Friday, December 19, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-19-2014

Friday, December 19, 2014
Today's Gift

Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else's life, not even your own child's. The influence you exert is through your own life and what you become yourself. --Eleanor Roosevelt

Taking full responsibility for who we are, choosing friends, making plans for personal achievement, consciously deciding day by day where we want to go with our lives, ushers in adventure such as we've never known. For many of us, months and years were wasted while we passively hid from life. But we are breathing new life today.

The Universe offers us, daily, the opportunity to participate in the adventure of life. It offers us the opportunity to share our talents, our special gifts with those with whom we share moments of time.

We are becoming, every moment of time. As are our friends. Discovering who and what we really are, alone and with one another within our experiences is worthy of celebration.

I will congratulate others and myself today.

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


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Keep It Simple

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ---Edith Wharton

Our Higher Power is the candle. And our hearts, like a mirror, reflect a warm, loving glow.
But when we used alcohol and other drugs, we tired to be the candle. We wanted to have control. Many of us acted like this to hide how out of control we felt. We never thought we could be happy by admitting we were out of control.

In recovery, we accept that it’s okay to be the mirror. We accept that our Higher Power is the candle that guides us. We want to be the mirror that reflects how much our Higher Power loves us.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for the light and warmth You give me.

Action for the Day: Tonight, I’ll light a candle and place it in front of a mirror. I’ll study how they work together to light the room.

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One Day At A Time

No Cop-outs
We have to stay sober no matter how life treats us, no matter whether non-alcoholics appreciate our sobriety or not.
We have to keep our sobriety independent of everything else, not entangled with any people,
and not hedged in by any possible cop-outs or conditions.
- Living Sober, p. 64

Thought to Ponder . . .
Keep your sobriety first to make it last.

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

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Daily Motivation

Invest yourself

To make something special in your life, invest yourself in it. To give richness and meaning to a particular place, or a relationship, or a job or other experience, give some meaningful part of yourself to it.

If you have no stake in it, you won’t get any real joy or fulfillment from it. Just because something is expensive or impressive or popular doesn’t mean that it will enrich your life.

You don’t have to have the biggest, brightest or fanciest. You just have to really care, really give, and make a living investment.

Life is overflowing with great opportunity because it is constantly giving you ways to make a difference. By giving your time, your care, your interest and your love, you transform generic abundance into personal treasure.

The more you invest of yourself, the more valuable that treasure grows. Whatever is already meaningful to you can be made even more meaningful with your care, attention and effort.

Every moment you encounter is a chance to invest yourself in life. Take every opportunity to invest yourself, and enjoy a lifetime of beautiful rewards.

— Ralph Marston




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-18-2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Today's Gift

Destruction. Crashing realities exploding in imperfect landings. Ouch. It's my heart that's breaking, for these have been my fantasies and my world. —Mary Casey

We frequently aren't given what we want - whether it's a particular job, a certain relationship, a special talent. But we are always given exactly what we need at the moment. None of us can see what tomorrow is designed to bring, and our fantasies are always tied to a future moment. Our fantasies seldom correlate with the real conditions that are necessary to our continued spiritual growth.

Fantasies are purposeful. They give us goals to strive for, directions to move in. They are never as far-sighted as the goals our higher power has in store for us, though. We have far greater gifts than we are aware of, and we are being pushed to develop them at the very times when it seems our world is crashing down.

We can cherish our fantasies - but let them go. Our real purpose in life far exceeds our fondest dreams. Life have given us the tools to make the Universe's plan for us a reality.

How limited is my vision, my dreams. If one of mine is dashed today, I will rest assured that an even better one will present itself, if I but let it.

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


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Keep It Simple

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."Franklin D. Roosevelt

As addicts, we had lots of fear. Some of us were afraid of failure. So we didn't try to do much. Or else we tried too hard all the time. We used alcohol and other drugs to forget our fear, but it didn't go away. It got worse. Now we know we don't have to be afraid. When our lives are in the care of our Higher Power, we're safe. Faith is the cure for out fear. But still, fear keeps creeping back inside us. That's okay. It's normal. There is so much that's new in our sober life! We don't know what will happen next. It's hard to always remember to trust our Higher Power. It's hard to always do what our Higher Power says. It's hard to always have faith. We have to practice turning our fear over to our Higher Power.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, be with me when I'm afraid. Help me remember to have faith to believe in You, even when my fear tells me not to.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll notice my fear and pray each time get afraid.

