Friday, September 24, 2010

Daily Motivations 9-24-2010

Friday, September 24, 2010
Today's Gift
Allowing Ourselves to be Needy

We can accept ourselves as people who have needs - the need for comfort, love, understanding, friendship, and healthy touch. We need positive reinforcement, someone to listen to us, someone to give to us. We are not weak for needing these things. These needs make us human and healthy. Getting our needs met - believing we deserve to have them met - makes us happy.

There are times, too, when in addition to our regular needs, we become particularly needy. At these times, we need more than we have to give out. That is okay too.

We can accept and incorporate our needs, and our needy side, into the whole of us. We can take responsibility for our needs. That doesn't make us weak or deficient. It doesn't mean we are not properly recovering, nor does it mean we're being dependent in an unhealthy way. It makes our needs, and our needy side, manageable. Our needs stop controlling us, and we gain control.

And, our needs begin to get met.

Today, I will accept my needs and my needy side. I believe I deserve to get my needs met, and I will allow that to happen.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie


Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Walk In Dry Places


Willingness to listen
Why is it that we'll accept information from some people but not from others?  Many people tried to advise us while we were drinking; why would we listen only to recovering alcoholics?

We can't answer that question, except to say that most human beings are willing to listen only to certain people at certain times.  That's why business organizations have to select sales people carefully; customers will respond to some people, but not to others.

As we grow in sobriety, however, we develop the willingness to listen to people we would have once avoided. We can find wonderful ideas in all sorts of places and from all types of people.  As we become more open-minded and willing, we can listen more and learn more.

Action for the Day: My prejudices and fears of the past kept me from listening to people who would have helped me. I'll be more open-minded and willing today.

One Day At A Time


In shame and despair, I went to my first AA meeting.
By some minor miracle, I was able to suspend opinion, analysis, judgment,
and criticism, and instead listen and hear. I heard someone say that AA works
for those who work for it, those who put action into the program. . .
I heard that I should forget about yesterday and tomorrow and instead
concentrate on today and staying away from the first drink today -- now.
I tried it, and it worked.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 42

Thought to Ponder . . .Into action, out of self.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Achieve Anything.

Daily Motivation

Life gets better

Every day, life gets better. Because every day adds more substance to the outstanding experience of life.

On some days it may seem like your life is falling behind instead of getting better. But that's just because you fail to consider the real value that is always building within you.

At some point you'll come to appreciate and even treasure the setbacks and disappointments. For although they are painful, they give you the opportunity to grow stronger.

The difficulties are blessings that haven't fully developed. The joys are well-deserved rewards that encourage you to keep moving forward.

No matter how good life has been, it is getting even better. No matter what challenges may push against you, each moment brings more of life's goodness.

Feel that goodness as it accumulates in your experience. And live the possibilities that become more rich and meaningful with each dawning day.

-- Ralph Marston

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