, life gives you options. What you choose from those options and what you do with them, determines where you are at the end of the day.

Right now, you have many options. Choose the most positive, life-affirming, interesting, loving and fulfilling ones, and the reality of your life will follow along.

— Ralph Marston



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Daily Motivation 8-26-2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Today's Gift

Mile by mile, life's a trial.
Yard by yard, it's not so hard.
Inch by inch, it's a cinch.
-- Proverb


An important key to progress on the path is to take it one step at a time. Just as investing a little on a regular basis builds long-term wealth, the little gains we make each day pay off in spiritual dividends. As a successful musical group explained, "We spent years preparing for our overnight success."

Taking it one step at a time means living in the present moment, letting life gradually reveal itself to us. Some people get nervous and want to know the final outcome. But how can we know an outcome that hasn't yet occurred? Trust in the process, and the perfect result will occur.

When our faith wavers, we often get ahead of ourselves and try to figure out what is going to happen. This "future tripping" removes us from our source of guidance in the present. Sometimes we try to hit it big in a hurry. But there is no fooling the Universe. Sooner or later we will have to go back and retrace the steps that we skipped. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Whatever the goal or desire, approach it one step at a time. Small measures consistently taken guarantee progress. Eventually you will emerge victorious, having attained a reward that you have truly earned.

From the book Listening to Your Inner Voice by Douglas Bloch


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

In soloing--as in other activities--it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it. --Amelia Earhart

Procrastination plagues us all, at one time or another. But any activity that is worthy of our effort should be tackled by bits and pieces, one day at a time. We are too easily overwhelmed when we set our sights only on the accomplished goal. We need to focus, instead, on the individual elements and then on just one element at a time. A book is written, word-by-word. A house is built, timber-by-timber. A college degree is attained, course-by-course.

By the time we got to this point in our lives, most of us had accumulated a checkered past, much of which we wanted to deny or forget. And the weight of our past can stand in the way of the many possibilities in the present.

Our past need not determine what we set out to do today. However, we must be realistic: We can't change a behavior pattern overnight. But we can begin the process. We can decide on a reasonable, manageable objective for this 24-hour period. Enough days committed to the completion of enough small objectives will bring us to the attainment of any goal, large or small.

Action for the Day: I can finish any task I set my sights on, when I take it one day at a time. Today is before me. I can move forward in a small way.

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One Day At A Time

Spirituality
Spirituality is an awakening -- or is it all the loose ends woven together into a mellow fabric?
It's understanding -- or is it all the knowledge one need ever to know?
It's freedom -- if you consider fear slavery.
It's confidence -- or is it the belief that a higher power will see you through any storm or gale?
It's adhering to the dictates of your conscience -- or is it a deep, genuine, living concern for the people and the planet?
It's peace of mind in the face of adversity. It's a keen and sharpened desire for survival.
- Came To Believe, p. 5

Thought to Ponder . . .
Spirituality is the essence of being. It can shape reality.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = K
eeping It Simple, Spiritually.


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Daily Motivation

Here today

You are here today, alive and aware. You have power and influence, skills and abilities right here and now, so put them to good use right here and now.

You can get yourself all wrapped up in a tangled mess of inaction by wondering and worrying about what might happen. Choose instead to get yourself passionate and enthusiastic about what will happen when you make the effort to make a positive difference.

You are here today, so do something great with it. You are here today, in a world of beauty and possibility and opportunity, so seize the moment, this one right here, and make it count.

What do you really, truly want to do and how to you really, truly want to feel? What is so massively important to you that nothing else really matters in comparison?

Challenge yourself to honestly answer those questions. Then, pick yourself up and go do all you can to make those desirable and meaningful things a reality in your world.

You are here today, living in an authentic one-of-a-kind opportunity that will never come again. Grab it and joyfully run with it as fast as you can.

— Ralph Marston



Monday, August 25, 2014

Daily Motivation 8-25-2014

Monday, August 25, 2014
Today's Gift

To know oneself, one should assert oneself. —Albert Camus

We learn about ourselves by bumping up against something solid. By throwing ourselves into a project, meeting an obstacle we can't overcome, perhaps making some mistakes, we learn what we are capable of and what we are not. We are not here to live a comfortable and placid life. Our task is to grow and learn, to make a contribution, and to have some tranquility while we do. The only way we can achieve those goals is to assert ourselves, find out where the solid limits are, and assert our right to make mistakes in the process.

When we first learn to drive a car, we over steer and hit the brakes too hard or too softly. In the process we learn how to feel what is just right. When we are learning to ask for what we need and to make a place for ourselves, we may ask too demandingly at times. That is not bad. It is how we will learn to do it well.

Today, I will have opportunities to assert myself. I will take the risks required to learn.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.---Friedrick Nietzsche

All of us have a child inside. We may see that child as a friend or as a enemy.
Many of us were taught that growing up meant doing away with our inner child. It was as if being a child was bad and being an adult was good. If we try to be only an adult, the child cries, ”Let me run free and show you the beauty of the world.” If we try to be only a child, we find the adult in using us saying, “It’s time to grow up.”