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One Day At A Time

Spiritual Growth
Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from asking yourself what they may 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.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47

Thought to Ponder . . .
Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.

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

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Daily Motivation

Passage of time

There’s absolutely nothing you can do to stop or to slow the passage of time. Yet there are countless things you can do to gain great value from each hour that does pass through your life.

If you’re facing a deadline, the last thing you want to do is worry about it or obsess over it. You cannot change the deadline, so let it be, and let yourself go about doing the work that’s due.

Do all you can with the time you have. Do all you can, being positive and productive, not concerning yourself with whether the time you have is too little or is passing too quickly.

Time will pass as it will, no matter what you think or how much you complain. So use your energy not to lament but to think, say, do, experience, explore, to move forward and to make real, meaningful progress.

You rarely get to choose how much time you have. However, you always get to choose how much good solid effort you put into each moment.

Time will go by, so watch it as it goes with the satisfaction of knowing you’re making great use of it. And as time moves relentlessly forward, so will you.

— Ralph Marston



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-17-2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Today's Gift

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. —Erma Bombeck

The most precious time we will ever have we give away by doing volunteer chores to help others get more out of life. There is no material wage for this kind of work, but a host of emotional rewards. The height of volunteer giving is doing an act of kindness or love so quietly that none but ourselves will ever know we had a part in it.

What great humility this can bring to us, who live in a world where selfish people often insist on credit for all their deeds - often things they had nothing to do with.

All we need do is think of all we have received without deserving it or asking for it. By taking part in the giving end of life, we find the true wealth of our own generosity.

What secret gift can I give today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Keep It Simple

Charity sees the need, not the cause.--German proverb.

Charity is not just giving money to good causes. Charity is having a heart that's ready to give. Charity is helping a friend at two in the morning. Charity is going early to the meeting to put on coffee without being asked.

Service is how Twelve Step programs refer to "Charity". Service and charity are a lifestyle. We see a need, so we try to help. Our values and our heart will guide us in how we help. Service helps us think of others, not just of ourselves. We stop asking, "What's in it for me?" The act of helping others is what's in it for us. Serenity is what's in it for us.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, You have given me many talents. Help me see how my talents can make the world a better place. Giving of myself is believing in You and myself.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list my talents and I'll think of ways I can use them to help others.

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One Day At A Time

Pass It On
I'll never forget the first time I met Bill Wilson.
I was a couple of months sober and so excited, so thrilled to meet the co-founder
that I gushed all over him with what my sobriety meant to me and my undying gratitude for his starting AA.
When I ran down, he took his hand in mine and said simply, "Pass it on."
- 'Pass It On', preface

Thought to Ponder . . .
Gratitude is not a word in AA; it's an action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = N
o Other Way.

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Daily Motivation

Helping others

Helping others helps you, at the very deepest level. Giving real value serves to create real value in your own life.

By providing encouragement, you receive encouragement. When you teach, you learn.

Each day is rich with opportunities for you to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you. And it is through genuinely enriching the lives of others that you find true richness in your own.

Right here, right now, there is a beautiful way to give of yourself, and to make the world a better place. Choose to do so, and immediately feel the benefits begin to manifest.

You have the chance today to change lives for the better. It’s difficult to imagine anything that could be more fulfilling than that.

Reach out, give a hand, make a difference, and offer a kindness. The lives you lift will most certainly include your own.

— Ralph Marston


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-16-2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Today's Gift

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
And try to love the questions themselves. —Rainer Maria Rilke


Patience with ourselves may be the first step toward patience with others. In getting to know ourselves, we don't find what we have expected. If we did, we would only be proving what we already knew. Sometimes growth comes in surprising ways. It may be in acceptance and learning to love what is unsettled or unclear within. Some of us want to rush through our learning and push our growth too fast. Others of us want to have a strong sense of confidence in our relationships with others but always feel vulnerable. Some wonder why their fears suddenly rise without warning. Another longs to know why certain things happened to him in his youth. Our growth is not our invention. When answers come, they are gifts, and we do not control them.

