Thursday, August 19, 2010

Daily Motivations 8-19-2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Today's Gift

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. —Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Many of us grew up in situations that required us to be constantly on our guard. We became so keenly attuned to the people around us and how to please them or avoid their anger that we lost contact with our inner messages. Rather than developing skills for drawing upon our inner resources, we developed skills for looking outward and reacting to whatever confronted us. This method of survival may have been necessary in the past while we were under stress, but it doesn't allow us any rest or the possibility of simply following what we know and feel is right.

We are learning to know what we think and feel and to express it, even if it isn't always what others want to hear. We can be spontaneous now because we have room for mistakes in our lives. Our relationships are more reliable, and we have more energy from sincerity than from always striving to make a good appearance.

Today, it is more important for me to be sincere than to be on my guard.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple

The future is made of the same stuff as the present. --- Simone Weil
We found we didn’t need magic to recover---we needed a miracle! Now we are walking miracles.
Part of our miracle is that we see how important today is. We can’t change our future unless we change today. So we live One Day at a Time. By living today well, we make our future better. There is comfort in knowing that the program will be there. Hope we’ll be there.

Old-timers say sobriety is easy if we go by one simple rule: don’t drink and go to meeting.
Life can get simpler; they don’t change much. Staying sober will be easier for us over time.

Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, help me keep my sobriety simple. Help me accept the rules of life.

Action for the Day:  I will list three things that will be there for me tomorrow and the next day, because I’m working on them today.


One Day At A Time

Guilt is insidious and counterproductive. You are a perfect child of God.
It shines through in your sobriety. I see it, and so do others. Make yourself see it.
Past liabilities can be turned around and become our strongest points.
No need to feel guilt; simply get rid of the thing you feel guilty about.
A wonderful way to do this is to reverse your shortcomings
by reaching out to another drunk. It works.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 86

Thought to Ponder . . .
Guilt is in the past; worry is the future. Both are manifestations of ego.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W =
Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.


Daily Motivation
How you spend your thoughts

How are you spending your precious, powerful thoughts? Are you spending them on the things you desire or on the things you detest?

Would you waste your money buying things you didn't even want? It makes no more sense to waste your thoughts on those things you don't want.

Your life unfolds in accordance with your most pervasive thoughts. Your actions, and the results they bring, flow directly from what you think from moment to moment.

Can you create and nourish a rich and detailed vision of yourself living the life you wish to live? Yes, of course you can.

Allow yourself to fashion that vision, to nourish it, to expand upon it with your thoughts, and by so doing, to truly live it. The more you focus your thoughts on what you do desire, the more surely you bring those desires to life.

Make positive and meaningful use of the awesome power of your thoughts. Where your thoughts most frequently go, your life will surely and quickly follow.

-- Ralph Marston

No comments:

Post a Comment