Friday, September 19, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-19-2014

Friday, September 19, 2014
Today's Gift

Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God. —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sometimes, in our families, we try to get parents or brothers or sisters to treat us the way we want them to, to do things we want them to. When they're upset or angry with us, we try to get them to stop, rather than allow them to be angry.

But our feelings are ours alone, and we are responsible only for how we feel. Those around us are not the cause of our feelings. We are.

This knowledge is a big responsibility, because we know we cannot blame others for our bad moods. But it is a fact. And this fact is also a wonderful freedom for us, for it means that we also have the power to make ourselves happy, no matter what goes on around us.

How can I make myself happy today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain? —Rainer Maria Rilke

Meeting our Higher Power and ourselves is the universal spiritual process. Sitting before the curtain of our hearts may feel as awesome to us or as frightening as anything we will ever do. When we first admit to ourselves a deeper truth, we feel these overpowering tensions. For some of us, this is a necessary step, which leads to self-knowledge and inner peace. We feel unique, different, alone, and maybe even crazy. For the first time, we are listening to our inner truth rather than outside messages.

Let's think for a moment about today's tensions and strains. Are we really aware of their source? Perhaps they are created by the disturbing honesty of our hearts? We may find our spiritual growth in yielding to the truth. When we are cynical about spiritual experience or when we minimize the importance of our soft-spoken inner wisdom, we are avoiding the truth from our hearts. And we miss the possibility of becoming strong from within.

Action for the Day: Today, I will live through the tension and fear of my honesty to reach the point of peace with myself.
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Emotional Sobriety
Tying our sobriety to someone we are emotionally involved with proves flatly disastrous.
"I'll stay sober if so-and-so does this or that" puts an unhealthy condition on our recovery.
We have to stay sober for ourselves, no matter what other people do or fail to do. . .
We need to cool any overboard feeling, lest it flip us back into the drink.
- Living Sober, p. 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
Formula for failure: try to please everyone.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
R E L A T I O N S H I P =

Really Exciting Love Affair Turns Into Outrageous Nightmare; Sobriety Hangs In Peril.

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Daily Motivation

Expect better

Expect this day to be a richer, more fulfilling day than yesterday. Expect better, and your life will rise to meet those expectations.

Expect the most favorable outcome and you’ll discover ways to bring it about. Expect a positive experience and you’ll find the goodness in every situation.

The way you act is informed and influenced by what you expect. Choose to expect better and you’ll do better.

Expect to understand, to resonate and to forge deep connections with those around you, and you will. Expect to create value out of whatever you have to work with, and that value flows forth.

Expect to make a meaningful positive difference today. Expect peace, love, healing and goodness, and your efforts and energy will focus to bring them about.

Do yourself and your world a big favor, and expect better. Expect better, and find joy in the journey of making it so.

— Ralph Marston


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-18-2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Today's Gift

I will, I will accept myself
With hope and fear and wonder
And what I have joined together
Let no one put asunder.
—Dory Preven


There is a wonderful freedom in acceptance. When we accept ourselves, with all our imperfections, we can then begin to accept others just as they are. This is especially exciting when we apply this discovery to our own families. A family is like a bouquet of flowers arranged in a common vase. Each flower is different. One might be blue, one white, one a rose, one a chrysanthemum. But each adds to the beauty of the whole bouquet and enhances the vase that holds it.

It isn't important that we know why one flower is blue and one white. We don't have to understand how a rose becomes a rose to appreciate the arrangement. We just accept it for what it is. Acceptance of others does not mean agreement or approval. How boring if we only accepted those who reflected our own ideas and opinions! How dull to look upon a bouquet of exactly the same flowers.

Today, will I accept the differences between us as part of our beauty together?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Keep It Simple

There is no love apart from the deeds of love; no potentiality of love but that which is manifested in loving. --Jean-Paul Sartre

What exactly are we talking about when we talk about love? Many of us - and this was certainly true of me - have used this word primarily to describe a fantasy. We imagined that somewhere there was an ideal person who could meet all our needs and make us whole. Love meant rescue or a problem-free relationship. When we didn't find it, we bewailed our loneliness and bad luck.

Love is not something that is bestowed on us. We can create it, everyday. It grows in each of us as we take actions that affirm our respect and caring for others and ourselves. Love is not limited to romantic encounters, but extends to our daily relationships with other people, including our friends and members of our communities. Love is not in scarce supply. Our acts of kindness and service and our practice of genuine tolerance renew love in the world and in our hearts.

