Thursday, July 24, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-24-2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Today's Gift

The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for. --Liv Ullmann

Success may be defined in many ways. In our youth, we may have measured success in terms of having a million dollars, two cars, a swimming pool. But we are coming to believe that success means living an honest life, and relying daily on our Higher Power.

Material success provides momentary pleasures but doesn't leave us with lasting happiness. We've all experienced the rush to buy another "toy," certain an inner void would be filled. Soon, we were tired of it and looking for another distraction.

We are now learning how to fill those voids with genuine sustenance; our daily commitment to our selves and our relationship with our Higher Power.

I will measure my success today by the quality of my spiritual self and relationships with others.

From the book In God's Care by Karen Casey


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The work of adult life is not easy.---Gail Sheehy

We used to look for a easier, softer way. We tried to take care of ourselves by staying clear of hard task. The result? We haven't known what the work of adult life is.

The work of adult life is this: to become spiritually centered. And to do this, we work at getting rid of our self-will. There will be many great rewards for doing this. We will wake up spiritually. We will connect with those we love. The result? We will receive self-love to replace self-will. Our work will not be easy, but it will be rewarding.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to give all to my recovery program. Then help me to be open to the rewards this will bring.

Action for the Day: I will list the hard parts of my program. Then I'll talk about them with my sponsor, friends, family, and Higher Power.

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One Day At A Time

Helping Others
We realize now that we were excessively self-centered,
chiefly concerned about our feelings, our problems, other people's reactions to us,
and our own past and future.
Therefore, trying to get into communication with and help other people is a recovery measure for us,
because it helps take us out of ourselves.
Trying to heal ourselves by helping others works, even when it is an insincere gesture.
Try it some time.
- Living Sober, p. 85

Thought to Ponder . . .
Trust God. Clean house. Help others.

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

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Daily Motivation

Flowing through you

Let the best of life flow through you. Let yourself be a conduit through which life’s amazing substance comes into the world.

Listen, watch, be aware, pay attention, be open, and allow the goodness to come to you. Then let that goodness come from you.

Take in and appreciate what is meaningful, and give it new meaning. Listen to the songs of life and then sing them with your own voice.

Experience the beauty and wonder of life’s abundance that is all around you. Then add to that abundance in your own special way.

Feel how good it feels to be where you are, to be what you’re doing. Then share that feeling in positive, creative and valuable ways.

Find joy as the best of life flows into your life. And delight in adding your own luster to that joy as it flows on far beyond you.

— Ralph Marston




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-23-2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Today's Gift

There is no reality except the one contained within us. —Herman Hesse

Claude Gellee painted lovely pictures of the English countryside. Europeans loved his landscapes with their blue hues and mild distortions. But when the people went for the carriage rides in the country, they were disappointed because it didn't look the way Gellee had painted it. Then someone discovered that if you held blue glass up to your eyes and looked through it, the trees and hills and sky looked just like a Gellee painting! Soon everyone was looking through "Claude glasses" when they traveled.

We often let others do our seeing for us. We get lazy and rely on the images of television and movies, instead of really seeing with our own eyes. Our world becomes distorted and we lose sight of the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Each of us carries reality inside ourselves, and as we grow stronger within, we discover that we can see clearest when we trust our own eyes. There is a glorious world, full and rich, just waiting for us to glimpse it.

Will I see the world through my own eyes today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for. --Liv Ullmann

Success may be defined in many ways. In our youth, we may have measured success in terms of having a million dollars, two cars, a swimming pool. But we are coming to believe that success means staying clean and sober, living an honest life, and relying daily on our Higher Power.

Material success provides momentary pleasures but doesn't leave us with lasting happiness. We've all experienced the rush to buy another "toy," certain an inner void would be filled. Soon, we were tired of it and looking for another distraction.

We are now learning how to fill those voids with genuine sustenance; our daily commitment to the program and our relationship with our Higher Power.

Action for the Day: I will measure my success today by the quality of my life, my sobriety and relationship with my Higher Power.

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One Day At A Time

Humility
The attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of AA's Twelve Steps.
For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober or addict stay clean at all. . .
Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity,
be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 70

Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility is not thinking less of myself, but thinking of my self less.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
C H A N G E =
Choosing Humility Allows New Gifts and Energy.

