Monday, May 17, 2010

Daily Motivation 5-17-10

Monday, May 17, 2009
Today's Gift

Being Present

Realtiy can be a difficult place to live. Sometimes it seems impossible to stay in the here and now.

From time to time we all revisit the past and yearn for the future. This is natural. Being present every minute of the day is impossible for anyone.

Still, we can strive to be present for as many minutes as we can. We strive for progress, not perfection.

Today, am I doing what I can to be present?

Thought for the Day

A small dose of reality is better than no reality at all.

You are reading from the book:

A Restful Mind by Mark Allen Zabawa

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk in Dry Places


Rehearsing Outcomes
Imagination is undeniably a human faculty that accounts for much progress. Compulsive people, however, can use imagination in a most destructive way. One destructive practice is that of rehearsing i our minds the outcome of some treat or problem, usually expecting the worst.

While we should not avoid facing real problems, it's wrong to assume that the worst will always happen. This tendency to anticipate the worst possible outcome can actually produce the very outcome we'd like to avoid, thus making it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

We can deal with such pessimistic thinking by reminding ourselves that our Hogher Power is in charge and will bring our good to pass in just the right way.If we're going to rehearse anything, let it be an outcome that includes the best for everybody, including ourselves.

Action for the Day: I'll expect the best today, knowing that all outcomes and results are in my Higher Power's hands.

One Day At A Time

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It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment
leads only to futility and unhappiness.
To the precise extent that we permit these,
do we squander the hours that might have been worth while.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 66

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

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G R A C E =
Gently Releasing All Conscious Expectations.

My name is Mikey, and I'm an alcoholic. I love this topic, because I need reminding. I need reminding that a resentment Is frozen anger -- living the same hurt, the same moment in time over and over, the ultimate bad ground hog day. And as an alkie, I can't afford to justify any resentment at all. Justified resentment is something I hear people mention in early sobriety. A justified resentment just means I'm too proud, or stubborn to move on and let it go, whatever it is -- my refusal to let it go is my part in it. In early sobriety, I had a list of people that I felt owed me an amends. But I cannot expect anyone to make an amends to me if I feel wronged, because that's an expectation. Whenever I fell out with anyone, it was usually because I had expectations that they would fulfill some need or want of mine, and mostly they did not know what I required from them. So I needed to remember that expectations are premeditated resentments. This alkie always forgot that. I have the tools today should I choose to use them -- the Big Book, a sponsor, your experience, strength hope, and the ESH of many that have shown me that a resentment is the number one offender. Most of it was in my head; I just would not let go. Mikey loves you all -- God bless!

Daily Motivation

What must be done
Is it really so difficult to do what must be done? It's not difficult at all, when you stop fighting against it.

One little step will get you started, and once you're started, you become interested and invested.

Once you're started, momentum begins to give you a push that becomes stronger with each effort.

Instead of putting off what you know must be done, what if you could somehow get yourself to be positively enthusiastic about it? You absolutely can, because you can choose how you wish to feel about anything.

It is indeed a privilege to be able to make good and useful things happen. It is a blessing to be in the position to undertake effective effort.

The genuine satisfaction in your life comes when you know you're making a difference. And whatever it is in your world that must be done, is your opportunity to make that difference.

Go beyond intending, go beyond planning, go beyond wishing, and go beyond saying you need to get it done. Dive in, go to work, make something happen and be the positive, dynamic difference that makes you feel so wonderfully alive.

-- Ralph Marston

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