Monday, March 30, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-30-2015

Monday, March 30, 2015
Today's Gift

We all carry it within us: supreme strength, the fullness of wisdom, unquenchable joy. It is never thwarted and cannot be destroyed. But it is hidden deep, which is what makes life a problem. —Huston Smith

How does a man lose touch with his strength, his wisdom, his joy? Perhaps it is in the nature of humanity. Our most profound qualities are hidden deep. They never go away, but we cannot always find them. There may be nothing wrong with ourselves as men when we lose touch. It doesn't have to mean that we are a "bad person" for getting depressed or for feeling inadequate. Who doesn't have that problem? It is the nature of life that we sometimes feel this way.

When we cannot find those reassuring feelings of strength and wisdom and joy, we may think they are gone forever. We even doubt we ever had them or could have them again. But they are still there. They cannot be destroyed. And when we regain contact we know they have been with us all along.

I will have faith that the innermost places in me can never be destroyed.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Spirituality is...the awareness that survival is a savage fight between you and yourself.---Lisa S.

As recovering people, we're getting stronger each day. We go to meetings to learn how to be better people. But we also go to remind ourselves of the beast inside us---our addiction. This beast is waiting for us to slip---to go back to our addiction---so it can regain control.

Thus ,it's wise to learn all we can about our disease. That's why it's important to do a good job on our Fourth Step. When we work Step Four, we learn how our addiction acts, thinks, and feels. With the help of our program, we can quiet the beast. One Day at a Time.,

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I'm fighting for my life. Thanks to You, I'm winning today and my life is free.

Action for the Day: I'll talk to a friend about my addiction, the beast inside me. I'll do this so it will have less power over me.

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One Day At A Time

Perfection
There would be no music if high C were the only note, no art if spectrum red were the only color, no joy in pleasure if pleasure were the only feeling -- and, paradoxically, there would be no perfection without imperfection.
What does this mean to me? Well, first it means that I don't have to be perfect.
All I have to do is grow at a pace natural to me -- and that is all I have a right to expect of others.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 61

Thought to Ponder . . .
Give me the courage to be imperfect.

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

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Daily Motivation

Happy with what you have

The only way you’ll ever be happy is to be happy with what you have. You can be happy this very instant if you’ll simply be happy with what you have.

Being happy with what you have doesn’t prevent you from creating more. In fact, it puts you in a powerful position to add new value to your world and your life.

When you’re happy with what you have, you’re deeply in touch with life’s abundance. Within that abundance is every good possibility.

Be happy, and thankful, for the way life is. It will open your eyes to the best possibilities for the way life can be.

There is great value in whatever you already have. The way to see that value, and to make full use of it, is to be happy with what you have.

Life’s richness is yours the moment you allow it. Be happy with what you have, and nothing can stop you from having it all.

— Ralph Marston



Friday, March 27, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-27-2015

Friday, March 27, 2015
Today's Gift

It takes time, love, and support to find peace with the restless one. —Deidra Sarault

Restlessness is born of frustration. Perhaps we want to move ahead with our lives more quickly. Does a job have us trapped? Do past troubles haunt us still? Maybe perfectionism tarnishes every attempt to achieve. We can learn from our restlessness, if we let it guide us to our inner reservoir of peace and spiritual support.

The search for serenity often takes us farther from it. We mistakenly think a different job or home or relationship will answer all our needs. But we find that our restlessness has accompanied us to our new surroundings. Peace has its home within. And prayer opens the door to it. In the stillness of our patience, we are privy to its blessing.

Restlessness indicates our distance from our Higher Power. It may be time for a change in our lives. Change is good; however, our relationship with our Higher Power will vouchsafe any needed changes. Restlessness is self-centered and will only hamper the steps we may need to take.

Restlessness is a barometer that reveals my spiritual health. Perhaps prayer and/or meditation is called for today.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk in Dry Places

Accepting life

If it works, don't fix it.
A lot of things in life are all right just as they are. This is hard to understand in a world that puts high value on improvement and progress, but since there are so many things that do need fixing, it's best not to tamper with things that are working.

