Thursday, August 26, 2010

Daily Motivations 8-26-2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Today's Gift

Mile by mile, life's a trial.
Yard by yard, it's not so hard.
Inch by inch, it's a cinch

-- Proverb

An important key to progress on the path is to take it one step at a time. Just as investing a little on a regular basis builds long-term wealth, the little gains we make each day pay off in spiritual dividends. As a successful musical group explained, "We spent years preparing for our overnight success."

Taking it one step at a time means living in the present moment, letting life gradually reveal itself to us. Some people get nervous and want to know the final outcome. But how can we know an outcome that hasn't yet occurred? Trust in the process, and the perfect result will occur.

When our faith wavers, we often get ahead of ourselves and try to figure out what is going to happen. This "future tripping" removes us from our source of guidance in the present. Sometimes we try to hit it big in a hurry. But there is no fooling the Universe. Sooner or later we will have to go back and retrace the steps that we skipped. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Whatever the goal or desire, approach it one step at a time. Small measures consistently taken guarantee progress. Eventually you will emerge victorious, having attained a reward that you have truly earned.

You are reading from the book:


Twenty-Four Hours
A Day
Walk In Dry Places

Releasing the past

Waste Utilization

Today the world faces seemingly insurmountable problems with solid and liquid waste. Communities struggle to find solutions as waste accumulates and space for disposal sites grows scarce.

As recovering people, we have a similar problem with waste residues from our past.  We don't seem to be able to bury bad memories; like the physical waste in the environment, they come back to poison us. The best answer is to use waste, not throw it away. Instead of trying to bury the past, let's keep it in view but let it be purified by the sunlight of honesty and humility. By admitting past wrongs and forgiving everyone involved.... including ourselves..... we turn waste into useful experience. Nature can do this with much physical waste, over time. we can also let our spiritual nature do that with the emotional and mental waste of our past.

Action for the Day: I'll realize that every past mistake and experience can be properly
utilized today for something good and uplifting.


One Day At A Time

I remember my sponsor's answer when I told him that the Steps were "suggested."
He replied that they are "suggested" in the same way that,
if you were to jump out of an airplane with a parachute,
it is "suggested" that you pull the ripcord to save your life.
He pointed out that it was "suggested" I practice the Twelve Steps,
if I wanted to save my life.
- Daily Reflections, p. 344

Thought to Ponder . . .The elevator is broken -- use the Steps.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S T E P S =
Solutions Through Each Positive Step.


Daily Motivation
Keep getting results

When you get the results you're after, that's great. When the results fall short of your expectations, that's great too because you gain valuable knowledge and experience.

If you're going through a difficult stretch, keep going and you'll get yourself beyond it. If you're getting unsatisfactory results, keep making the effort, keep getting results and as you grow more effective with each attempt, you'll eventually get it just right.

With each action you take, you make a difference. The more experience you have at making a difference, the more skillful you become at making that difference exactly what you want it to be.

Look back at how far you've come since you started. See and understand how even the disappointing results have helped you to find your way forward.

With every effort, regardless of the outcome, you've made a step in the direction of the results you seek. Always expect the best, no matter what has happened before, for your results will move steadily toward your expectations.

Keep going, keep making the effort, keep making a difference and keep getting results. Each day, each action brings you ever closer to the goal.

-- Ralph Marston

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