Action for the Day: Today, I add to the abundance of many kinds of love in my life.

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Truth
As I began to look more closely, I noticed serious flaws,
I was brimful of character defects.
But these were things that, in time and with help, could be dealt with.
No longer did I have to run with nightmarish terror from an inner monster.
I had seen the truth, and the truth had freed me to do less hiding and more seeking.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 134

Thought to Ponder . . .
I cannot mend if I bend the truth.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
CHANGE = C
hoosing Honesty Allows New Growth Everyday

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Daily Motivation

What you need

You have what you need. Now go make something of it.

You have an abundance of possibilities. Now get busy fulfilling the best of them.

You have resources, abilities, interests, skills and passions. Now do something meaningful and enjoyable with them.

Don’t waste your time and energy wishing for more. Invest yourself in creating new richness in your own unique way.

Instead of obsessing over what you don’t have, imagine what you can create. Instead of getting hung up on the challenges, get excited about the possibilities.

You are connected to all of life’s abundance. Now do the work to create and to follow the path of your own special greatness.

— Ralph Marston


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-17-2014

Tuesday, September 17, 2014
Today's Gift

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
—Emily Dickinson


We often hum and sing to ourselves because it makes us feel content. It is the melody itself that makes us feel good - words and thoughts do not matter.

Having hope for ourselves and for our universe is like having a melody always moving inside us. The melody may be calm or exciting, but most of all it brings with it beauty and a sense of peace. Hope can overcome the need for words and thoughts and promises. Hope is the melody that keeps us going, the hum that continues even when there are no words to the song. Hope is not a melody we think about - it must come when we believe in the goodness of our world. If we have faith in a power greater than ourselves, we will be able to find the melody of hope inside us at all times.

What is my hope for today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery! --Anne Frank

Someone once said happiness is like a butterfly: if we chase it, we'll never find it. But if we sit quietly, it will come and land on us. Faith and courage are the same. All we have to do is sit quietly and ask for these gifts from our Higher Power. In time, and with patience, they will be ours, and so will the happiness we can then pass on to others.

Anne Frank wrote the above words facing a concentration camp and certain death. If she could find happiness and faith and courage within herself under those circumstances, then certainly we can too. These gifts are ours, already within us, if we but look for them.

Action for the Day: I'll remember today that my Higher Power is in charge of the world and will set all things straight.

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Turning Point
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point.
We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 59

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E =
Heart Open; Please Enter.

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Daily Motivation

Sincerely useful

Be sincerely useful, and create meaningful value. You’ll never run out of opportunities to make a difference.

The fulfillment you seek will not come from what you possess. It will come from what you contribute.

Life is beautiful and you can make it more so. The opportunity is everywhere.

The more challenging things become, the more of a difference you can make. Remind yourself how great it feels to genuinely be of service, and then do it again and again.

The more you give, the richer your life becomes. The more value you create, the more hopeful and fulfilling all of life becomes.

Seek to be useful, and you’ll find plenty of ways. Choose to make a positive difference, and experience life at its highest, most satisfying level.

— Ralph Marston




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-16-2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Today's Gift

The sign must come like dawn. You cannot see its arrival, but know when it is there. –Diane Wakoski

Let us take a break, sit by the river, and watch the current quietly flow. Let's just think, for a moment, about where the current is going, the shores it will brush on its way, the clouds reflected on its surface, the animals that come to drink from it, the bobbers it gently nudges downstream.

Our lives sometimes seem like the river, wandering to the west, the south, back toward the east, seemingly without direction at all. Yet we can take comfort in this thought for, like the river, we are always headed in the direction we are meant to go. Without trying, without knowing, we are part of the larger pattern of things, and we nourish many others just by passing through their lives.

What shores will my life touch today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Sit loosely in the saddle of life. —Robert Louis Stevenson

Sitting loosely in the saddle is an image of detachment for us. Detachment doesn't mean we stop caring. It means we have an inner wisdom telling us what we can control and what we cannot. When we go to meetings and hear fellow members struggling with temptations to return to old behaviors, we need to detach. When family members or friends are engaged in an addiction, we need to sit loosely in the saddle by caring, but not protecting them from the results of their behavior. Sometimes close friends will be "off base" in the way they talk to us. We practice detachment by not being reactive to the person but being responsive to the inner message of what kind of men we wish to be.