In part, self-acceptance is to say, "Yes, I am a person with this question, this unsettled feeling. Being alive is to be actively engaged in knowing and loving my questions even when I find no answer."

Higher Power, grant me the peace that comes with loving the unfinished part of me.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©




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Walk In Dry Places

Self-image

Others must not define us.
The thoughtless practice of lumping people into categories can be destructive. Some of us still seethe with resentment over the roles we were given in our families while growing up. We realize that this way of being defined was a put-down.

As adults living sober, we must now make sure that we define ourselves in ways that contribute to our success and happiness. If others attempt to attach labels to us, we must not accept this... at least not in our own minds.

If others are attempting to define us in this way, we must always ask whether we've invited such labeling. Did your behavior somehow give them this impression? Did we mask our true feelings to present an image with which we don't really want to live? Whatever the answer, we must take charge of defining who we are and what we want to be.

Action for the Day: If I don't like the way people have been viewing me, I'll change the signals I've been sending out. Any signals I send should fit the way I really want to be known.

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One Day At A Time

Resentments
This business of harboring resentments is infinitely grave. For then we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the spirit.
- - As Bill Sees It, p. 5

Thought to Ponder . . .
Resentment is like acid, eating away at the vessel it is stored in.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Avoid Anger.

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Daily Motivation

Aim higher

Aim higher and you will end up higher. Expect more of yourself and you will end up getting more from yourself.

Yes, it makes sense to base your expectations for the future on what has happened in the past. But although it makes sense, it doesn’t make for a very effective strategy.

Choose instead to base your expectations not on what you’ve already experienced, but on what you wish to see happen. Raise your level of ambition to match the highly worthy and capable person you surely are.

Challenge yourself to grow, to improve, to become stronger, more capable and more highly accomplished. All these things add value not only to your life, but also to all of life.

You owe it to yourself, to others and to the world to aim higher, to reach higher, and to work your way higher. After all, you’re part of life, and the miraculous fact of your existence obligates you to make all of existence the best it can be.

You’ve already done much, and you can do much more. Aim higher, get there, and add richness to the journey for everyone involved.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, December 15, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-15-2014

Monday, December 15, 2014
Today's Gift

Great symphonies begin with just one not. —Priscilla Young Pratt

Sometimes it's really hard to get going. We put off things we don't want to do, or are afraid to try. We occasionally feel overwhelmed by the size of a job to be done like cleaning out the cellar or reading a long book for a class.

But think a minute. If Beethoven had thought about how complicated it was to write his Ninth Symphony, with all those instruments and voices and notes to blend together, do we really think he would ever have started? But he didn't get overwhelmed. He sat down and wrote just one small note, and then another, and a third. It took him months, but writing one note led to a second, and, one note at a time, he completed it.

We begin the same way with whatever tasks we have ahead of us. Each tiny bit of progress helps us go on to the next part. We begin by reading one page of that book, or taking one box of junk from the cellar. That's all we have to do. The rest will follow almost on its own. The trick is to begin.

What needs to be done today, and how do I start?


From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©



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Keep It Simple

Happiness is a form of freedom, and of all people I should be the freest. I've earned this happiness and this freedom. --Angela L. Wozniak

Life is a process, and we are progressing beautifully. We are no longer abusing our bodies and minds with drugs. We are taking special time, daily, to look for guidance. We are working the Steps of the program, better and better as the abstinent days add up. We are free from past behaviors. And we can be free from our negative attitudes too.

Making a decision to look for the good in our experiences and in our friends and acquaintances frees us from so much frustration. It ushers in happiness, no only for us but for the others we are treating agreeably. Happiness is a byproduct of living the right kind of life.

We can take a moment today, each time an action is called for, to consider our response. The one that squares with our inner selves and feels good, is the right one. Happiness will accompany it.

Action for the Day: Happiness is always within my power. My attitude is at the helm. 

