Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-26-2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Today's Gift

Happiness is a byproduct of an effort to make someone else happy. —Gretta Brooker Palmer

We have striven for happiness, generally in self-centered ways. We expected others to favor us with their attention, for example. Or we waited for invitations or gifts. We have probably tried to buy happiness with the purchase of a new outfit or shoes. Fleeting moments of happiness were gained, that's all. And soon we were discontent once again. And the search was begun anew.

But things have changed for some of us. We are learning, maybe slowly, how to find a more permanent happiness. And we know the happiness that comes from "getting" is elusive. Giving to others, giving attention, sharing hope, sharing our own stories, listening to theirs, is the key to finding the happiness for which we've searched so long. We must get outside of ourselves and focus on another's joy or sorrow. Only then do we get a clear perspective on who we are and the necessary role we play in the lives of others who need our attention and who have a message we also need to hear.

The creative power stirring in me needs recognition. Looking deeply into another person, listening intently to the stirring will elicit joy. I will feel in touch with my own creative power, a lasting thrill, not a fleeting moment of happiness.
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

Nothing that is worth doing can be done alone, but has to be done with others. --Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

We who are blessed with a closely-knit family life, where thoughts and actions can be discussed and developed, are aware that what is given is not as important as what is shared. As we help one another, we learn that sharing can never exist unless we care first. This is the major ingredient of love.

Albert Schweitzer described human service toward a common goal as the greatest of deeds. Charles Dickens assured us that when we lighten the burdens of another; we can never consider ourselves useless. Those of us who are led today may show the way tomorrow. In giving, we receive, and in getting we cannot avoid being givers.
Action for the Day: I will be mindful of what do I receive by giving today.

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One Day At A Time

An Open Channel
I no longer allow others to make decisions for me and then criticize me for it.
Today -- and every day -- with a heart full of gratitude, and a desire for my Higher Power's will to be done through me, my life is worth sharing, especially with my fellow alcoholics and addicts!
Above all, if I do not make a religion out of anything, even AA, then I can be an open channel for my Higher Power's expression.
- Daily Reflections, p. 92

Thought to Ponder . . .
True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.

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

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Daily Motivation

It comes back

You have no way of knowing how or when all the things you do will come back to you. What you can know is that they will.

Some obscure and seemingly useless fact you learn today could end up playing a major role in your life next week, or five years from now. Some small favor that you do tomorrow may come back to you in a few months as a grand opportunity.

You never know exactly how life will reflect back the face you present to it. Yet eventually, and quite faithfully, it does come back to you.

The value that you put into life becomes the value that you experience from life. The more love you give, the more love you are able to know.

Your words do not end when you speak them, and your actions do not stop when you’ve completed them. They go out into life and begin connecting you with the people, circumstances and things that resonate with those words and actions of yours.

Live as though the things you do, in one way or another, will come back to you. For you can be certain that they will.

— Ralph Marston



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-25-2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Today's Gift

You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. —Florida Scott-Maxwell

The search is on. Everyone, everywhere, asks the question at some time, "Who am I?" The events of our past may plague us, but they did contribute to the fullness we feel today. And for them, for their involvement in who we've become, we can be grateful.

Claiming ourselves, the good and the bad, is healing. It's taking responsibility--for where we were and where we're going. Claiming ourselves makes us the active participants in our lives. The choices are many and varied. Not actively participating in life is also a choice. Passivity may have been our dominant choice in years gone by. But now, today, we are choosing action that is healing, and wholeness is the result.

Making myself mine, will exhilarate me. It will give me hope. It will prepare me for anything to come. I will know a new joy.

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

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.---Willaim James

Step Two speaks of believing. For many years, we had given up believing in ourselves, in a Higher Power, and in others. We believed in getting high. Now our program tells us to believe in love. We are lovable, and we can love others without hurting them. Of course, believing is an important part of recovery.

To believe means to put aside our doubts. To believe means to have hope. Believing makes the road a little smoother. So, believing lets the healing happen a little faster. All of this is how we get ready to let in the care of our Higher Power.

Prayer for the Day: I pray for the courage to believe. I'll not let doubt into my heart. I can recover. I can give myself totally to this simple program.

Action for the Day: I'll list four times doubt got in my way. And I'll think of what I can do to not let that happen again.

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One Day At A Time

Came To Believe . . .
What I have come to believe is profound, and my concept and understanding of the program are quite different from what they were before.
My AA way of life now demands constant action -- an active self-honesty and recognition of the necessity for living in day-tight compartments.
In gratitude, I must humbly come to believe every moment of every day.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 96

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

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Action, Belief, Continue.
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Daily Motivation

Choose to do it

You can do it if you choose to do it. So choose now to do it.