Let’s find a balance. Remember, the adult needs the wonder found in the eyes of the child. Remember, the child needs the loving care of the adult. The child lives where we find our spirit. Our Higher Power is the prefect balance of the two.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be both the child and the adult. I need both.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll make time to be a child and to be an adult.

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One Day At A Time

Making Peace with the Past
If we have come to know how wrong thinking and action have hurt us and others,
then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever.
We have to talk to somebody about them.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 55

Thought to Ponder . . .
Fear not for the future; weep not for the past.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P E A C E = P
roviding Experienced Attitude Changes Every day.

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Daily Motivation

Value in your life

Don’t discount what you already have. There is great value in your life if you will simply open yourself up to see it, to appreciate it, and to make meaningful use of it.

Sometimes the challenges can seem so overwhelming that they block out everything else. Yet when the challenges are at their greatest is precisely when you can benefit most from connecting to the abundance in your life.

That abundance is absolutely there. So how do you see it, and make use of it?

Start by being thankful for the life you have, and for the people, places, things and events in it. Then, focus on a vision of exactly how you would like your life to be, if it could be any way you choose.

Make that vision an intention, and commit yourself to that intention without compromise. Allow yourself to become positively passionate and joyful about working your way toward where you truly wish to go.

When you have something positive and specific upon which to focus, you’ll begin to see more and more of the value that’s already yours. And you’ll be able to make good and loving use of that value to move positively and enthusiastically forward.

— Ralph Marston


Friday, August 22, 2014

Daily Motivation 8-22-2014

Friday, August 22, 2014
Today's Gift

A man of courage is also full of faith. -- Cicero

Faith and courage walk hand in hand. Courage empowers us to act in favor of what we believe, but cannot know. Courage is animated by the vision of faith. It doesn't take any faith to perform an action that doesn't require a risk. Only when the outcome is uncertain, and the effort itself a feat of daring, must faith and courage come on the scene together to get the job done.

To reach out to another, if we have known frequent rejection, is to act courageously in spite of an uncertain outcome. To stand firm in a decision, if we have always given in and given up, is to back our faith in a most daring and courageous way.

Many people, who never think of themselves as spiritual, are excellent models of faith because they continually reach out for what is not common in their lives. Because they believe, they're willing and able to take the risk.

Today, I can do what I believe I can do.

From the book Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Keep It Simple

...to have a crisis and act upon it is one thing. To dwell in perpetual crisis is another. --Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Exaggerating the negative element in our lives is familiar behavior for all too many of us. But this obsession is our choice. We can stop at any moment. We can decide to let go of a situation that we can't control, turn it over to our Higher Power, and be free to look ahead at the possibilities for happiness.

Perhaps we can learn to accept a serious situation in our lives as a special opportunity for growth first of all, but even more as an opportunity to let our Higher Power work in our lives. We learn to trust by giving over our dilemmas to our Higher Power for solutions. With patience, we will see the right outcomes, and we will more easily turn to our Higher Power the next time.

Crises will lessen in number and in gravity in direct proportion to the partnership we develop with our higher power. The stronger our dependence on that power, for all answers and all directions, the greater will our comfort be in all situations.

Serenity is the gift promised when we let our Higher Power handle our lives. No crisis need worry us. The solution is only a prayer away.

Action for the Day: I will take action against every crisis confronting me--I will turn to my Higher Power. Each crisis is an invitation to serenity.

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One Day At A Time

Demands
The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear
-- primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed
or would fail to get something we demanded.
Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration.
Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.
The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 76

Thought to Ponder . . .
All I have feared to lose I have gained and all I feared to gain I have lost.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R = False Events Appearing Real.

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Daily Motivation

Let it push you forward

You don’t have to be annoyed. You can be inspired.

You don’t have to be frustrated. You can be motivated and determined.

The way you respond is not dictated solely by the situation. The way you respond is decided by you.

No matter what has happened, your attitude is a choice that’s made by you. Instead of letting the interruptions, distractions and frustrations get you down, you can just as realistically choose to let them push you forward.

It’s natural to assume that negativity must make you negative, and that you must have some kind of positive reinforcement in order to be positive. But that’s not the case at all, because you can choose to move positively forward no matter what.

Decide that you’ll let both the good things and the bad things push you ahead. And be amazed at how far you can go.

— Ralph Marston



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Daily Motivation 8-21-2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Today's Gift

With each new day I put away the past and discover the new beginnings I have been given. —Angela L. Wozniak

We can't recapture what is no more. And the minutes or hours we spend dwelling on what was or should have been only steal away from all that presently is. Today stands before us with promise. The opportunities for growth are guaranteed, as is all the spiritual help we need to handle any situation the day offers.