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Daily Motivation

You can make it better

Maybe you haven’t been knocked off track. Maybe you’ve found a better way.

Perhaps the challenge is not there to punish you. Perhaps it is there to strengthen you.

When something disappointing happens, you don’t have to automatically assume that it’s a negative. In fact, you can find a way to make it a positive.

No, life won’t magically be transformed into a wonderful experience just because you say so. However, there are always plenty of things you can do to make it better and better.

Remind yourself that there’s a positive response to whatever happens, and you’ll find that positive path forward. Commit yourself to making a difference, and you’ll discover countless ways to do so.

No matter what happens, choose to see the positive possibilities. You never have to settle for the way life is, because you can always make it better.

— Ralph Marston


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-22-2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Today's Gift

How I relate to my inner self-influences my relationships with all others. My satisfaction with myself and my satisfaction with other people are directly proportional. —Sue Atchley Ebaugh

Hateful attitudes toward others, resistance to someone's suggestions, jealousy over another person's attractiveness or particular abilities are equally strong indications of the health of our spiritual self. Our security rests with our Higher Power. When that relationship is nurtured, the rewards will be many and satisfactions great.

Our inner selves may need pampering and praise. They have suffered the abuse of neglect for many years, no doubt. In many instances we have chided ourselves, perhaps shamed ourselves. Learning to love our inner selves, recognizing the value inherent in our very existence, takes effort, commitment, and patience - assets we may only just now be developing in this our selves.

Our inner selves are the home of our Spirit wherein our attachment to all strength, all courage, all self-esteem, and all serenity resides. Our Spirit is one with our higher power. We must acknowledge the presence and utilize the comforts offered.

My relationships with others are as healthy and fulfilling as my communication with my Higher Power.


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

The Right Work

The Right Place for my Type

"You cannot change your type, but you can make yourself a brilliant success I that type," Wrote Emmet Fox. This is a reminder for people who are discontented with their lot in life, and this includes most people.

There are many different TYPES of people, and all types are good. We only need t find where our type is required and then do our best in that place. We will have immediate advantages, because all of our energies and talents will then be applied in the right way.

We should never spend a moment envying other types of people who are brilliantly successful in their activities. Our happiness is to be found in our place, not theirs.

Action for the Day: If I'm doing what's right for my type, I'll give it my very best. If I'm in the wrong place, I'll know that my Higher Power is guiding me toward the right outlet for my talents.

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One Day At A Time

Today
But today is always here. Life is daily; today is all we have;
and anybody can go one day without drinking or drugging.
First, we try living in the now just in order to stay clean and sober -- and it works.
Once the idea has become a part of our thinking, we find that living life in 24-hour segments
is an effective and satisfying way to handle many other matters as well.
- Living Sober, p. 7 


Thought to Ponder . . .
Just for today, I choose not to drink or drug.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S I T =
Stay In Today.


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Daily Motivation


Be more

You can be more than you’ve been. You can be more than you’ve even hoped or dreamed or imagined.

You can learn more, do more, achieve more, give more, experience more, laugh more, love more and live more. You’re fully capable of all that, and more.

No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve already done, you can ask more of yourself. Then, you can truly enjoy the experience of making it happen.

By raising your own expectations, you put yourself on track to lift up the whole world. And the world will always welcome some more positive goodness and substance.

Ask more of yourself, of your life, of your skills, resources and time, and then deliver it. Seek to live in a permanent state of growth and improvement, and you will live well indeed.

You can always be more, and do more, and add more to the miracle that is life. Be more, and feel your growing positive energy as it fills your world.

— Ralph Marston




Monday, July 21, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-21-2014

Monday, July 21, 2014
Today's Gift

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. --Albert Einstein

We are not always clear about what we are experiencing, or why.

In the midst of grief, transition, transformation, learning, healing, or discipline - it's difficult to have perspective.

That's because we have not learned the lesson yet. We are in the midst of it. The gift of clarity has not yet arrived.

Our need to control can manifest itself as a need to know exactly what's going on. We cannot always know. Sometimes, we need to let ourselves be and trust that clarity will come later, in retrospect.

If we are confused, that is what we are supposed to be. The confusion is temporary. We shall see. The lesson, the purpose, shall reveal itself - in time, in its own time.

It will all make perfect sense - later.