Set a goal and make it happen. Keep going until you have it done.

The way forward may involve some complexity and a good deal of effort, yet at its heart it is not complicated. Boiled down to its pure essence, success is just a matter of choosing to make it happen, and then using the best of what you have to get there.

The days ahead will surely pass no matter what you decide to do with them. Decide to make good use of them, to show yourself and all the world how good life can be.

Step decisively away from the excuses, past the doubts and beyond your hesitation. Step into a satisfying sense of momentum and achievement.

Choose to actually do what you really wish to do. And choose to take great delight in all that’s necessary to make it happen.

— Ralph Marston


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-24-2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Today's Gift

It doesn't happen all at once.... You become. It takes a long time. —Margery Williams

A spiritual awakening is partly a process of becoming real. We move from the external controls of image and others' opinions to the internal controls of honesty, listening to our inner voice, and having true relationships. We shed the games that maintained our old style of life - "invincible" or "hero" or "poor me."

In place of the old phony surface, we develop a real relationship with ourselves. We become more aware - of emotions, of need for rest, of violations of our values. Sometimes change comes in a flash of insight or a moment of sudden, piercing awareness, but more often it comes a little bit at a time. As we work on ourselves, as we are true to our inner voice, as we keep returning to conscious contact with our Higher Power, as we get closer to our friends, we become more real to ourselves.

As I grow, I see that I was always real. I was just looking at the outside.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Failure is impossible. ---Susan B. Anthony
Failure is an attitude. Having an attitude of failure can't help us. It can only hurt us. If we're not careful, it can grow into a way of life. So, when we feel like failures, we better look at our attitudes.

An attitude of failure often comes from making mistakes. But we can learn to see our mistakes as lessons. This turns mistakes into gains, not failures. Sometimes, we try to do things that just can't be done.

When we act like we know everything, we're going to fail. if we try to act like God, we're going to fail.

We can't control others. We can't know everything. We're not God. We're human. If we act human, we've already won.

Prayer for the Day: Higher power, help me to learn from my attitudes. Whatever the outcome, help me learn.

Action for the Day: Facing our past "failures" is the first step to learning from them. I'll talk to my someone about a past "failure" and the good that came from it.

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One Day At A Time

Coming to Believe
It wasn't AA that had the closed mind, it was me. The minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel.
Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life.
I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now.
To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of AA's program as enthusiastically as I could.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 27

Thought to Ponder . . .
I came; I came to; I came to believe.

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

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Daily Motivation

Keep yourself accomplishing

Keep yourself active, and make all that activity count for something. Keep yourself active, and keep yourself accomplishing.

Before you devote your valuable time to anything, consider what it will actually accomplish. Invest your time in purposeful, meaningful activities, not in empty busyness.

It’s great to stay busy. It’s much more advantageous, though, to have something to actually show for being so busy.

A moment wasted can never be regained. A moment spent in meaningful accomplishment, however, can extend its value indefinitely.

You have more than enough time to achieve whatever you choose, if only you will respect and make full use of the value of that time. Step back, look at what you’re doing with your time, and remind yourself it is among your most valuable assets.

With the time available to you, keep yourself accomplishing. Let go of the meaningless, wasteful pursuits, and exchange your time for the rich, wonderful life you deserve.

— Ralph Marston




Monday, February 23, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-23-2015

Monday, February 23, 2015
Today's Gift
We don't always have to be strong. Sometimes, our strength is expressed in being vulnerable. Sometimes, we need to fall apart to regroup and stay on track.

We all have days when we cannot push any harder, cannot hold back self-doubt, cannot stop focusing on fear, cannot be strong.

There are days when we cannot focus on being responsible. Occasionally we don't want to get out of our pajamas. Sometimes, we cry in front of people. We expose our tiredness, irritability, or anger.

Those days are okay. They are just okay.

Part of taking care of ourselves means we give ourselves permission to "fall apart" when we need to. We do not have to be perpetual towers of strength. We are strong. We have proven that. Our strength will continue if we allow ourselves the courage to feel scared, weak, and vulnerable when we need to experience those feelings.

Today, help me to know that it is okay to allow myself to be human. Help me not to feel guilty or punish myself when I need to "fall apart."


From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©




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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places

Decision Making

We always have choices
Self-pity is often rooted in the strong feeling that people or conditions have victimized us. "I never had a chance" and "You deceived me!" are common complaints that reveal self-pity.