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One Day At A Time

Perspective
Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word "blame" from our speech and thought.
This required great willingness even to begin.
But once over the first two or three high hurdles, the course ahead began to look easier.
For we had started to get perspective on ourselves,
which is another way of saying that we were gaining in humility.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 47-48
Thought to Ponder . . .
My perspective will change my perception. My perception will change my experience.
My experience is my life.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
ltered Attitudes.
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Daily Motivation

New and beautiful world

A new and beautiful world has come into being on this day. Explore it, enjoy it, appreciate it and make the most of it.

You have the priceless privilege of being here to experience this one-of-a-kind day. Use the opportunity to add meaningful richness to each of its moments.

See the positive possibilities, and act on them. Embrace the challenges, and find great satisfaction in moving successfully through them.

All the work you have done and all the moments you have lived have brought you to this day. Honor its rich legacy with the way you choose to live it.

There are new possibilities to fulfill, new wonders to behold, new relationships to be forged and new experiences to live. Get going with enthusiasm and with the commitment to make new goodness from it all.

You have the good fortune of being right here, right now in this new and beautiful world. Grab hold of the opportunity and live it to the fullest.

— Ralph Marston




Friday, December 12, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-12-2014

Friday, December 12, 2014
Today's Gift

I like a person with faults, especially when they know it. To err is human - I'm uncomfortable around gods. —Hugh Prather

We are more comfortable around a person who has faults and knows it. We respect such a person. So why do we have such a hard time admitting our own faults? This matter of honesty comes very gradually and only with hard work. We may have to force ourselves to admit a fault because we expect to feel unworthy. In fact, what we do feel after admitting a fault is peacefulness and self-respect. We may expect to be rejected and judged by friends, but usually friendships grow more solid when we admit our faults. A true friend does not need to trust that we will always be right, only that we will be honest.

At this moment are we being nagged by some fault? Is there something about the way we have talked to someone that doesn't seem right? Have we been unfair or dishonest? Life is about progress, not perfection. So, to make progress we admit our imperfections, and as we do, we become more fully human.

Higher Power, in this moment when I feel my human mistakes, help me to be open to your love.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

If I am to be remembered, I hope it is for the honesty I try to demonstrate, the patience I try to live by, and the compassion I feel for others. --JoAnn Reed

Each of us hopes we are leaving a lasting, positive impression on those we befriend and maybe even those we encounter by chance. Having others speak well of us provides the strokes that are often necessary to our "keeping on" when difficulties surface. What we sometimes forget is that we are responsible for whatever lasting impression we leave.

Our behavior does influence what another person carries away from our mutual experience.

We may have left unfavorable impressions during our using days. On occasion, we do yet. However, it's progress, not perfection, we're after. And each day we begin anew, with a clear slate and fresh opportunities to spread good cheer, to treat others with love and respect, to face head-on and with full honesty all situations drawing our attention and participation.

Action for the Day: As I look forward to the hours ahead, I will remember that I control my actions toward others. If I want to be remembered fondly, I must treat each person so.

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One Day At A Time

The Language of the Heart
From the beginning, communication in AA has been no ordinary transmission of helpful ideas and attitudes.
It has been unusual and sometimes unique. Because of our kinship in suffering,
and because our common means of deliverance are effective only when constantly carried to others, our channels of contact have always been charged with the language of the heart.
- The Language Of The Heart, p. 243

Thought to Ponder . . .
Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, AA's speak the language of the heart.

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

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Daily Motivation

Think about it differently

There are many more ways than just one way to think of any situation. If you’re stuck, or perplexed, angry, frustrated, conflicted or confused about anything, give yourself the option of thinking about it differently.

Instead of going over the same puzzle again and again, scramble up all the pieces and come at it from a completely different angle. Throw out your assumptions, take several steps back, and give yourself the benefit of a new perspective.

You are wonderfully creative, so put that creativity to good use. You can think whatever you choose to think, so choose to think in new and original ways.

Perhaps what you think you need to get rid of, is actually something you could use more of. It could be that what you once considered impossible is not only possible, but is also the most effective way forward.

Challenge what you’ve assumed, and what you think you know. Just beyond your supposed certainties, are many great possibilities.

There’s something good, valuable and workable in any situation. Think about it differently, and find an amazingly wonderful way forward.

