Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Daily Motivation 10-26-10

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Today's Gift
Awaken to the ordinary beauty...

Our lives are filled with demands, responsibilities, expectations, places to go, people to see, things to do. We may get so caught up in the next task that we miss the golden moment happening right now. No matter where we are or what we are doing, if we stop to breathe slowly and notice our surroundings, we will find something to appreciate. We may see a glint of light reflecting off a pane of glass, the look in a friend's eyes, or a small thoughtful thing that our partner does.

Spiritual development is nourished by our senses. The sights, sounds, tastes, touch, and scents in our immediate surroundings are the doorway to awe and mystery. When we awaken to the ordinary beauty in our everyday lives, warm and loving parts of ourselves grow and extend out to those we love.

Quiet yourself for a moment, slowly breathe in and out, and focus on something you appreciate

You are reading from the book:

The More We Find In Each Other by Merle Fossum and Mavis Fossum

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
An excuse is worst and more terrible than a lie.---Alexander Pope

Excuses. They’re lies. We use excuses to hide from ourselves. Maybe we don’t want to be honest about our anger. So we say someone else made us angry. Maybe we don’t want to admit how mean we can be. So we pretend we have no part in what happens.

Excuses keep us from ourselves. They keep us from our High Power. A lot of our program is about looking at ourselves. Steps Four, Five, and Ten tell us to be honest about our excuses. We can be honest because we are good people. We are loved.

Prayer for the day:  Today, I’ll say the serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Action for the Day:  I’ll list my five most often excuses. Then, I’ll share them with my friends, family, and sponsor. I’ll ask them to tell me when I make excuses.

One Day At A Time

I have never met a member who has not experienced some degree of pain.
I have never met anyone who decided to come into the program
on a beautiful spring morning when everything was going well.
Most of us entered on our knees, and the sharing of this mutual pain
is a large part of what brings us back to meetings.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 186

Thought to Ponder . . .
Pain is what I walk through. Misery is what I sit in.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C =
Tears, Laughter, Caring.
Daily Motivation
Direction of advance
Today your life will advance. Now is when you can choose the direction of that advance.
On this day, your actions will result in consequences. The specific actions you choose to take will determine exactly what those consequences will be.
Though many events and circumstances come your way, life does not happen to you. Rather, the substance of your life happens through you, because you determine how to respond to those events and circumstances.
Your true priorities are not the ones you merely talk about or admire, but are the ones you actually follow and sustain from one moment to the next. Your life will go precisely where those authentic priorities take you.
In every waking moment of every day, you are accomplishing things and making a difference in your world.
Whatever you most consistently focus your thoughts and actions upon, you will create.
In each small moment, you have great power because you can intentionally direct the energy of your life. Choose wisely, with love, faithful to your purpose, and know the fulfillment that you are here to know.
-- Ralph Marston

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