Friday, August 20, 2010

Daily Motivations 8-20-2010

Friday, August 20, 2010
Today's Gift
"Taking action" and "Letting go."
Today I will practice looking at situations and learning the difference between "taking action" and "letting go." Many times I need to take care of things that seem difficult or overwhelming, and I have to push myself to get them done because I know they are necessary or good for me. This is called taking action.

There are other times when I want things to get done a certain way or in a certain amount of time. These things may not be within my control, and I may feel frustrated that I can't change them when or how I want to. This is when it's important to learn the art of letting go, which is usually harder than taking action.

I will practice taking action when I need to and letting go of the things I have no control over.
You are reading from the book:


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk In Dry Places


Meeting needs in the Right Way.
Bizarre as it is, the bad behavior of drunkenness has an underlying logic when it's really understood.
Why, for example, would people squander money buying drinks for total
strangers when their families are going without?
This is an insane way of meeting needs for intimacy and approval;
It's true that these needs will never be met in this fashion, but try
telling that to a person who is still drinking!

In recovery, we can more easily forgive ourselves for past actions
when we realize they came out of a misguided attempt to meet basic
needs. A starving person will seek out garbage. Starved as we
were for necessities of life, we sought a form of garbage. The good
news in AA recovery is that sobriety will help us meet basic needs in the
right way.

Action for the Day: I'll keep in mind today that as a human being I have certain needs
that should be met in proper ways.


One Day At A Time
An Answer

If you still think you are strong enough to beat the game alone, that is your affair.
But if you really and truly want to quit drinking liquor for good and all,
and sincerely feel that you must have some help,
we know that we have an answer for you.
It never fails, if you go about it with one half the zeal
you have been in the habit of showing when you were getting another drink.
Your Heavenly Father will never let you down!
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 181

Thought to Ponder . . .
Joy is in knowing there is an answer.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Alkie's Answer

Daily Motivation
Love what you see

Love what you see. It is not an object to be judged, but rather an aspect of your wholeness.

Imagine that you are whatever it is you see. Understand that it is not apart from you.

The beauty, the state of being, and the possibilities are all within you just as surely as they are in front of you. Love what you see, for what you see is what you are.

Be at peace with all that is, and feel the positive power of what can be. From the love you freely give will come authentic fulfillment.

Delight in the beauty of every little simple detail. Consider your immense good fortune at being within the richness of this moment.

There is great value here and now, and not only is it yours, it is you. Love what you see, and live the wonderful treasure of who you are.

-- Ralph Marston

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