Today, I will stop straining to know what I don't know, to see what I can't see, to understand what I don't yet understand. I will trust that being is sufficient, and let go of my need to figure things out.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. ---Gore Vidal

Many of us used a "know it all" act to keep people away. We kept everyone around us on edge. They were afraid of our judgments, just we were secretly afraid of theirs. Why were we so busy with everyone else's life? So we didn't have to look at our own! We were afraid of what was happening to us. But we didn't want to see how sick we were becoming. Now we're not afraid. We don't need to keep people away. We don't need to run their lives. We have our life to live. And we're enjoying it.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, You are the expert, not me. Teach me. I am Your student.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list the ways I chased away those who cared about me. I'll work on the Steps on these items for the next week.

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One Day At A Time

Instincts
Creation gave us instincts for a purpose. Without them we wouldn't be complete human beings. . .
Yet, these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceed their proper functions. . .
Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct.
When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 42

Thought to Ponder . . .
Once we understand ourselves, the rest of living falls in line.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
ttitude Adjustment.

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Daily Motivation

Make a new adventure

The possibility for adventure is here and now. Put some in your life today.

Don’t settle for a day that’s just like the day before. Make the decision and make the effort to put some real adventure in it.

Get yourself in a position to experience life in a way you’ve never experienced it before. Do something that you can get excited and enthusiastic about, and that you can treasure for a long time to come.

You don’t have to travel to exotic places or get yourself in tight situations to enjoy a good adventure. Simply get a little bit outside your comfort zone, reminding yourself that you’re perfectly capable of enjoying new and different experiences.

A good adventure will deepen your appreciation for the life you’re so fortunate to have, and for the possibilities available to you. So step away from your comfortable routine and feel the thrill of a new and exciting challenge.

See today as an opportunity for adventure, and make that adventure happen. Make a new adventure, and add new richness to life.

— Ralph Marston




Friday, July 18, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-18-2014

Friday, July 18, 2014
Today's Gift

The great end of life is not knowledge but action. —Thomas Huxley

Sometimes we have good ideas about how to make things better. We might know we need to spend more quality time with others. We might know it would be better if mealtime was not so hectic and really became a time for sharing the day's events. Knowing what needs to happen is part of the process of change. But we have to put that knowledge into action.

All our good intentions, no matter what they may be, do not really mean anything until we move into action. A hug is better than a thought of love; a story read together is better than a wonderful vacation that did not get past the planning stage, just as a finished house is something we can live in, while the blueprint is soon forgotten. When we act on our ideas, we put ourselves into the world as a force for change.

What change can I set loose in the world today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Keep It Simple

Have the courage to act instead of react. --Darlene Larson Jenks

Taking the time to be thoughtful about our responses to the situations we encounter offers us the freedom to make choices that are right for us. Impulsive behavior can be a thing of our past, if we so choose. It seldom was the best response for our well being.

Decision-making is morale boosting. It offers us a chance to exercise our personal powers, an exercise that is mandatory for the healthy development of our egos. We need to make careful, thoughtful choices because they will further define our characters. Each action we take clearly indicates the persons we are becoming. When we have consciously and deliberately chosen that action because of its rightness for us, we are fully in command of becoming the persons we choose to be.

Our actions reveal who we are, to others and ourselves. We need never convey an inaccurate picture of ourselves. We need only take the time and risk the courage necessary to behave exactly as we choose. We will know a new freedom when we are in control.

Action for the Day: I will exercise my power to act and feel the fullness of my being.

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One Day At A Time

Fundamental
Deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of a Higher Power.
It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things,
but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves,
and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives,
are facts as old as man himself. 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 55 

Thought to Ponder . . .
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = Found Always In Trusting Him.

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Daily Motivation

Big value from small opportunities

Sometimes the opportunities that seem the smallest are the best. For they’re the opportunities that have the most room for growth.

The biggest, most obvious opportunities attract a great deal of attention. That can make them fiercely competitive because of all the people who seek to make the most of them.

Small opportunities can go largely unnoticed. Yet for someone who makes the effort to see it, a small opportunity can be an ideal platform on which to build great value.

Small opportunities are numerous and widely available. You could spend your whole life waiting for a big opportunity, while many small opportunities come along every day.