Sometimes we think something should be changed in another person's life. Two AA members decided, for example, that a mutual AA friend deserved higher status employment than what he was doing. They seized upon an unusual profession that seemed to fit his talents and interests, and were disappointed and even a bit offended when he decided he wasn't interested. He continued to follow his regular trade until his retirement thirty years later.

In truth, there had really been nothing that needed "fixing" in his choice of a vocation. He had been earning a living doing very honest but difficult work. It was somewhat presumptuous of his friends to outline a new career for him, and it could have led to considerable harm.

Let's leave people and things alone unless our help is requested and something really does need fixing.

Action for the Day: I'll look around today and notice the things in my life that are working well and really don't need changing. Then I'll focus my attention on the things that really should be fixed.

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One Day At A Time

'Cafeteria Style'
Sometimes an AA member will talk about taking the various parts of the program in cafeteria style -- selecting what he likes and letting alone what he does not want.
Maybe others will come along and pick up the unwanted parts -- or maybe that member himself will go back later and take some of the ideas he previously rejected.
However, it is good to remember the temptation in a cafeteria is to pick up nothing but a lot of desserts or starches or salads or some other food we particularly like.
It serves as an important reminder to us to keep a balance in our lives.
- Living Sober, pp. 2-3

Thought to Ponder . . .
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

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

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Daily Motivation

Be of good cheer

Be of good cheer today, no matter what life hands you. Be of good cheer, because it’s a whole lot more effective than the alternative.

The situation may be challenging, but you don’t have to let it ruin your enjoyment of the moment. Life may have given you disappointment, but you don’t have to perpetuate that disappointment.

The best thing you can do when things go wrong is to think and speak and act as if things will get better. And when you do, more likely than not, things will get better.

A negative situation is not made better by a negative attitude. What will actually do some good is to turn the situation on its head by being positive about it.

Be of good cheer, and see what a difference it can make. Be of good cheer, and add something positive to every place you go.

Be of good cheer, not because you don’t know any better, but because you do. Be of good cheer, and be the difference that turns things around in a positive way.

— Ralph Marston




Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-26-2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Today's Gift

To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives; it is the only way we can leave the future open. —Lillian Smith

Today stands before us, ready for our involvement. And it will offer us opportunities for personal growth and occasions to help another make progress on their path to the future. Challenges are to be expected. They further our purpose. They foster our maturity.

How different it is, for many of us, to look forward to today with secure anticipation, to trust in what the future holds! We can still remember, all too vividly perhaps, the darker periods in our lives, periods that seemed to hold no promise; a time when we dreaded the future, fearing it would only compound those awful times.

The fear and the dread are not gone completely. They hover about us, on occasion. They no longer need to darken all of a day, however. We can recognize their presence as parts of our whole, not all of it. How free we are, today! Our choices are many.

I can step toward today with assurance, reaching out to others along the way, trusting that my accumulated steps add stability to my future.

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


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Keep It Simple

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.---Eugene Delacroix

Trying to be prefect puts distance between us and our Higher Power. Trying to be perfect shows we're ashamed of being human. In recovery, we accept that we're human. We try to be the best human we can be. We used to get high to feel powerful and god-like. But God is not just power. God is also gentleness. Gentleness and love are the power we look for on recovery. We work to be human. We work to know the loving, gentle side of ourselves and our Higher Power. Remember, if we try to be god, we'll fail. If we try to be human, we'll win.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me give up trying to be perfect. Help me always keep in mind that I'm human---which means, I'm not perfect.

Action for the Day: Part of being human is making mistakes. Today, I'll see my mistakes as chances to learn.

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One Day At A Time

Concept
My friend suggested what seemed then a novel idea. He said, "Why don't you choose your own conception of a Higher Power?" That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 12

Thought to Ponder . . .
Take a walk with your Higher Power. They will meet you at where you're at.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = For All, I Trust Him/Her.

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Daily Motivation

The choices you’ve made

Experience will show which choices have helped you. To learn from experience, decide to keep making those choices.

Experience will tell you which choices have held you back. To benefit from even your negative experiences, remember to avoid those same kinds of choices.

