Friday, September 10, 2010

Daily Motivations 9-10-2010

Friday, September 10, 2010
Today's Gift
Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you. —Madeline Bridges
Sometimes we feel lazy or bored, and then we don't do our best work. Maybe our writing becomes hard to read, or we miss a porch when delivering newspapers. Perhaps we are daydreaming instead of listening closely to what a friend is trying to tell us. When we are not really paying attention to our activities or the people around us, we'll likely miss out on something important because we do receive in equal measure what we give. And this truth works in every aspect of our lives.

When we treat our friends, our families, even people we don't know well with kindness, we'll experience kindness in return. Our own actions and attitudes toward others are what we can expect from others as well.

How can I increase the kindness in the world today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple
This above all: To thine own self be true.
---William Shakespeare

What does this saying mean: “To thine own self be true”? Hadn’t we thought only of ourselves before recovery? The answer is no. That wasn’t the real us. Each of us lost touch with our real self because of our addiction. We lost our goals, our feelings, our values. We chased the high. In this way, we lost our spirit. We became addicts.

With sobriety, we find ourselves again---and it feels great! We stop playing a role and become ourselves---and it’s wonderful. We follow our dreams and beliefs, not some addictive wild goose chase. We are again free to be ourselves. Thank you. Higher Power.

Prayer for the Day:  Today, I pray to be myself, to know all of me. I can trust myself because my spirit is good.
Action for the Day:  Today, I’ll pray: “thine own self be true.”

One Day At A Time
Zigzag Progress

As I peel away the layers of day-to-day expediency,
I realize that my zigzag, erratic, and inconsistent course
was in the general direction of progress all the time. That's good.
What right do I have to expect perfection and efficiency in my spiritual growth
when the rest of my life is so full of ups and downs,
ins and outs, and backs and forths?
Throughout this whole adventure, the only consistency I have maintained
is an absolute and total faith in AA, come what may.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p.187

Thought to Ponder . . .
Change is inevitable, growth is optional.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T =
Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, Trust.

Daily Motivation

Live this day

Do not merely hope to live, someday, somehow. Open yourself to the beauty and goodness of this moment, and live this day.

Let go of worries and fantasies about what might or might not be. Focus the full energy of your spirit on what is real and what is now, and live this day.

Put your most treasured dreams and values into action right now. Here is where you can really do what you've always been longing to do.

Now is when you can let yourself feel the way you truly wish to feel. See that there is nothing standing in the way of you filling the world with your own special joy.

This is the day that belongs to you. This is the time when you can do anything, and make a real difference.

A lifetime of experience has perfectly prepared you for where you are right now. Live this day, and fulfill the possibilities of your own miraculous existence.

-- Ralph Marston

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