Small opportunities usually offer more latitude, flexibility and room for creativity. With small opportunities you can make the most of your own unique passion and purpose.

Open your eyes to the abundance of seemingly small opportunities that arrive in your world on a daily basis. For even with small opportunities you can create big value.

— Ralph Marston



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-17-2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Today's Gift

When you feel rejected, start accepting yourself, and then go out and accept someone. —Sondra Ray

There was once a mother who felt rejected when her children grew up and needed to separate from her. She felt hurt when they pushed her away and no longer wanted all the love and caring that she wanted to give them. She thought, What's wrong with me?

Encouraged by her friends, she began to ask herself another question: What's right with me? The more answers she found to that question, the better she liked herself. The better she liked herself, the more she was able to see her children's need to separate from her as their own natural and healthy urge for independence, and not the result of her shortcomings.

Our good points may seem undesirable to others, but that's not our fault. Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be inappropriate, but that doesn't make it bad.

What's right with me today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.---Marie Curie

We have many sides, some good, and some bad. Maybe we're afraid to see our faults. But we don't need to be afraid. After all, we need to know our dark side before we can change it. When we see ourselves clearly, we can stop our dark side from causing trouble.

When we shine light on our fears and secrets, we'll begin to feel better about ourselves. We'll feel more safe about sharing our worries. The more honest we are with ourselves and others, the better and stronger we become. The goodness and love in us will blossom. We have a Higher Power and a program to help us.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be brave enough to see myself clearly. Gently teach me to see who I really am. Help me know enough to stay sober today.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll look myself in the eyes. I'll spend two minutes looking into my eyes in a mirror. I'll talk to my sponsor about what I see.

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One Day At A Time

Step Seven
"Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."
To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble,
to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit,
to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself,
takes most of us a long, long time.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 73

Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility is not thinking less of myself, but thinking of myself less.

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


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Daily Motivation

Be the positive difference

When it’s difficult to be positive, that’s when being positive can make the biggest difference. When you don’t feel like being focused and disciplined, that’s when focus and discipline can profoundly improve things.

Just because conditions are extremely challenging, doesn’t mean you have to be negative about them. You have an opportunity to make a positive difference, and the best way to do that is to be the positive difference.

Let your attitude be based on the best possibilities, rather than dictated by the worst problems. When things are not they way you’d like them to be, then be completely different than the way things are.

Take it upon yourself to be the positive difference. Focus your energy on forging your way forward, and make the choice to take everything else in stride.

If everything were perfect, you’d have nothing useful to do. Be truly thankful for the opportunity to be useful, and vigorously seize that opportunity.

Be the difference, see a better world, and work to bring that better world to life. Be the difference, and make the positive difference that you’re here to make.

— Ralph Marston





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-16-2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Today's Gift

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by. —Carl Sandburg

There is a song that says joy is like the rain. It comes across our windowpane and then goes away again. When joy comes knocking at our window we can reach out and let it in. Joy comes to us in many ways - through deep laughter, through games played together in a spirit of fun and sharing. Singing together, skating, and being around a campfire are all ways we share joy. Yet joy can also be felt alone.

Each moment of joy we reach for strengthens our spirits. Joyful memories can sustain us through days of long hard work. Like rain, joy comes and goes; yet its nourishment keeps our spirits alive.

How can I share my joy today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©




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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple


We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. --Will Rogers

Humility is being thankful for the chance to watch the parade. There were days we thought that all that counted were the heroes. But our program has no heroes. It has many fine, spiritual people. . . but no heroes.

When someone is needed to make coffee or pick up after a meeting, we can be willing to do those things. Let's look at doing these little jobs as our way of looking for a good spot on the curb. . . .to watch the parade! The floats are so colorful, and the bands play so loud!

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be proud of who I am, instead of always putting myself down because I'm not who I "should" be.

Action for the Day: I will look and help someone today. Service to others is service to my Higher Power.

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One Day At A Time


Freedom
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83-84

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

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

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Daily Motivation

Help make the world

Your laughter will inspire the world today. Let it ring loudly and often.

Your thankfulness will give life its beauty today. Your love makes the entirety of existence worth all the trouble.

Your actions will make life richer today. Your thoughts and words and feelings will bring new substance to the wonder that is life.