We can't control another person's behavior toward us. Our inner security will never come from how someone else behaves. The most helpful thing we can do for someone is to listen and care; then we need to be ready to let go of the outcome.

Action for the Day: I will accept the limits of my control over others. I will care and let go.

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Step Four - "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."

Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what the liabilities in each of us have been, and are.
I want to find exactly how, when, and where my natural desires have warped me.
I wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and myself. . .
Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for me.
- Daily Reflections, p. 100

Thought to Ponder . . .
I want the gift of an untroubled mind.

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

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Daily Motivation

Great and limitless promise

This day exists so that you can do something meaningful with it. This world exists so that you can marvel at its astounding beauty.

Your thoughts, passions, skills, interests and abilities are yours so that you can make use of them. The miracle of life is yours so that you can experience it fully.

The possibilities are here because you will find so much fulfillment in bringing them to life. The challenges are here because you can lift all of life by working through them.

There is hope because you are able to feel it. There is love because you are able to give it.

Realize how vital it is for you to appreciate how precious and full of promise it all is. Resolve again to live life’s great and limitless promise one unique moment at a time.

Feel the richness of life as it exists right now. Step forward, with a joy that goes beyond understanding, and fulfill the promise.

— Ralph Marston





Monday, September 15, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-15-2014

Monday, September 15, 2014
Today's Gift

You are the hero of your life.

Each of us plays the starring role in the drama that is our life. We co-create the script, along with our Higher Power. Sometimes we forget our lines, and so we improvise as best we can. We are heroes, each of us, as we move through the events of the day, refining our character and using our gifts to shape the action of every scene.

We can each be a hero in the drama of life. To the casual observer, what we do and say may not appear to be at all heroic. But we - as insiders who are only too well acquainted with our individual limitations - can appreciate and applaud a difficult decision or action.

When we accept our role in life, when we pledge to use our energies to do the best we can, and when we rely on our Higher Power for guidance and support, we will be well on our way.

I can be a hero today, even if it doesn't show.

From the book Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L.


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Keep It Simple

Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.---Vittorio Alfiert

What brave people we are! We have chosen life. Okay, maybe we had a
little push, maybe a big push from our family, police, or the pain of our disease.
But still, we’ve chosen recovery. We choose daily to let our Higher Power run
our lives. What trust! What faith! What courage!

We work hard at recovery. We do our meditate. We look for ways to serve others.
Each one of us is building a miracle. We can be proud of this.

Prayer for the Day: I pray that I’ll have the courage to love myself. High Power,
teach me to pat myself on the back when I deserve it.

Action for the Day: I will list three ways I am brave in recovery and share them with my someone.

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Growth
Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.
At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth,
to effect our first conscious contact with our Higher Power as we understood Them.
Afterward, we found ourselves accepting things which then seemed entirely out of reach.
That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere.
So we used our own conception, however limited it was.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47

Thought to Ponder . . .
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, growing spiritually is up to me.

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

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Daily Motivation

Yours for the taking

Though it is not your fault, make it your responsibility. Though it is not your job, make it your responsibility.

Responsibility is yours for the taking. When you do choose to take it, what you get are expanded options, greater opportunities and more positive possibilities.

Responsibility makes good things possible. Responsibility enables you to make a difference.

Responsibility is not easy, not convenient, and often not very comfortable. Yet if you are to make something positive and meaningful out of the situation, responsibility is absolutely necessary.

It may not seem fair to have to take responsibility for circumstances you didn’t create. However, by doing so you gain the control that enables you to move forward.

Responsibility is there for you to take. Take responsibility and with it, create something great.

— Ralph Marston



Friday, September 12, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-12-2014

Friday, September 12, 2014
Today's Gift

No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves today. —Brendan Francis

We often find ourselves yearning for tomorrow. We get carried away thinking about the next day's big game or camping trip. We find ourselves daydreaming about how much fun we'll have with friends or what animals we'll see in the park.

The next day comes and perhaps the excitement about the game diminishes because our friends can't make it or the camping trip is cancelled because of bad weather. We feel cheated and begin regretting the missed opportunities of yesterday.

When we find ourselves concentrating only on tomorrow, we need to stop and look around. We'll begin to notice the joke a friend is telling, or the bird flying overhead. We will begin appreciating the joys of the moment.

When we live in the moment, we have no expectations about the next moment, and without expectations, we can't be disappointed, only surprised.