If today offers us a challenge, we can be grateful. Our challenges are gifts. They mean we are ready to move ahead to new awarenesses, to a new sense of our person-hood. Challenges force us to think creatively; they force us to turn to others; they demand that we change. Without challenges, we'd stagnate, enjoying life little, offering life nothing.

We each are making a special contribution, one that only we can make; each time we confront a new situation with courage. Each time we dare to open a new door. What we need to do today is to close the door on yesterday. Then we can stand ready and willing to go forward.

This day awaits my full presence. I will be the recipient of its gifts.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep it Simple

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is the lightning that does the work. —Mark Twain

Thunder demands our attention. From the ear-splitting boom overhead to the faint rumble in the distance, it is an impressive part of nature. Yet, it is the lightning that discharges electricity from one cloud to another, or to the earth.

We are sometimes like thunder. We may shout our intentions to family members, or quietly tell our dreams to friends. No matter how we say it, it is the ability to follow through that is most important. When we've completed what we've set out to do, we will feel a sense of satisfaction and energy. With this energy, and the knowledge we can finish what we set out to do, we will make our dreams come true.

Action for the Day: What is left incomplete that I can finish today?

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One Day At A Time

Humility
To those who have made progress in AA,
humility amounts to a clear recognition of what and who we really are,
followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 156

Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility is not a station we arrive at; it's a way of traveling.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time.

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Daily Motivation

A way to keep going

There is so much that must be done. And although you may not get it all finished today, you can get something done, so go ahead and do it.

Some tasks will likely take longer than you anticipated, and that can be frustrating. Yet even when the progress is slow, you are indeed making progress, so choose to be more thankful and less frustrated.

Instead of complaining about what you can’t do, put all your focus and energy into what you can do, and into what you are doing. Little by little, bit by bit, work your way forward.

One of the biggest enemies of persistence is discouragement. So refuse to be discouraged, and congratulate yourself on making one step at a time.

Plenty of things can slow you down, yet you don’t have to let anything stop you completely. Even if it’s just in a small way, you can find a way to keep going.

It feels great to know you’re making a difference, so do a little bit, and feel a little better. Keep going, and you’ll soon be amazed at how far you’ve come.

— Ralph Marston




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daily Motivation 8-20-2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Today's Gift

Real transformation requires real honesty. If you want to move forward — get real with yourself and others. ― Bryant McGill

Moving Forward

Much as we would like, we cannot bring everyone with us on this new part of our journey. We are not being disloyal by allowing ourselves to move forward. We don't have to wait for those we love to decide to change as well.

Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to grow, even though the people we love are not ready to change. We may even need to leave people behind in their dysfunction or suffering because we cannot recover their life for them. We don't need to suffer with them.

It doesn't help.

It doesn't help for us to stay stuck just because someone we love is stuck. The potential for helping others is far greater when we detach, work on ourselves, and stop trying to force others to change with us.

Changing ourselves, allowing ourselves to grow while others seek their own path, is how we have the most beneficial impact on people we love. We're accountable for ourselves. They're accountable for themselves. We let them go, and let ourselves grow.

Today, I will affirm that it is my right to grow and change, even though someone I love may not be growing and changing alongside me.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Keep it Simple

Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery. --Katherine Mansfield

Acceptance of those conditions that at times plague us changes not only the conditions but, in the process, ourselves. Perhaps this latter change is the more crucial. As each changes, as we all change into more accepting women, life's struggles ease. When we accept all the circumstances that we can't control, we are more peaceful. Smiles more easily fill us up.

It's almost as though life's eternal lesson is acceptance, and with it comes life's eternal blessings.

Action for the Day: Every day offers me many opportunities to grow in acceptance and thus blessings. I can accept any condition today and understand it as an opportunity to take another step toward serenity, eternal and whole.

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One Day At A Time

Damage Repairs
Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past.
We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated
out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves.
If we haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes.
Remember it was agreed at the beginning we would go to any lengths for victory over our dysfunctional past.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76

Thought to Ponder . . .
Don't mess up an amend with an excuse.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Accountable Actions.

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Daily Motivation

Positive path forward

Acting with arrogance toward others does not add any positive value to your life. Being spiteful does not bring you any lasting sense of fulfillment.

It is completely understandable to be frustrated and angered by the words and actions of others. Yet the answer is not to add to the existing negativity with more negativity of your own.

Imagine taking the high road. Imagine putting your energy into positive pursuits instead of into negative reactions.

Your life is too precious to spend even a few moments of it consumed with hatred or arrogance or other kinds of negativity. For the sake of your own well being, turn your attention toward the good and beneficial things you can think and do.

Take the time to consider what adds value to your life and your world, and what takes that value away. Then commit yourself to living in such a way that adds more value.

Each moment is filled with countless possibilities, so choose the very best ones. Instead of getting mired in negativity, lift yourself higher by taking the most positive path forward.

— Ralph Marston