Thursday, October 21, 2010

Daily Motivations 10-21-2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Today's Gift
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
--Italian proverb

Much of our time has been spent saying, "I'm not good enough for that job," "She's too good for me," or "I don't deserve that compliment." Sometimes we have been very status conscious because underneath we felt unworthy. Many of us have taken either superior or inferior roles with everyone we've dealt with. We ended up with no one who could be our peer or our friend.

True humility occurs when we stop shaming or inflating ourselves and begin accepting ourselves as no worse and no better than anyone else. Then all people are our peers. At our meetings, our powerlessness puts us all in the same box. In the sight of God we are all equal - and status games, which have seemed so important are ultimately silly.

Today, I will remember we are all brothers and sisters in the sight of God.

You are reading from the book:

Touchstones by Anonymous


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk In Dry Places
Personal relations

When the bath is negative
A member referred to getting a "negative bath" every day at work.  She was talking about her boss's bad disposition and the poor attitudes of several co-workers.  How does one deal with this negativity? It's not satisfactory to say that this member created her own "negative bath" by her attitudes toward her boss and others. In fact, in many businesses, the atmosphere is negative... and dealing with it takes more than trite comment.

In such situations, we can employ detachment, as practiced in Al-Anon, and accept the things we cannot change, as stated in the Serenity Prayer. The longer-term solution may require making a major change, such as finding a new job, but we must be careful not to exchange one negative situation for another. We will make the right decision if we're careful to avoid resentment and self-pity while being completely honest about our own motives and intentions.
Action for the Day: I may find myself in a "negative bath" of some kind today, but I can detach from it by avoiding resentment or the tendency to blame others.

One Day At A Time
When I am willing to do the right thing, I am rewarded with an inner peace
no amount of liquor could ever provide.
When I am unwilling to do the right thing, I become restless,
irritable, and discontent. It is always my choice.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 317

Thought to Ponder . . .
Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
R I D =
Restless, Irritable, Discontent.

Daily Motivation
Keep yourself in motion
Get moving and keep moving. Put momentum on your side.
Even if you've made some mistakes, learn from them and keep moving. Even if you've been disappointed, transform that disappointment into determination and keep moving.
To be more creative, innovative and effective, get yourself in motion and keep yourself in motion. When you're constantly and willingly stepping forward to meet each challenge, you create a powerful positive momentum.
Get yourself moving quickly and consistently. Keep yourself moving so those things that normally drag you down won't be able to keep up with your progress.
Action is a great way to overcome doubt. Put your energy into action and you won't have the time or the inclination for doubt.
Even making just a little progress is massively better than making no progress at all, and all those small advances will soon combine to form a major achievement. Keep yourself in motion and you'll get yourself to exactly where you want to go.
-- Ralph Marston

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