— Ralph Marston




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-11-2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Today's Gift

Feelings are everywhere - gentle. —J. Masai

Throughout the day we experience many feelings. Losing something makes us angry. Fighting with a friend makes us sad. Perhaps we're lonely because no one is home. Getting an unexpected treat makes us happy. Our feelings come and go just like the hours of our lives.

Letting our feelings be whatever they are is good. They'll go away in time. We may not like all feelings; sadness or anger may be uncomfortable, but being human means we'll have many different feelings each day. If we're quiet with them, they'll help us grow and understand others better, and then they will suddenly be gone, replaced perhaps by a feeling we like more.

Will I be able to accept my feelings today whether I like them or not?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©












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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.--Tuli Keupferberg.

Recovery has happened to us. We stopped drinking or using other drugs and, like magic, a new world appeared. Being sober sure shakes up a person's life! It's good to shake up our world every now and then. This way, we see there's not just one “world”, but many. We grow each time we step into a new world and learn new things. Of course, the addict's world was new and exciting to us at one time. But we got trapped and couldn't find our way out. Our 

Higher Power had to free us. We need to try new worlds, but we always need to take our Higher Power with us--into worlds where there's honesty, love, and trust.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, lead me to new worlds where I'll learn more about living fully.

Action for the Day: I'll list 3 ways I can step into a new world today. For example, I could read something new, go to a museum, or eat a new food.


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One Day At A Time

Happiness
Happiness happens when results exceed expectations. Maybe this is working after all.
Deep down, there is also a warm, small ball of faith, never dimmed, unexplainable, asking nothing, but giving much.
To define it or try to bounce it would distort or destroy it. It just is, that's all.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], pp. 187-188

Thought to Ponder . . .
True happiness is found in the journey, not the destination.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F =
Happy, Joyous, Free.


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Daily Motivation

You have it in you

When you feel like quitting, that’s an opportunity to keep going. When you feel like giving up, you have it in you to step forward with renewed energy and to give more.

Giving up doesn’t accomplish anything, and it doesn’t make you feel any better. It just leaves you with disappointment and regret.

There’s a way to keep going, and you know it. There’s a way to keep going, and just imagine how great you will feel for choosing persistence.

If you’re weary, stop for a short while to rest, but don’t give up. Remind yourself of all the good reasons why you’ve chosen to move forward, and then get yourself going again.

If you wish to be free of the effort, then do what it takes to finish the effort. Make all your work count for something by bringing it to a successful conclusion.

The next step is right in front of you, and you have it in you to take that step. Keep going, fulfill your best possibilities, and you’ll always be thankful for your choice to do so.

— Ralph Marston

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-10-2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Today's Gift

Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do. --Benjamin Spock 

Empowerment

You can think. You can make good decisions. You can make choices that are right for you.

Yes, we all make mistakes from time to time. But we are not mistakes.

We can make a new decision that takes new information into account.

We can change our mind from time to time. That's our right too.

We don't have to be intellectuals to make good choices. In recovery, we have a gift and a goal available to each of us. The gift is called wisdom.

Other people can think too. And that means we no longer have to feel responsible for other people's decisions.

That also means we are responsible for our choices.

We can reach out to others for feedback. We can ask for information. We can take opinions into account. But it is our task to make our own decisions. It is our pleasure and right to have our own opinions.

We are each free to embrace and enjoy the treasure of our own mind, intellect, and wisdom.

Today, I will treasure the gift of my mind. I will do my own thinking, make my own choices, and value my opinions. I will be open to what others think, but I will take responsibility for myself. I will ask for and trust that the Divine Wisdom is guiding me.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©



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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places


Self-acceptance

Fixing things that aren't broken
At the beginning of our AA sobriety, we were reminded that we were not reformers. Yet we sometimes have a tendency to want to "reform" ourselves or others after we've established sobriety.


This can become a practice of "fixing things that aren't broken". We may not realize it, but many things in our lives and personalities were always all right, all along. In believing that we should be changed, we may be taking on the opinions of someone else. There might be no need for change at all.

We also may be trying to please people who disapproved of us. Perhaps we're trying to obtain the affection of a parent who always rejected us. But if we're already on a spiritual path and are living rightly, there's no need for change. We'd be trying to fix something that isn't broken.