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Keep It Simple

I used to think I'd never know the difference between serenity and depression
because depression subdued me. --S.H.


Depression is familiar to us all, and less incapacitating than it used to be. We
have made progress, we can be assured. "This too shall pass" is not an empty slogan.
Each of us can recall, with ease probably, a period we thought we'd never survive.
Maybe our problem was family-related, or a tough on-the-job situation. Or maybe
we felt inadequate and lacking in strength to cope with all situations. But we managed.

Here we are today, taking charge of our lives and moving forward in search of serenity.
Serenity no doubt eludes us, again and again, throughout the day. But we can let our
minds rest. We can give our thoughts to the wind, and serenity will find us. Serenity's
peace nurtures us, strengthens us to withstand the turmoil ahead. There is always
turmoil ahead. Life's lessons are found there. The irony is that a life with no problems
doesn't offer the opportunities we must have if we are to grow.

Action for the Day: I will let the serene moments wash over me. I will cherish them. They soften me. And the blows of today's tumultuous storm will be lessened.

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Serenity
I came into my apartment and I suddenly collapsed on the floor.
I lay there breathing kind of heavily and I said to myself, "Oh, to hell with serenity. I don't care if it never comes."
And I meant it. And do you know what happened?
All of a sudden the craving to find serenity utterly evaporated - and in its place was serenity.
The trouble was the search ... looking there for what was right here.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 142

Thought to Ponder . . .
Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
lways Aware.


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Daily Motivation

Opportunity now

What you have right now, right here, is opportunity. Whatever you’re doing, whatever commitments, plans and challenges you may have on this day, you also have an abundance of opportunity.

With your actions you can add richness to your own life and the lives of others. With the way you choose to live this day, you can make it a day that makes a real, positive difference.

You can learn, grow, build, create, teach, assist, connect, laugh, love and enjoy. In every moment, in every situation, with every person you encounter, there is the opportunity to create new goodness.

Remember that there are good and valuable opportunities available to you. Choose to align yourself with those positive opportunities rather than any negative assumptions.

The opportunity of now has great potential for value. Today, you are positioned to bring that value to life in unique, meaningful and enriching ways.

Choose to look out on this day and see the opportunity with which it is filled. Now, while it is here, live that opportunity to the great benefit of yourself and your world.

— Ralph Marston





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-11-2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Today's Gift

A man (or women) can stand a lot as long as he (or she) can stand himself (or herself). —Axel Munthe

Sometimes we're mistaken about the source of our unhappiness. We walk around with a short fuse, ready to explode if anyone crosses our path. Then, when we do explode, we think it is the other person's fault. At other times we have frightening physical reactions and worry that something is wrong with our bodies. But we are not aware that a deeper feeling of not being able to stand ourselves causes the problem.

Most of us have problems accepting ourselves. When we make peace with our consciences, some of our problems vanish. Other problems may never disappear, but our pain is eased because our inner battle has ceased and we have the energy we need to cope.

I am grateful for the gift of self-respect.


From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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I used to think I'd never know the difference between serenity and depression
because depression subdued me. --S.H.


Depression is familiar to us all, and less incapacitating than it used to be. We
have made progress, we can be assured. "This too shall pass" is not an empty slogan.

Each of us can recall, with ease probably, a period we thought we'd never survive.
Maybe our problem was family-related, or a tough on-the-job situation. Or maybe
we felt inadequate and lacking in strength to cope with all situations. But we managed.
Here we are today, taking charge of our lives and moving forward in search of serenity.

Serenity no doubt eludes us, again and again, throughout the day. But we can let our
minds rest. We can give our thoughts to the wind, and serenity will find us. Serenity's
peace nurtures us, strengthens us to withstand the turmoil ahead. There is always
turmoil ahead. Life's lessons are found there. The irony is that a life with no problems
doesn't offer the opportunities we must have if we are to grow.

Action for the Day: I will let the serene moments wash over me. I will cherish them. They soften me. And the blows of today's tumultuous storm will be lessened.

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One Day At A Time

Peace
Peace is possible for me only when I let go of expectations.
When I'm trapped in thoughts about what I want and what should be coming to me,
I'm in a state of anxious anticipation and this is not conducive to emotional sobriety.
I must surrender - over and over - to the reality of my dependence on my Higher Power,
for then, I find peace, gratitude and spiritual security.
- Daily Reflections, p. 197

Thought to Ponder . . .
No God, no peace -- know God, know peace.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = H
ang On! Peace Exists.


