Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Daily Motivations 9-22-10

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today's Gift
Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps.
  —Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Being human means we'll have hard times along with pleasant ones. Whether with friends, at school, or at home, we'll find reasons for sadness or anger as easily as for laughter. In every part of our lives, we're offered just what we need for growth.

Being the best we know how to be doesn't mean we'll escape confusion or pain. Through the troubling times we learn to trust in a Higher Power; we learn patience; we learn to let go and let God decide outcomes. The troubling times offer us growth and serenity, our keys to happiness.

What hidden gifts will I find in today's troubles?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Keep It Simple

. . . he who finds himself loses his misery. Matthew Arnold

We have lost a lot of misery. In it’s place inside us, a spirit grows. . .as love is added. Especially self-love. In our illness, we came to hate ourselves. It was really our illness we hated. We couldn’t find ourselves. All we saw was what others saw---our illness.

In recovery, we’ve found ourselves again. We’ve found we’re good people. We’ve also come to love the world around us. We see we have something to offer this world---ourselves.
Why? Because we have found ourselves.

Prayer for the Day:  I’m so glad to be alive. At times life hurts, but, in living, I found You. Thank-you
Higher Power. I pray that we may always be close.

Action for the Day:  I will list ten great things I’ve discovered about myself in recovery.

One Day At A Time

It is not always the quantity of good things that you do,
it is always the quality that counts.
Above all, take it one day at a time.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 11

Thought to Ponder . . .
First Things First. Live and Let Live. Easy Does It.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A =
You Are Not Alone.

I'm Steve, and I'm just an alcoholic. The old timers were real specific when I got here 15+ years ago. I've got some slogans for you - "Are you done yet?" - "How well is your way working for you?" - "Sit down, shut up and listen. Listen to the similarities because the differences will get you drunk again." I didn't want to get drunk again, so I sat down and listened. They said, "Keep coming back, don't drink between the coming backs. If you don't like what AA has to offer, the door swings both ways and don't let it hit you in the backside on the way out. We will still be right here if alcohol doesn't kill you. Don't come back . . . STAY!" They cared whether I lived or died, and they made damn sure I knew it was a life or death decision. I've buried friends who went back out and never made it back. When I was one year sober, they told me that we bury some of our folks. Some die sober and we celebrate their lives; others die drunk, we mourn them and what could have been. If it isn't death or life for you, my experience, strength and hope shows me that we have less than a 50-50 chance at this gift of desperation. So, don't keep coming back . . . STAY!

Daily Motivation

Make worry impossible

Worry is possible only when you forget how strong you can be. Worry is possible only when you forget how creative and effective and resilient you can be.

When you feel worry, you're feeling something that is based on a misinterpretation of the truth. For the truth is that you can respond in a powerful, positive and successful way to whatever may happen.

You've successfully navigated a lifetime of challenges. You've made it through countless difficult and demanding situations.

With each new day, you've become stronger, more knowledgeable, more experienced and more capable. And as such, you can choose to replace every negative worry with multiple positive actions.

Remind yourself of all the good and valuable things you've done. Remind yourself of the outstanding opportunities available to you right now.

Fill your mind with thoughts of your strengths, your passions, your effectiveness, and your positive possibilities. And you'll make worry impossible for you.

-- Ralph Marston

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