It is astonishing and humbling to learn that we always have choices, even when other people or bad conditions are grinding us down. One of the great discoveries of the Twelve Step movement is that alcoholics and addicts could begin to recover no matter how helpless they had become, no matter how far they had slid into defeat and despair. Once a decision was made to seek sobriety as a primary goal, other choices and decisions became possible.

We choose our attitudes and responses. We have neither the power nor the right to control others, but we can choose to soften our attitudes toward them, and we can forgive and release people we don't like.

We can always choose how we want to think and feel. It may take effort to break the habit of feeling victimized and sorry for ourselves, but our higher power will show us the way if we decide that is what we really want.

Action for the Day: Nobody can ruffle my feathers today or make me feel oppressed and victimized. I can always make choices that will enhance my sobriety and place me on a better footing for the days ahead.

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One Day At A Time



A Beginning
My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, "Why don't you choose your own conception of God?"
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.
It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself.
Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 12

Thought to Ponder . . .
Don't fear tomorrow. God is already there.

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

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Daily Motivation

Unrealized potential

You have vast amounts of unrealized potential. Now is your time to transform the good things that could be into the good things that are.

There is great abundance in this universe. Today is a fresh new opportunity to harvest and express that abundance in specific, meaningful ways that will enrich all of life.

Yes, it can be done and you can be the person who does it. Yes, it will take significant effort and you are able to make that effort.

You’ve already proven how capable you are by navigating your way through life’s many and varied challenges up to this point. Now, seek to take on new challenges and to create new value.

Whatever you have already achieved, you owe yourself the splendid, satisfying experience of working to achieve even more. Your unrealized potential has been waiting long enough, so jump forward and bring it to life.

Throw away all the excuses, step beyond your doubts and hesitations, and go for it. Feel the great treasure that’s already so very close, and make it real.

— Ralph Marston




Friday, February 20, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-20-2015

Friday, February 20, 2015
Today's Gift

We are powerless over other people's expectations of us. We cannot control what others want, what they expect, or what they want us to do and be. --Melody Beattie

Setting Our Own Course

We can control how we respond to other people's expectations.

During the course of any day, people may make demands on our time, talents, energy, money, and emotions. We do not have to say yes to every request. We do not have to feel guilty if we say no. And we do not have to allow the barrage of demands to control the course of our life.

We do not have to spend our life reacting to others and to the course they would prefer we took with our life.

We can set boundaries, firm limits on how far we shall go with others. We can trust and listen to ourselves. We can set goals and direction for our life. We can place value on ourselves.

We can own our power with people.

Buy some time. Think about what you want. Consider how responding to another's needs will affect the course of your life. We live or own life by not letting other people, their expectations, and their demands control the course of our life. We can let them have their demands and expectations; we can allow them to have their feelings. We can own our power to choose the path that is right for us.

Today, Higher Power, help me own my power by detaching and peacefully choosing the course of action that is right for me. Help me know I can detach from the expectations and wants of others. Help me stop pleasing other people and start pleasing myself.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. —Eleanor Roosevelt

How can we ever do that which seems impossible? Taking a class, quitting a job, leaving a destructive relationship behind, asking for help; none of these can we do alone or with ease. All of these we can handle when we rely on the help offered by the program, the help of one another, the help promised by our higher power. Tackling with our Higher Power's help that which seems impossible, reduces it to manageable size. It also deflates the power our fears have given it.

That which we fear grows in proportion to our obsession with it. The more we fear a thing, the bigger it becomes, which in turn increases our fear. How lucky we are that our Higher Power awaits our call for the strength, the companionship that is guaranteed us! We are in partnership, all the way, every day, if we'd only recognize it. We can move toward and through anything. And the added benefit is that we come to trust our partnership. We soon know that all situations can be met. All experiences can be survived. Avoidance is no longer our technique for survival.

Action for the Day: A deep breath invites the inner strength to move through me. I will feel the exhilaration of my Higher Power's power. And I will know the excitement of growth and peace.

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One Day At A Time

Challenges
Life is meant to be lived by facing the challenges it brings. Otherwise, I'm not living, just existing.
My Higher Power didn't give me this gift of sobriety to sit in a rocking chair, imagining myself as some wise old person who has arrived somewhere.
There is no easier, softer way. . . The teaching I receive in life about courage and love
helps me to continue to grapple with the challenges of everyday life as they are given to me, one day at a time.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 320

Thought to Ponder . . .
Courage is fear in action.

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

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Daily Motivation

Allow peace inside

Being active and ambitious does not have to mean being frenzied and stressed. In fact, being at peace on the inside can make you much more effective on the outside.