The choices you’ve made have brought you to where you are. Now, looking at those choices can show you how to get where you want to go.

You’ve experienced the reality of what works and what doesn’t. So the choices you now make can be far more informed than those in your past.

You’ve earned the ability to be very clear in your vision for the best life can be. And you’ve earned the ability to make the choices that will actually get you there.

Look back at the choices you’ve made, and consider what they have brought you. They’ll help you know what’s best to choose now.

— Ralph Marston



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-25-2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Today's Gift

I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

What if we knew for certain that everything we're worried about today will work out fine?

What if . . . we had a guarantee that the problem bothering us would be worked out in the most perfect way, and at the best possible time? Furthermore, what if we knew that three years from now we'd be grateful for that problem, and its solution?

What if . . . we knew that even our worst fear would work out for the best?

What if . . . we had a guarantee that everything that's happening, and has happened, in our life was meant to be, planned just for us, and in our best interest?

What if . . . we had a guarantee that the people we love are experiencing exactly what they need in order to become who they're intended to become? Further, what if we had a guarantee that others can be responsible for themselves, and we don't have to control or take responsibility for them?

What if . . . we knew the future was going to be good, and we would have an abundance of resources and guidance to handle whatever comes our way?

What if . . . we knew everything was okay, and we didn't have to worry about a thing? What would we do then?

We'd be free to let go and enjoy life.

Today, I will know that I don't have to worry about anything. If I do worry, I will do it with the understanding that I am choosing to worry, and it is not necessary.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

On occasion I realize it's easier to say the serenity prayer and take that leap of faith than it is to continue doing what I'm doing. --S.H.

The pain of change is a reality. But so is the pain of no change--when change is called for. In spite of our desires, changing others will never be an option, whereas changing ourselves takes only a decision and is a choice always available.

We can take an inventory for a moment. What are we presently doing that makes us ashamed or angry or fearful? We can let go of that behavior and responsibly choose a new tack. If strength is needed, or confidence to try a new behavior, we can simply ask that it be ours. The Third Step promises that our lives are in our Higher Power's care and our needs are always being attended to--not always our wants, but in every instance our needs.

Most of our struggles, today as in the past, are attached to persons and situations we are trying to forcibly control. How righteous our attitudes generally are! And so imposing is our behavior that we are met with resistance, painful resistance. Our recourse is now and always to "accept those things we cannot change, and willingly change that which we can." Our personal struggles will end when we are fully committed to the Serenity Prayer.


Action for the Day: I will remember that the wisdom "to know the difference" is mine today.

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One Day At A Time

Patience
I had to find my own personal skid row before I became willing to let the seeds of patience, tolerance, humility, unselfishness, honesty, love, purity and charity grow within myself.
And as long as I keep the weeds of resentment, envy, selfishness, pride, anger, impatience and misunderstanding from choking out these healthy seedlings; keep them fed and watered with regular attendance at meetings, open-minded attentiveness to the speakers, and constant association with other AAs, I am sure that this formula will help me to recognize and accept my Higher Poer's will and give me the courage and wisdom to carry it out.
The AA Grapevine, September 1955

Thought to Ponder . . .
Patience, tolerance, understanding and love are the watchwords.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P U T = P
atience, Understanding, Tolerance.

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Daily Motivation

Just right

You’re not too old, too young, too rich, too poor, too big or too small, too outgoing or too shy, too ambitious or too lazy. You’re you, and you are just right.

You’ve learned from what you’ve done and from the consequences you’ve experienced, and now you’re ready to move forward with that accumulation of wisdom. Instead of judging what and where you’ve been, put your focus on visualizing what you can now do.

Don’t get caught up in deciding whether you have too much or too little. Simply decide what the best next step is, and take it.

If you’re constantly comparing yourself with others, you’re missing the point. You are who you are, and there’s enormous value in that, and it’s time to give your own special gifts to life.

Find great delight in fellowship with others, but don’t feel like you have to imitate them. The best thing you have to offer is you, so let go of the pretenses and worries and just have fun being yourself.

