Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Daily Motivation 8-10-10

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Today's Gift
According to the teachers, there is only one thing that all people possess equally. This is their loneliness. —Hyemeyohsts Storm
Many of us have tried to find a way to outwit our loneliness, or to escape its truth. We have learned that we cannot. As fathers looking at our children we may wish to spare them this pain. As men with our mates, we have dreamed of an ideal connection where all loneliness was dispelled.

We can't obliterate loneliness. But we can learn to accept and deal with it. There is no need to compulsively cover all traces and all reminders that we are alone. We can accept this universal truth. We are alone, but so is everybody. We can make true contact with each other out of our aloneness. True intimacy with another man or woman comes out of first seeing our separateness, and then bridging the gap.

Today, I accept the feeling of loneliness as part of life. I can make contact with my brothers and sisters, knowing we are all in the same condition.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
New Ideas
What is real Open-mindedness?
When we're urged to be open-minded, what's really involved?  Open-mindedness certainly can't mean accepting every idea that comes down the road, because some of them are worthless or harmful.
Open-mindedness really means a readiness to put our deeply held opinions aside long enough to consider new ideas. If we simply refuse to listen to anything new, we'll avoid the bad ideas, but we'll also miss out on the ideas that can help us.

If we're really honest, we can look back to see many ideas that helped us after we reluctantly agreed to consider them.  It's important to screen ideas as they come to us, but we can't block them out completely. All a good idea needs to help us is a fair chance.

Action for the day: I'll work at being more open-minded today.  It's possible I've been blocking out ideas that could help me.
-- Ralph Marston
One Day At A Time
All I have to do is grow at a pace natural to me --
and that is all I have a right to expect of others.
If I can remember these truths, then love -- real love,
as opposed to drunken sentimentality -- is finally within reach.
It is not stupid to accept myself and others complete with our imperfections.
It would be stupid not to.
-- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol.. 1], p. 61Thought to Ponder . . .Remove the worry from your mind
Remove the anger from your heart
Give a lot
Expect little
Keep it simple.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Accept, Begin, Continue.

Daily Motivation
Filled with opportunities
What if the things you thought would hold you back actually were to provide you with new ways to move forward? What if within your greatest annoyances you could find your greatest effectiveness?
Instead of fighting against the perceived obstacles, take a closer look at them. Somewhere within each obstacle is a pathway for moving forward.
Consider that it's not the obstacle itself that's stopping you. What's stopping you is your assumption that you can be stopped.
Yet you can change that assumption. You can choose to find a successful way through the situation, whatever it may be.
The various challenges that come your way can be quite intimidating. Yet when you let go of the intimidation, you'll see that those very same challenges are filled with opportunities.
Embrace those obstacles, embrace those challenges. For they are essential components of your eventual achievement.

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