Do what you do without fighting against it. Give your presence and full attention to what you’re doing while keeping your spirit in a place of peace and acceptance.

Choose your actions by being fully involved in and informed by the world around you. Choose your attitude by being ever thankful for your opportunity to experience it all.

Life is constantly placing demands on you. You can choose to feel peacefully empowered by those demands and by the positive possibilities for progress that come with them.

Don’t make an unnecessary burden for yourself. Instead of creating stress inside, allow peace to fill your spirit.

Equip yourself in the most effective way to deal with whatever may come. Allow peace, deep inside, and act always from a place of peaceful power.

— Ralph Marston



Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-19-2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Today's Gift

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. —Agnes DeMille

The day ahead offers us choices of many kinds - some big ones, many that will affect other persons close to us, a few that will have profound effects on our destiny. But no choice, no decision we make, will be wrong. A particular decision may lead us slightly astray. Down a dead-end path perhaps - but we can always turn back and choose again.

We are seldom aware of the gravity of a particular choice at the time of making it. Only hindsight reveals the wisdom of an important choice. Nevertheless, no choice is without importance in the overall picture of our lives. And at the same time, no choice is all-powerful regarding our destiny. We are offered chances again and again for making the right choices, the ones that will most contribute to the bigger plan for our lives.

I need not worry about today's opportunities for decision-making. I will listen to those around me. I will seek guidance in the messages coming to me. I will make the choices I need to, today.

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

Changing brings questions, and questions bring change. ---Anonymous

What am I becoming? How do I know if what I'm doing is right? Is it best for me? We are full of questions. Often, times of question a are times of change. We are becoming something new, and there is always a little fear of change. Luckily, we don't need to know what we are becoming to find peace. What we need to know is what we believe in. And we'll become what we believe in. If we believe in sobriety, we'll be sober. If we believe in honestly, we'll struggle to be more honest. We must give ourselves the freedom of becoming. Becoming means we're on a trip, a journey. Over time, becoming takes on a comfort of its own.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, what am I becoming? I give up having to know the answer. All I need to believe is that You love me and will do what is best for me.

Action for the Day: I'll ask lots of questions. Often, the question is more important than the answer.

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One Day At A Time

Change
Let us never fear needed change. Certainly we have to discriminate between changes for worse and changes for better.
But once a need becomes apparent in an individual, in a group, it has long since been found out that we cannot stand still and look the other way.
- As Bill Sees it, p. 115

Thought to Ponder . . .
If nothing changes, nothing changes.

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


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Daily Motivation

Embrace the inconvenience

Life doesn't happen only after you neatly tidy everything up. Life happens all the time, in the moment that is now.

You can’t just put off your enjoyment, put off your actions, and put off living your values until conditions are ideal. Now is the time to enjoy, to get work done, and to give focus and substance to those things that matter most.

So what if it’s not perfect, or if it’s complicated, confusing or inconvenient? This is your opportunity to live and to make progress, so take full advantage of it.

You won’t ever get all the questions answered and all the loose ends tied up. However, there is much you can accomplish when you decide to go ahead no matter what.

If something is inconvenient, then embrace the inconvenience and resolve to make good come out of it. Be okay with things not being perfect and you’ll be able to get much more done.

Under any circumstance, at any time, is a time that you can use to make the world better. Take life as it comes, and give it your best.

— Ralph Marston




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-18-2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Today's Gift

To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time. —Katharine Hepburn

Behaving the way we believe our Higher Power wants us to behave sounds so easy on the surface. We don't willingly hurt others, do we? Or do we? . . . When did we last secretly burn with jealousy over another's good fortune or good looks? Has there been a time, recently, when we sulked for lack of attention . . . or perhaps picked a fight?

We can simplify life from this moment forth. There is only one path to walk, one decision to make, in every instance, and all our burdens will be lifted, all our anxiety released. We can decide to act in good faith. We can be silent a moment with ourselves and let our inner guide direct our behavior, our words, our thoughts.

Each of us knows, when we dare to let our spiritual nature reign, the right act in every case. Letting the Universe choose our acts will ease our lives. No more obsessive confusion. No more regrets. No more immobility due to fear of wrong moves.

Freedom is guaranteed when I depend on the Universe to help direct my behavior. Life's burdens are lifted. I will go forth today, doing my Higher Powers will, and my Spirit will be light.

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

Acceptance frees us. 

Conflict can result from trying to change a person or situation that we don't like. And conflict causes stress and agitation, both of which limit our lives. They steal our ability to be open to opportunities for growth and change.