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Daily Motivation

Convince yourself

What are you convincing yourself to believe about yourself? How are you convincing yourself to be?

Are you convincing yourself that you are sick and weak, or are you convincing yourself that you are healthy, fit and energetic? Are you convincing yourself that you are poor or are you convincing yourself that your life is filled with richness?

Your thoughts are very believable, and they are especially believed by you. So make those thoughts positive and beneficial.

Every moment you are convincing yourself of something. Choose to use that power in a good and life-affirming way.

Convince yourself, in ever deeper and more meaningful ways, of how great it is to be alive. Convince yourself of the never-ending value of finding beauty and opportunity in each moment.

Convince yourself to persevere in making life better for everyone. Convince yourself, and it will be.

— Ralph Marston




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-10-2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Today's Gift

It is not a question of how spouses can be equal and alike. But rather, it is a problem of how a couple can be equal and different. —Pierre Mornell

In seeking closeness with loved ones, we have often made the mistake of looking only for similarities. Although common ground helps understanding, we must learn how to get close to others by "borrowing their eyes and ears." We expand our understanding of others by accepting that what we see, hear, think, and feel will not be exactly what anyone else does. We can deepen our relationships by exchanging our experiences with others.

We don't have to agree on everything. Simply learning about each other's differences and letting each other know that we hear and understand will create a feeling of intimacy.

I will be receptive and appreciate differences in those I love.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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If you want a thing done “right,” you have to do it yourself.---Anonymous

We addicts can be very picky. We think there’s only one way to do things. It’s our way,
But we call it the right way. When we think like this, three things happen. First, we put
down other people. Second, we end up doing all the work. Third, everyone feels bad.
The other person feels hurt that we don’t respect him or her. And we feel angry
because we “had” to do all the work.

We need to know that there are many ways to do things. It’s okay when others don’t
do things our way. Their way probably works just fine for them. If they want your
advice they’ll ask for it.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me accept other people and their ways.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll watch how other people do things. Maybe I’ll
learn a better way to do some things.

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Control
We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people -- was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight?
Of course it was.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 52

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I always do what I've always done, I'll always get what I've always got.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K =
Thank Heavens I Now Know.

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Daily Motivation

Get clear on your direction

The problem is not that there’s too much to do. The problem is that it can be difficult to see the point of it all.

You are amazingly skilled and highly capable. Yet without a clear, persistent and meaningful direction, you’re not going to be very effective.

For a moment, put all the stuff that needs to be done out of your mind. Peacefully step back and reacquaint yourself with what’s most important to you.

You have your life, and those you love. You have interests, passions, longings, values, things you find funny, things you find fascinating, and things you care deeply about.

With a rich sense of what really matters to you, choose to see a clearly defined direction forward. Now is your time to live with purpose, to express to all of life who you truly are.

Though the problems and responsibilities will not just go away, you can deal with them from a higher, more empowered perspective. Get clear on your direction, and you become more positive and effective in every moment.

— Ralph Marston





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-9-2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Today's Gift

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were. —R. L. Evans

Feelings of discouragement are to be expected as part of life. We will have our times of greater energy and hope and our times of feeling depleted and lost. As we mature we learn to see many peaks and valleys across the landscape.

Giving ourselves over to feelings of discouragement is self-indulgent and saps our strength. We cannot see into the future. The dailiness of our lives isn't always dramatic and doesn't usually offer great changes. But we are part of an unfolding process. Looking back over just a week or a month, we can recall troubled times that now seem insignificant. We see other' people and their progress, and we know they too grew just one day at a time and couldn't see what the future would bring them. So we continue - knowing that our process is hopeful - even though we cannot foresee the details of our future.

I have the strength to live through the peaks and valleys and to stay faithful to myself.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©




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I do not want to die . . . until I have faithfully made the most of
my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the
last small twig has grown. --Kathe Kollwitz

There's so much to do before we rest . . . so much to do. We each
are gifted with talents, similar in some respects to others' talents,
but unique in how we'll be able to use them. Do we realize our talents?

We need only to dare to dream, and there they'll be.

It's so easy to fall into the trap of self-pity, thinking we have no
purpose, fearing we'll take life nowhere, dreading others' expectations
of us. But we can turn our thinking around at any moment. The choice
is ours. We can simply decide to discover our talents, and nurture them
and enrich the lives of others. The benefits will be many. So will the joys.
We have a very important part to play, today, in the lives we touch. We
can expect adventure, and we'll find it. We can look for our purpose;
it's at hand. We can remember, we aren't alone. We are in partnership
every moment. Our talents are God-given, and guidance for their full
use is part of the gift.

