Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Daily Motivation 5-4-10

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Today's Gift

A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows.
—John Powell

Should you become a doctor or perhaps an astronaut? Maybe being a writer or an athlete appeals to you. Dreaming of what to be can be useful. It helps us set our goals and learn our values. Also, using our imagination lets us "try on" a future role. We learn about our life's direction through our dreams of where to go and what to do.

Not all dreams are helpful, however. Sometimes we daydream about other things when we really do need to listen. Learning how to use our imagination to guide our plans for growing up takes practice.

Imagining ourselves happy and brave will help us feel both. Imagining ourselves as failures can be just as powerful. Let's respect the power of the imagination and use it to form good images of our future.

How can I build goodness and success into my future today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation.

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Walk in Dry Places

Success in living.

Secrets of the New Happiness
Most of us know whether other people are truly happy. What's odd, however, is that we don't often try to practice the things that bring happiness to others. Often, the happiness we're striving for is really a form of excitement____ trying to be continuously stimulated so as not to be bored or depressed. Excitement does not create happiness. We find true happiness when we learn to serve others in right ways; that is, without demanding their gratitude or some other recognition.

We also find true happiness in self-acceptance___ being generally satisfied with our lot in life and grateful for the self-improvement we've found. We find happiness, too, in keeping occupied with useful activities that place demands on our energies and abilities. There is no such thing as a happy alcoholic who is still drinking. There are also recovering people who have not yet found happiness. But the program unlocks the happiness, and we do have members whose happiness is an example to others.

Action for the Day: I can be happy one day at a time. I will make the choice to be happy today, and to let tomorrow come in its own time. Nothing can interfere with today's happiness.


Keep It Simple

I am the greatest.---Muhammad Ali
We need to believe in ourselves. we're sober. We're honest. We're trustworthy. We're not making so many problems for other people anymore We do our share. We can even help others sometimes.

We're glad that others help us. We thank our Higher Power every day. But we also give ourselves credit. We're working our program. We can handle life as best we can. And as long as we ask our Higher Power to work through us, we are the greatest.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me feel proud of the changes in my life.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll talk with my sponsor about pride. What is good pride? What should I watch out for?

One Day At A Time


The most compelling part of AA,
the part that made me want to try this sober thing,
was the laughter, the pure joy of the laughter
that I heard only from sober alcoholics.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 333

Thought to Ponder . . .
Laughter is music to my soul.

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

Daily Motivation

More than you think
When your mind goes to the trouble to give you a thought, pay attention. There's a reason for that thought.

It may seem insignificant, but it's not. That thought, at the moment it comes, is the culmination of all you've ever known.

Instead of dismissing your thoughts, explore them. Instead of assuming that a particular thought is irrelevant, look for its deeper meaning.

You know much, much more than you think you know. Be appreciative, respectful and curious when your mind is helping you to remember and to realize what's truly important.

Within your thoughts there is great, untapped wealth. Pay attention, and reap the benefit of that wealth as it flows into your awareness.

Right now, your mind is offering you a thought that can change your life. Let that thought come, explore its meaning, and fully live the richness it brings.

-- Ralph Marston

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