Your awareness will inform and improve things. Your curiosity will make a whole new set of experiences possible.

Whatever you do will matter very much, going far beyond you and coming back in wonderful ways you cannot even imagine. So do, and do, and do some more, with authentic joy and boundless, delighted generosity.

Your life will help make the world what it is today. Live it for all it can be, and more.

— Ralph Marston



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-15-2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Today's Gift

There is nothing you can say in answer to a compliment. I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough. —Mark Twain

Hearing the good words and praise of another person is harder for some of us to accept than criticism and abuse. Perhaps it is easier to receive what we are accustomed to, or maybe we feel a loss of control when someone compliments us. This is a time for us to begin accepting others' actions. We do not need to be in control of our relationships at all times. When friends offer sincere compliments, we don't need to push them away or brush them off.

All we need to do is allow others' positive messages to come into us. In a good relationship we listen to the feelings of our friends, and sometimes that means truly listening as they tell us their good feelings about us.

Today, I will be open to the compliments that come my way without controlling them.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The trouble is not that we are never happy--it is that happiness is so episodical. --Ruth Benedict

Happiness is our birthright. The decision to be happy is ours to make, every day, when confronted with any experience. Too many of us grew up believing that life needed to be a certain way for us to be happy. We looked for the right lover, the right job, and the right dress. We looked outside of ourselves for the key to happiness. In time, we even looked to alcohol, drugs, and food perhaps--to no avail.

Happiness lies within. We must encourage it to spring forth. But first we need to believe that happiness is fully within our power. We must trust that the most difficult circumstances won't keep it from us when we have learned to tap the source within.

Life is a gift we are granted moment-by-moment. Let us be in awe of the wonder of it, and then revel in it. We can marvel at creation for a moment and realize how special we are to be participants. Happiness will overcome us if we let it. We can best show our gratitude for the wonder of this gift by smiling within and without.

Action for the Day: That I am here is a wonderful mystery to which joy is the natural response. It is no accident that I am here.

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One Day At A Time

Complacency
Following the principles laid out in the Big Book has not always been comfortable,
nor will I claim perfection.
I have yet to find a place in the Big Book that says,
"Now that you have completed the Steps; have a nice life."
The program is a plan for a lifetime of daily living.
There have been occasions when the temptation to slack off has won.
I view each of these as learning opportunities.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 317

Thought to Ponder . . .
There are no endings ... only new beginnings.

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


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Daily Motivation

Feel life getting better

Are your feelings held hostage by an uncaring, unpredictable world? They don’t have to be.

Are you joyful only when certain things happen, and sad when other things happen? There is a much better way.

Yes, negative things will happen and it is natural to be disappointed by them. Wonderful things will happen, and it is great to express joy.

But you don’t have to let the negative things keep you down. And you don’t have to hope or wait or beg for the good things in order to be joyful.

You can feel the way you choose to feel, no matter what may be going on around you. That doesn’t mean you are uncaring, but rather that you are intentional in the way you care.

Make positive use of that intention to choose the feelings that will improve the situation for everyone. Feel life getting better, act on your feelings, and make your world a more positive place.

— Ralph Marston




Monday, July 14, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-14-2014

Monday, July 14, 2014
Today's Gift

Through spontaneity we are reformed into ourselves. Freed from handed-down frames of reference, spontaneity becomes the moment of personal freedom when we are faced with a reality, explore it, and act accordingly. —Viola Spolin

Living in the here and the now opens up untold possibilities for new growth. Our inner self is enticed in new directions when our attention is fully in the present. When our minds are still on last night's argument or tomorrow's board meeting, we wear blinders to the activity at hand. And our Higher Power, as our teacher and protector, resides in this experience, in the hearts of these people present.

Every single moment has something for us. Maybe a new piece of information. A piece that solves a problem that's been puzzling us. Perhaps a chance to make a new friend, one who will be there in a time of need.

Letting go of yesterday frees us. We need not be burdened. It is gone. Our lives could be eased, so much, if we kept our focus on the experience at hand, where the problems we ponder have their solutions. Always.

I will greet today, skipping, smiling, ready for the answers, the truths, the directions meant only for me. The wonders of today will bless me.