Action for the Day: I will have a dream today. In my dream is my direction.

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Acceptance
And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.
When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in our Higher Power's world by mistake. Until I could accept my dysfunctions, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life on life's terms, I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and my attitude.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417

Thought to Ponder . . .
My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Acceptance, Belief, Change.

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Daily Motivation

Choose to

Choose to hope and there will be hope. Choose to love and there will be love.

Seek out and appreciate life’s beauty, and you will find it in abundance. Decide to be joyful, and you will experience joy.

There is much in this world that is out of your control. And yet, you can precisely control how you feel about it and what you do with it.

There may be many good things you do that no one else appreciates or even notices. And yet, you will know, and you will benefit from creating new goodness in the world.

Welcome what is, welcome what comes, and choose to put some of your own positive energy into it. The more energetic you are, the more energy you will create.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whatever you have, whomever you’re with, you have a choice. Choose in your own way to live richly in every moment.

— Ralph Marston



Monday, September 8, 2014

Daily Motivation 9-8-2014

Monday, September 8, 2014
Today's Gift

It's astonishing in this world how things don't turn out at all the way you expect them to! —Agatha Christie


Probably every day of our lives, a plan goes awry. Often we have counted heavily on a particular outcome. We generally assume we have all things under control and know exactly what's best for us, and everyone else as well. But such is not the case. There is a bigger picture than the one we see. The outcome of that picture is out of our hands.

Our vision is limited, and again divinely so. However, we are able to see all that we need to see, today. And more important, if we can trust our inner guidance regarding the events of today, we'll begin to see how each day fills in a shade more of the bigger picture of our lives. In retrospect we can see how all events have contributed, in important ways, to the person we are becoming. Where today's events are leading we can't know, for certain, but we can trust the divine plan.

I will anticipate with faith what lies ahead today. All experiences carry me forward to fulfill my goal in life. I will be alert for the nudge.



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

Remember your good memories, but live for today and keep the
memories behind you. --Jodi K. Elliott


The stuff of our memories comprises who we have become.

Each recollection is akin to an ingredient in a simmering pot of stew.
The full flavor of our lives is enhanced by each additional experience,
whether it is painful or joyful.

Our experiences have a way of dovetailing, of grouping themselves,
perhaps even tailoring themselves, to provide us the best advantage.
So human is our tendency to linger in thought on past times that we
fail to take advantage, to be fully present in the moment, which is
assuredly making a necessary contribution to the total panorama of our lives.

Who are we to judge the value of any single experience? It's how
all experiences have mingled, that we must trust. We can be certain
in retrospect, that those situations that created the most inner turmoil
also offered us the most as growing, developing person.

Action for the Day: The experiences offered today, in the 24 hours ahead, are significant
because they are unique. I will cherish them for the addition they are
making to my total person.

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One Day At A Time

Habits
Our drinking and drugging was connected with many habits -- big and little.
Some of them were thinking habits, or things we felt inside ourselves.
Others were doing habits -- things we did, actions we took.
In getting used to not drinking and drugging, we have found that we needed new habits to take the place of those old ones. . .
After we spent a few months practicing these new, sober habits or ways of acting and thinking, they became almost second nature to most of us, as drinking and drugging used to be.
- Living Sober, Preface

Thought to Ponder . . .
Habits are like cork or lead -- they tend to keep you up or hold you down.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B A T H =
Behavior, Attitude, Thinking, Habits.


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Daily Motivation

Unhindered by the past

What if you woke up each day clearly remembering everything in your past without being emotionally hindered by any of it? What if you could treat each new moment as a fresh opportunity, free of outdated assumptions, resentment, anger, regret or doubt?

In fact, you can. You can choose what to think, and even how to feel.

In this moment, and every moment, you can think of your highest goals as achievable. You can feel passionate about living with positive purpose, and feel fully empowered to do so.

You can view the problems not as permanent barriers but rather as pathways for meaningful achievement. You can see the disappointments not as excuses to give up, but as reasons to push forward.

Your past can inform you, inspire you, and help you to understand who you are. Yet it never has to hold you back.

Right now is your opportunity to move decisively toward what you know is right. Now is when you create the future, unhindered by the past.

— Ralph Marston