You are perfectly positioned to have a positive and unique impact on the world. So instead of fretting about being too much of this or that, just accept the way you are at this moment in time and do something wonderful with it all.

— Ralph Marston


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-24-2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Today's Gift

We are the greatest things that will ever happen to us. Believe it. It makes life much easier. —Codependent No More

It is time to stop this nonsense of running around picking on ourselves.

We may have walked through much of our life apologizing for ourselves either directly or indirectly - feeling less valuable than others, believing that they know better than we do, and believing that somehow others are meant to be here and we are not.

We have a right to be here.

We have a right to be ourselves. We are here. There is a purpose, a reason, and an intention for our life. We do not have to apologize for being here or being who we are.

We are good enough, and deserving.

Others do not have our magic. We have our magic. It is in us.

It doesn't matter what we've done in our past. We all have a past, woven with mistakes, successes, and learning experiences. We have a right to our past. It is ours. It has worked to shape and form us. As we progress on this journey, we shall see how each of our experiences will be turned around and used for good.

We have already spent too much time being ashamed, being apologetic, and doubting the beauty of ourselves. Be done with it. Let it go. It is an unnecessary burden. Others have rights, but so do we. We are neither less than nor more than. We are equal. We are who we are. That is whom we were created and intended to be.

That, my friend, is a wonderful gift.

Higher Power, help me own my power to love and appreciate myself. Help me give myself validity instead of looking to others to do that.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Keep It Simple

Love has a hundred gentle ends. --Leonora Speyer

Letting go is a process that is seldom easy. For many, its meaning is elusive. How do we "let go"? Letting go means removing our attention from a particular experience or person and putting our focus on the here and now. We hang on to the past, to past hurts, but also to past joys. We have to let the past pass. The struggle to hang on to it, any part of it, clouds the present. You can't see the possibilities today is offering if your mind is still drawn to what was.

Letting go can be a gentle process. Our trust in our higher power and our faith that good will prevail, in spite of appearances, eases the process. And we must let each experience end, as its moment passes, whether it is good or bad, love or sorrow. It helps to remember that all experiences contribute to our growth and wholeness. No experience will be ignored by the inner self who is charting our course. All are parts of the journey. And every moment has a gentle end, but no moment is forgotten.

Action for the Day: My journey today is akin to yesterday's journey and tomorrow's too. I will savor each moment and be ready for the next.

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One Day At A Time

Courage
Before we could recognize the illness in ourselves, we had to unload this tired old myth:
It would be a sign of shameful weakness to admit that we couldn't handle the sauce any more (if we ever could).
Weakness? Actually, it takes considerable courage to stare unblinkingly at the hard truth,
sparing nothing, without excuses, and without kidding ourselves.
- Living Sober, p. 72

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I have the courage to begin, I have the courage to succeed.

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

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Daily Motivation

Outdated assumptions

Every assumption you have is based on what you’ve experienced in the past. The world has changed since you formed your assumptions, and perhaps it is time for some of those assumptions to change, too.

Assumptions save you the time and trouble of thinking through every decision and impression. Yet there are times when it would be much better to think than to assume.

Many assumptions are so deeply ingrained that you don’t even realize you have them. Stand back, put some effort into examining your assumptions, and you’ll likely find some opportunities for improvement you never even knew you had.

If there’s something that frustrates you, there’s a good possibility that a change in your assumptions could ease that frustration. If you feel stuck, or ineffective, or unsure of what direction to go, it could be an outdated assumption that’s responsible.

Each time the sun rises, life presents you with a fresh, new day. Let it serve as a reminder of the value that can come from a fresh, new perspective.

Some assumptions can serve you well, and yet there are, right now, many assumptions holding you back. Be willing to be honest with yourself, to discard the assumptions that no longer work, and to see life in a new, empowering way.

— Ralph Marston



Monday, March 23, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-23-2015

Monday, March 23, 2015
Today's Gift

It feels so good to cry. . . —Susan Cygnet

Some of us were taught that it's bad to express our feelings directly - crying, wailing, jumping up and down for joy--that it's good manners to talk softly, slowly, and politely and to sit still.