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

Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind. —Alice Meyvell

It's thought that Abe Lincoln once said, "We're as happy as we make up our minds to be." In other words, we decide to be happy. Bad weather, lost toys, broken plans, even angry friends don't have to ruin our own happiness unless we let them. We're always in control of our own thoughts and feelings, and happiness is a feeling we can choose even when others around us have chosen to be angry or sad. Even when the day is gloomy and none of our plans are working out, we can still be cheerful if we decide to be. How lucky we are that someone else can't decide for us how to feel. We'd be nothing more than robots if that were true.


Action for the Day: I am ready to make this day a happy one!

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One Day At A Time

Turning Points
Every day I stand at turning points.
My thoughts and actions can propel me toward growth or turn me down the road to old habits and to booze and drugs.
Sometimes turning points are beginnings,
as when I decide to start praising, instead of condemning someone. . .
At other times turning points are endings,
such as when I see clearly the need to stop festering resentments or crippling self-seeking.
- Daily Reflections, p. 15

Thought to Ponder . . .
May the road always lead where you need to be.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
ttitude Adjustment.


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Daily Motivation

Allow the meaning

Make this day meaningful by allowing it to be meaningful. Instead of striving to invent some grand purpose, accept that there is a grand purpose and go with it.

Rather than making judgments about the meaning of whatever you’re experiencing, simply be thankful to be experiencing it. There is great meaning to be found and felt in the living of each moment.

See that life, in whatever form it takes, in whatever circumstance it exists, has profound and intrinsic meaning. Nothing is trivial when you fully appreciate how it makes you feel.

You are here to experience the inscrutable, miraculous condition that is life, from a truly unique perspective. Embrace the opportunity, and live fully the meaning that is surely there.

Listen, love, taste, hear, give, understand, work, play and live the meaning as it flows forth. Up and down, sweet and sour, simple, difficult, soft, hard and whatever may happen all bring new richness and meaning.

Let life be meaningful, for it is, and will be, no matter what. Allow the meaning, and enjoy the ride.

— Ralph Marston




Friday, July 11, 2014

Daily Motivation 7-11-2014

Friday, July 11, 2014
Today's Gift

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. --Antoine de St. Exupery

A tuning fork is a small tool that is used to tune musical instruments. It is tapped softly and then set down. As it vibrates, it gives off a musical tone. When its vibrations perfectly match the vibrations of the note played on the instrument, the instrument is in tune. When the note matches the tuning fork, this can be both felt and heard.

Our hearts work like a tuning fork. When the heart feels completely in tune with a decision or thought or action in our lives, then we know it is the right one for us. We can actually feel the harmony inside our bodies.

Sometimes what we know deep in our hearts gets clouded over by doubts and questions and other people's opinions and judgments. We need to clear away such clouds and listen to our hearts, for our hearts carry the wisdom of our Higher Power.

Am I in tune with my heart today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

If you would be loved, love and be lovable.---Benjamin Franklin

We all want to be loved. and no matter how much we're loved, we always want more.
How can we be lovable? What does the mean? Should we try to be perfect? Should we act cute and helpless? No, being lovable means that we act ourselves. We let others get to know us. When others love us, we enjoy it. We tell them. We let them know that their love isn't wasted on us, that it's important to us. We are lovable, and we are loved!

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me accept the love of others today. Help me be lovable.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list all the little things others do that show that they care for me.

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One Day At A Time

Ego
I am still arrogant, egocentric, self-righteous, with no humility, even phony at times,
but I'm trying to be a better person and help my fellowman.
Guess I'll never be a saint, but whatever I am, I want to be sober and in AA.
The words "alcoholic" and "addict" do not turn me off any more;
in fact, they're music to my ears when it applies to me.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 382 

Thought to Ponder . . .
The ego seeks the destination; the soul seeks the journey.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P R I D E = Personal Recovery Involves Deflating Ego.

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Daily Motivation

Let love

Let love touch you and heal you. Let love lift you and inspire you.

Let love ease your worries and calm your fears. Let love give you a reason to persist.

Let love fill you with courage and confidence and positive purpose. Let love fill you with peace.

When your mind is tied in knots with anger, frustration or anxiety, let love wash those negative thoughts away. Feel love, and feel much better.

Feel love, and feel an empowering connection to all that is. Give love, and give the best of who you are.

Let love be, in all its splendor. Let love live and grow in you always.

— Ralph Marston