Action for the Day: I'll accept myself and others as we are today. We are not out to reform anyone, including ourselves.

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One Day At A Time

Only One Reason
I believe we are all sober and alive for only one reason: Our Higher Power and the Universe has a job for us to do.
I have also come to believe that I must please and trust my  
Higher Power first, myself second, and everybody else third.
When I can live and feel that way -- and it isn't all day every day -- things seem to work out.
When I try to run the show, everything goes to hell.
- Came to Believe . . ., p. 97

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

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G O D =
Good Orderly Direction.


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Daily Motivation

Positive about the future

You have a future, and what you do right now makes a difference in how that future will be. You have a future and it is as bright as you choose in the present to make it.

It’s all too easy and all too common to get discouraged about the future. Yet it is just as realistic, and it feels a whole lot better, to be positive about the future.

The way you see your future has a lot to do with the way it unfolds. What you expect plays a key role in what you get.

No, things are never going to work out exactly the way you anticipated. However, you’re much more likely to get to a positive place when you’re moving yourself in a positive direction.

The fact is, right now you can envision any future you choose. So you might as well envision the most joyous, enriching and fulfilling future you can imagine.

Go ahead, let yourself be positive about the future, and act accordingly. It will lift your life higher, both in the present and in the future days to come.

— Ralph Marston

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Daily Motivation 12-9-2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Today's Gift

To do nothing is failure. To try, and in the trying you make some mistakes and then you make some positive changes as a result of those mistakes, is to learn and to grow and to blossom. —Darlene Larson Jenks

Life is a process, one that is continuously changing. And with each change, we are offered unexpected opportunities for growth. Change is what fosters our development. It encourages us to risk new behavior and may even result in some mistakes. Fortunately, no mistakes can seriously hinder us. In fact, most mistakes give us an additional opportunity to learn.

Where we stand today is far removed from our position last year, or even last week. Each and every moment offers us new input that influences any decision from this moment forward. The process that we're participating in guarantees our growth as long as we remain conscious of our opportunities and willingly respond to them. We can be glad that the life process is, in fact, never static. always moving, always inviting us to participate fully.

I will have the courage to make a mistake today. It's a promise of growth.

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


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Keep It Simple

The strongest of all warriors are these two--Time and Patience. -Leo Tolstay

One of the first things we learn about in recovery is time. Before, we may have tried to control time by Pushing it along. We tried to hurry everything and everybody. We wanted our "quick fix." But the program tells us to slow down. Easy Does It.

We probably couldn't picture ourselves staying sober for the rest of our life. So we were told to just work at staying sober today. We learned to work our program One Day at a Time. We were thought that time can be our friend. Times is our Higher Power's way of not having everything happen at once.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, you are my teacher. You are in charge of the lesson. Help me accept this. Teach me how to use my time wisely.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list five ways I use my time in ways that aren't helpful to me. I'll work at making time my friend.

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Thankful
I'm still learning how to be thankful. I must work on defects of character every morning.
Slow down and smell the flowers -- they will surely come to this beautiful valley soon, something to look forward to.
Enjoy the phone calls from friends, as far away as Toronto. I may even learn French.
I have done something with my life, instead of complaining.
I owe it all to that day when a member of AA said to me, "Maybe you'd like to go to AA now."
Thank Goodness I said yes.
- Thank You For Sharing, pp. 196-197

Thought to Ponder . . .
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Achieve Anything.

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Daily Motivation

Not all about you

Let the best of life come from you. But don’t try to make life be all about you.

You are knowledgeable, skilled, resourceful, experienced, creative and worthy of the best in your own unique way. Yet you don’t know it all, and can’t do it all, and wouldn’t even want to.

Much of life’s beauty comes from being a part of something larger than yourself. If you confine yourself inside a tight, impenetrable shell, you miss the best opportunities for fulfillment and enrichment.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to acknowledge and embrace the value of others. Raise up your own life by enthusiastically giving your genuine respect, compassion, cooperation, friendship and love.

Multiply your joy, multiply your opportunities for learning, multiply your effectiveness and your best possibilities. Live beyond yourself, where it’s not all about you.

Living your life can be a miraculous experience. And when you live beyond yourself, life gets even better.

— Ralph Marston