But what happens to our feelings when we sit still? If they don't get expressed, they must be caught inside our bodies. Trapped feelings are like birds in a cage, or a rabbit in a trap--they try to get out any way they can. They peck on our heads and give us headaches. They scratch at our stomachs and make us hurt.

We must let them out. We must laugh and cry. Then our bodies will be happy, and our feelings will curl up in our laps like happy puppies.

Am I ignoring the physical symptoms of trapped feelings?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Keep It Simple

If anything, we have tended to be people who have wanted it all now. To hope is not to demand. ---On hope

Maybe we were a bit demanding. Maybe we were a bit impatient. Maybe that’s why we such little hope.
Hope is believing good will, even in bad times. Hope is knowing that “this too, shall pass.” Hope is knowing that no mater how afraid we are, our Higher power will be with us. Hope is knowing we never have to be alone again. It is knowing that time is o our side. Hope is giving up control. Hope is knowing we never had control in the first place. Hope is believing in ourselves. Hope is what our program is all about.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, in our program we share our experiences, our strengths, and our hopes. Thank you for giving all three of these to me to share.

Action for the Day: I will share my hope for the future with myself, my Higher Power, and my friends. I also will share this with someone who has lost hope.

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One Day At A Time

Righteous Indignation
The positive value of righteous indignation is theoretical -- especially for alcoholics.
It leaves every one of us open to the rationalization that we may be as angry as we like
provided we can claim to be righteous about it.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 58

Thought to Ponder . . .
Those who anger me, conquer me.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A N G E R =
A Negative Grudge Endangers Recovery.

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Daily Motivation

Feel by choice

If you would like to feel good about today, go ahead. You can choose to feel whatever you want to feel.

It may seem that your feelings are dictated by the situation, but that does not necessarily have to be the case. You can decide to transform the situation so it aligns with your chosen feelings and expectations.

Feelings are a powerful part of your life, and you can take control of that power. You can base your feelings more on inside intentions than on outside influences.

You don’t have to arrange the world in a particular way just to create a desired feeling. Instead, go ahead, allow the feeling, and then let the positive power of that feeling flow into your world.

Feel by choice, not by chance. Choose your feelings based not on what has happened, but based on what you wish to do with all that’s now available to you.

You are empowered to make life great, so feel that power. Feel the positive possibilities of now, and experience yourself bringing them to life.

— Ralph Marston



Friday, March 20, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-20-2015

Friday, March 20, 2015
Today's Gift

New life comes from shedding old skins and pressing through the darkness toward the light. Spring is the season of new beginnings and of growth. —Karen Kaiser Clark

All of us have had great turning points in our lives. In these new beginnings we have pressed onward or groped through the darkness, hoping to find the light, much like a new sprout arising from the cold soil in spring. Our life has pointed us toward the light. As a spiritually alive person, we also have smaller beginnings all the time. Spring exists for us on the inside regardless of the time of year.

On this particular day, we can think about the changes we see growing in our lives. It may be unclear to some of us just what is changing or how. We may not be able to name the change or describe it until it's in the past. Springtime brings a feeling of liberation, and our eternal growth frees us from muddled thinking, denial, and dysfunctional behaviors.

I am thankful for new beginnings in the world and the eternal spring within my being.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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Keep It Simple

With each sunrise, we start anew. ----Anonymous

Like a tree, our life depends on new growth. There are many ways to bring new ideas and growth into our lives. We can attend Twelve Step retreats. We can study books and tapes on spirituality. We can attend different Twelve Step meetings.

But our spiritual newness may not just come from the Twelve Steps. We can do volunteer work or be active in other types of groups. We need to invite new ideas into our lives. We need to stay open to change. It doesn't matter what renews our spiritual growth. What matters is that we keep our spiritual lives fresh and growing.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, spring is one of the four seasons. Help me feel like spring. Help me to be strong but not stuck Help me be firm yet open to spiritual growth.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll try to do something new. When I get stuck or stubborn, I’ll see that it’s due to my fear of trying new ideas.

