Thursday, June 3, 2010

Daily Motivations 6-3-2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Today's Gift

Follow your dream . . . take one-step at a time and don't settle for less, just continue to climb.
—Amanda Bradley

Dreams are common to us all. Dreams are special as well. We probably keep to ourselves many of our dreams for fear of derision or misunderstanding. Oftentimes we may have selectively shared some dreams, those we figured would get approval. The ones closest and dearest to us, the ones we feel most vulnerable about, we may choose to treasure to our hearts only, sometimes thinking, "If only you knew," sometimes wondering if we are being silly.

We are coming to believe that our dreams are spirit-filled. They are gifts to encourage us. Like a ship at sea needing a "heading" to move forward, our dreams lend direction to our lives. Our frustration may be that we can't realize a dream without many steps and much time. But life is a process of steps. Success in anything comes inch-by-inch, stroke-by-stroke, step after step.

My dreams today are meant to guide me. I will take a first step toward making the dream a reality.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Walk in Dry Places

Assisting others.

Self-help or Mutual Aid?
The Twelve step movement is sometimes called a self-help program. This falls short of describing what it really is. Mutual Aid might be a better term.

Self-help implies that an individual will help himself or herself. Mutual aid is a much different sort of thing. With mutual aid, we do help ourselves, but we hve found that the best way to do this is by helping each other. Self-help says, "I can do it," where as mutual aid says... "WE can do it."

We should not dismiss the idea of self-help or of doing one's best in achieving self-improvement. We must know, however, that we need the assistance and loving help of others for our highest growth. There are times when we will feel helpless and alone. That's when mutal aid will carry the day for us and perhaps even save our lives.

Action for the Day: I'll realize today that I have a bond with others and that I can achieve my highest good only in mutual service with them.

One Day At A Time

The practice of AA's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions in our personal lives
also brought incredible releases from fear of every description,
despite the wide prevalence of formidable personal problems.
When fear did persist, we knew it for what it was,
and under God's grace we became able to handle it.
- The Language of the Heart, p.268

Thought to Ponder . . .
Breathe in faith, breathe out fear.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R =
Fear Expressed Allows Relief.

Daily Motivation
Choose to be happy
If you chase happiness, it will run away faster than you can catch up with it. Why is that?

Because when you strive to create happiness, that very act of striving pushes the happiness away. The more you want it, the less you have of it.

Happiness is not something you can go out and get. Real happiness does not have to depend on creating a certain set of circumstances.

Happiness is a way you can choose to be. And you can simply choose it at any time, in any circumstance.

When you do, you instantly become more creative and effective, more authentic and fully alive. Living from a perspective of happiness, you're able to live at your best because you see positive value everywhere you look.

Stop striving to get happiness and just choose to be happy, right where you are. Give your happiness to life, and watch as its positive power fills your world.

-- Ralph Marston

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