Why is it so hard to accept situations we don't like? Twelve Step programs tell us it's because of our ego. We feel diminished when others don't agree with our plan or our opinion. Our self-worth is tied to other people's reactions.

But we can change. We can let the success stories we hear in this program inspire us to let others be. We will discover how much better we feel when we're not on the battlefield with our friends and loved ones.

Action for the Day: I don't have to have conflict with other people today. I can let others be themselves and do what feels right to them. I'll feel more at ease too.

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One Day At A Time

Change
Let us never fear needed change. Certainly we have to discriminate between changes for worse and changes for better.
But once a need becomes apparent in an individual, in a group, or AA as a whole,
it has long since been found out that we cannot stand still and look the other way.
- As Bill Sees it, p. 115

Thought to Ponder . . .
If nothing changes, nothing changes.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W =
No Other Way.

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Daily Motivation

Live that way

Be the kind of person you would truly enjoy being with. Do the kinds of things you’d love to see in others.

The way to experience good and valuable things in this world is to first cultivate those good and valuable things within yourself. What you encounter in life depends on the way you are.

Genuinely friendly and helpful people meet a lot of other friendly, helpful people. Loving, caring, creative and generous people encounter many other loving, caring, creative and generous people.

When you’re the one to start the ball rolling, you can roll it in any direction you choose. Live your highest values, consistently and without compromise, and by your very example you’ll spread those good values far and wide.

Don’t waste your time complaining about someone else’s questionable behavior. Make the choice to overwhelm that negative behavior with your own sincerely positive behavior.

How would you live if you were sure that life would follow your lead? Live that way, and you will in fact be making life that way too.

— Ralph Marston



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-17-2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Today's Gift

One basic concept that never loses its power to work miracles is the concept called acceptance. -- Melody Beattie

Acceptance

We do not achieve acceptance in a moment. We often have to work through a mirage of feelings - sometimes anger, outrage, shame, self-pity, or sadness. But if acceptance is our goal, we will achieve it.

What is more freeing than to laugh at our weaknesses and to be grateful for our strengths? To know the entire package called "us" - with all our feelings, thoughts, tendencies, and history - is worthy of acceptance and brings healing feelings.

To accept our circumstances is another miraculous cure. For anything to change or anyone to change, we must first accept others, the circumstance, and ourselves exactly as they are. Then, we need to take it one step further. We need to become grateful for our circumstances or ourselves. We add a touch of faith by saying, "I know this is exactly the way it's supposed to be for the moment."

No matter how complicated we get, the basics never lose their power to restore us to sanity.

Today, Higher Power, help me practice the concept of acceptance in my life. Help me accept others, my circumstances, and myself. Take me one step further, and help me feel grateful.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©




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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Life is a series of payments. The common expression, "What goes around, comes around," is a truth that governs each of our lives. As men and women and as members of the human family, we have received untold "payments" from others. On occasion, the payment may not have been one we'd have chosen for ourselves. It takes the distance of time to realize that our payments are meant for our good. And we can share the goodness; in fact, we need to share the goodness with one another. If we give to another the joy given to us, if we give to another the understanding given to us, if we give to another the friendship given to us, we will be ready to receive more in kind.

Action for the Day: You and I meet today to make payments. I will receive yours gladly.

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One Day At A Time

Making Coffee
All I thought about as I was making the coffee was making the coffee and how people could enjoy it.
At my sponsor's suggestion, I stood near the coffeepot and welcomed everyone who came by.
I must have experienced a million smiles in a very short time.
And when I pushed the broom all I concentrated on was the dust rising from it as I moved across the floor.
My troubles were gone for the time that I was doing these things. And so it can be for you.
If you can't live and you can't die, make coffee.
- The Home Group; Heartbeat of AA, p. 43

Thought to Ponder . . .
Into service out of self.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = A
shtrays, Brooms, Coffee.

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Daily Motivation

Intention empowers

Intention empowers your life. Intention activates your passion, energizes your efforts, and pushes you past your fears.

For intention to do all these things, it must be authentic. When it is authentic, intention carries the power to achieve anything.

To put that power into what you do, acknowledge and embrace who you truly are. There are specific things you really want to do with life, so give yourself the intention to do them.

Point yourself in a direction you have chosen, a direction you care about. Set your path based not on the superficial fashions of the moment, but on the spirit living deep inside you.

Feel that spirit, and the positive values connected to it, and you feel your power. Resolve to give new beauty, excellence and substance to life, and you will suddenly find yourself doing it.

Empower your day, your year, your life with authentic intention. Live the way you are meant to live, and do all you are meant to do.

— Ralph Marston