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One Day At A Time

Fellowship

I have had my share of problems, heartaches, and disappointments because that is life,
but also I have known a great deal of joy and a peace that is the handmaiden of an inner freedom.
I have a wealth of friends and, with my AA friends, an unusual quality of fellowship.
For, to these people, I am truly related.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 276

Thought to Ponder . . .
A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
E S H = E
xperience, Strength and Hope.


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Daily Motivation

Shimmering sea of abundance

In this moment, there is nothing to worry about. All is as it is, and worry will not change it in the slightest.

In this moment, hope is bright, alive, filling every corner of existence. Now, you can let go of what troubles you and allow the best of what inspires you.

Now, there is no outside influence that can prevent you from giving your best to life. Go ahead and live, love, create, feel, explore, and be fully present in the shimmering sea of abundance and possibility that is now.

There is beauty, here in front of you, that has never been before and will never be again. Enjoy its unique gift, just because you can.

You are more powerful than you have ever realized. Use that power for good, and feel it grow.

All is possible, so choose what is right. And live it with a passion that delights the whole world.

— Ralph Marston




Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-19-2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Today's Gift

The child is an almost universal symbol for the soul's transformation. The child is whole, not yet divided. . .when we would heal the mind. . .we ask this child to speak to us. --Susan Griffin

Was there ever a time when we did not feel divided from ourselves? Occasionally we get a glimpse of what such spiritual wholeness would be like, but most of the time we struggle with feelings of conflict, unevenness, a divided heart. Perhaps, "the child" is a metaphor for a spiritual guide, like our own higher power, that can help us in our journey toward self-acceptance.

"I may not be perfect, but parts of me are excellent," writes author Ashleigh Brilliant. If we can be happy with this proud, funny boast then perhaps we can stop berating ourselves for our imperfections. If we dwell on our own contradictory impulses, we give them too much important, too much power.

Let me trust to my glimpses of harmony and wholeness and be grateful for the richness of my spirit.

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




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Keep It Simple

There's a period of life where we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. --Pearl Bailey

For too many of us, feelings of shame, even self-hatred, are paramount. No one of us has a fully untarnished past. Every man, every woman, even every child experiences regret over some action. We are not perfect. Perfection is not expected in the Divine plan. But we are expected to take our experiences and grow from them, to move beyond the shame of them, to celebrate what they have taught us.

Each day offers us a fresh start at assimilating all that we have been. What has gone before enriches who we are now, and through the many experiences we've survived, we have been prepared to help others, to smooth the way for another woman, perhaps, who is searching for a new direction.

We can let go of our shame and know instead that it sweetens the nuggets of the wisdom we can offer to others. We are alike. We are not without faults. Our trials help another to smoother sailing.

Action for the Day: I will relish the joy at hand. I can share my wisdom. All painful pasts brighten someone's future, when openly shared.

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Silent Revolution
Gradually, in a manner I cannot explain, I began to re-examine the beliefs I had thought beyond criticism.
Almost imperceptibly my whole attitude toward life underwent a silent revolution. I lost many worries and gained confidence.
I found myself saying and thinking things that a short time ago I would have condemned as platitudes!
A belief in the basic spirituality of life has grown and with it belief in a supreme and guiding power for good.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p.107

Thought to Ponder . . .
What are you coming to believe? Belief is a continuing action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Altered Attitudes.


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Daily Motivation

The real, important stuff

If you have to be someone you don’t want to be in order to attain success, is that really success? If you must compromise your values to get what you want, is that really what you want?

What people, ideas, values, passions, interests, places and experiences can you give your unconditional love to? Remind yourself often to focus your awareness, your efforts and your energy on those things.

Life in each moment is a precious opportunity. Give the real, important stuff the attention it deserves.

If you’re getting too stressed out, or frustrated, or cynical, perhaps it’s because you’re too focused on things that fill you with negativity. Step back, think of what truly matters, and put yourself in a more positive mental environment.

You cannot make your life full by putting more and more empty, meaningless things into it. Instead, choose quality, choose substance, and choose to do the things that excite and fulfill the authentic you.

Right now is your sole opportunity to live this day. Live it true to who you are, true to what you believe, and true to all you love.

— Ralph Marston