Friday, July 2, 2010

Daily Motivations 7-2-2010

Friday, July 2, 2010
Today's Gift

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. -- Seneca

When we reach a stressful time in our lives, our vision gets narrow. We fail to see the options and possibilities we have. If we give ourselves over to our worries and fears, our sight closes down even further. Finally, we reach the point of blindness to reality and to all the support around us. In our fearful blindness we say with conviction, "This is too difficult! There is nothing I can do."

Spiritual people strive to keep one eye on the horizon, even in a worrisome situation. They breathe deeply so they do not tighten up or close off their exchange with the world. They return to the relationship they have with their Higher Power, trusting the process to carry them through - and they open their eyes to quietly take in the possibilities before them.

Close to my Higher Power, I have a place of calm in the midst of difficulty and see the possibilities and dare to act upon them.

You are reading from the book:

Touchstones by Anonymous

Twenty-Four Hours A Day

We are only as sick as the secrets we keep.--- Anonymous
It is dangerous for us to keep secrets. Shame builds, and we'll want relief. We may turn to alcohol or other drugs. True relief comes by talking about our secrets, by sharing who we really are with others. Our program helps us live a life based on honesty. Our program helps us battle shame. We don't keep secrets anymore. We start our meetings and share what we tried to keep secret before.
" Hi, my name is____________, and I'm am alcoholic." " Hi my name is_____________, and I'm a drug addict." We keep telling our secret, and the shame gets less and less.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I pray to live an honest life.

Action for the Day: I'll list any secrets I've been keeping. I'll talk with my sponsor about them.

One Day At A Time

Mirror Image
One looks in one's mirror to powder, shave, or admire.
But the good AA is apt to look deeper. Every morning he gives thanks
for a sober countenance, he asks forgiveness for lingering resentment,
he hopes for grace to live the coming day well. At nightfall he takes another look, saying,"Well, my friend, how did we do today? Thanks be to thee for the privilege of living." The AA's mirror reflects not rouge, but gratitude; not conceit, but humility;not froth, but reality.
~ The Language of the Heart, p. 390

Thought to Ponder . . .
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B E S T = Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?

Daily Motivation

Visualize it

You have the power to visualize. And what you intensely and persistently visualize, you will create.

Before you can go where you want to go, you must know exactly where that is. Seeing the destination clearly and in rich detail puts you well on the way there.

See it in your mind, and you'll move naturally, vigorously and effectively toward it in your life. Fill your awareness with the substance of your dreams, and those dreams begin their transformation into reality.

Visualization not only enables you to clearly see what you wish to do. It also gets you to profoundly feel the reason why.

For you can do more than imagine how you wish to feel. You can go ahead and feel now how it will feel to reach your dream.

Know what you want, and you're on your way there. Visualize how it will be, feel how it will feel, and make yourself unstoppable.

-- Ralph Marston

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