Friday, October 22, 2010

Daily Motivations 10-22-2010

Friday, October 22, 2010
Today's Gift
And this above all, to thine own self be true.
And it must follow as night the day,
thou canst not be false to any man.

"To thine own self be true." "Live the life you were meant to live." "Be the person you were meant to be." These statements convey a wonderful truth - that when we go inside and trust our intuition, life opens before us. When we ignore our inner leanings, however, trouble arises.

Joe had a love of the outdoors but, like his father, he became addicted to his work. Though he built up a successful law practice, Joe felt creatively stifled and inwardly desolate. One day Joe was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Realizing he had nothing to lose, he decided to pursue his passion and hike the Pacific Coast trail. Six months later, the tumor had disappeared.

Trying to live out somebody else's life script is like putting a size 10 foot into a size 7 shoe. The size simply does not fit. No matter how hard you force yourself to adjust to your situation, the discomfort continues.

Why not start off with the right fit? Acknowledge your unique gifts and talents, as well as your wants and needs. Then seek out situations and circumstances that will allow them their full expression. This route may take time, but the results are worth it - a life of peace and fulfillment that comes from being true to yourself.

You are reading from the book:

Listening to Your Inner Voice by Douglas Bloch


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple
It’s not dying faith that’s so hard, it’s living up to it.William Makepeace Thackeray
We may ask, “Do I have to do an Eighth or Ninth Step?” “Do I really need a sponsor?” “Hmm…can I get by without going to so many meetings?” Having faith means putting our questions aside. So…what do we do? We work the program. We accept that those who’ve gone before us were right. We accept the idea that we need others. Faith is knowing that others love and care for us. Faith is also about action. The main way we know that we have faith is by looking at our behavior. Ask yourself this: “Are my actions those of a person with faith?”

Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, help me remove the questions that get in my way. Help me act like a person with faith.

Action for the Day:  I’ll list four parts of my program that I have faith in, such as, “I believe honesty is important to my sobriety.”

One Day At A Time
One Day At A Time
If I determine that I shall never drink again as long as I live, I set myself up.
How can I be sure I won't drink when I have no idea what the future may hold?
On a day-at-a-time basis, I am confident I can stay away from a drink for one day.
So I set out with confidence.
At the end of the day, I have the reward of achievement.
- Daily Reflections, p. 149

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I don't drink today, I have the hope of a tomorrow.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
J F T =
Just For Today.

Daily Motivation
Steadfastness of purpose
Don't base your attitude on how things are. Choose your attitude so that it supports and expresses the way you wish to be.
Events and circumstances swirl around you in a constant state of flux and confusion. Yet those things you perceive and experience do not define who you are.
You are more than the fleeting situations and occurrences in your world. Living within you are the steady values, purposes, intentions and dreams that transcend all the ups and downs playing out around you.
Let your feelings be guided and inspired by the best that's inside you. Don't let those feelings be tossed in every direction by whatever happens to come your way.
There is no end to the number of distractions vying to pull you away from your purpose. Yet there is no good reason to give in to any of those distractions, for each one will soon pass on by.
Live with a steadfastness of positive purpose. Who you truly are, is always much stronger than whatever you might be going through.
-- Ralph Marston

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