Friday, April 9, 2010

Daily Motivations 4-9-2010

Friday, April 9, 2010
Today's Gift

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. —SYDNEY SMITH

We are capable of far more than we think. The task before us sometimes seems mountainous, but we don't have to do it all in one day. We can do only a little, although we want to accomplish the whole job at once. We must not let our desire for complete change all at once discourage us from doing what we can. We may need to look for a new job, or face the loneliness of ending a hurtful relationship, or hold firmly to our wisest fathering role with our children, or deal with an illness in ourselves or a loved one.

We do not have to face the tasks that challenge us by ourselves. We are all members of a large, quiet network of spiritual support for each other. We have our Twelve Step program, the loving strength of our Higher Power, and the companionship of other men and women in our group. With help, we can do what must be done. We only need to faithfully do a little at a time.

Today, I will remember that I am not alone. I have help in many forms, and I will do what I can.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©1986, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation.

Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Keep It Simple

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day a time. --Abraham

LincolnAbraham Lincoln did great things for the United States. He took life One Day at a time.. He broke the future into manageable pieces. We can do the same. We can live in the present and focus on the task at hand.

Spirituality comes when we focus this way. When we stay in the present we find choice. And we worry less about the future. Still, we must have goals.We must plan for the future.

Goals and plans help us give more credit to the present than to the future. And when we feel good about the present, we feel good about the future.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me focus. Help me keep my energy in the present. Have me live life One Day at a Time.

Action for the Day: When I find myself drifting into the future, I'll work at bring myself back to the present.

One Day At A Time

The Language of the Heart

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

Thought to ponder . . .

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

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .

A A = Always Awesome.

Daily Motivation

Other options
Here's a quick, easy and extremely effective way to remain confident in practically any situation. Always keep in mind that you have other options.

Sure, you want to do the best you can, and to get the most value from whatever you're doing. Yet excessive worrying about the results will destroy your effectiveness.

Of course it's important to expect the very best of the other people you deal with, and your positive expectations can have a profound effect. Even so, there will still be times when other people disappoint you, and times when factors beyond your control will hinder your efforts.

So remind yourself that if it doesn't work out, you have other options. Free yourself from worry, and move confidently forward.

If one path is blocked, there's another way to get there. If the door is slammed shut, there's most likely a nearby window you can climb through.

You may not know exactly what they are, yet you do indeed have other options. And though you probably won't even have to use them, knowing you have them can make all the difference.

-- Ralph Marston

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