Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Daily Motivations 10-27-10

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Today's Gift
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. --Satchel Paige

When children are tired they make their feelings very clear. They just sit down and start to cry. As adults, we may sometimes feel like a child, ready to sit down and give up. But we're not tired children anymore. We're grown-ups, living with responsibilities and duties.

Instead of giving up, we need to find another way of handling responsibilities. To begin with, we can ask for help. There are others who can help with meals, family care, and household duties. We can also rearrange our schedules so we're not doing too much at one time and not enough at other times. Whenever we feel like giving up under the pressure of responsibilities, we can remember there are always solutions. Nothing is cast in stone unless we want it to be.

I can begin thinking about making changes in my responsibilities. I can ask for help and do some rearranging, so no day is overwhelming.

You are reading from the book:

Night Light by Amy E. Dean


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk In Dry Places

The new problems in sobriety
Sometimes sobriety turns up problems that were never apparent during one's drinking days. Some people, for example, encounter marriage problems that lead to divorce. It almost appears that some things were better when we were drinking.


But there are good reasons why sobriety brings new problems. One is that we become aware of problems that were there all the time, although not acknowledged. It's possible, too, that sobriety brings more responsibility, along with risks of failure. At the same time, we might be more sensitive to the real problems of living.

We should never use such problems as an excuse for drinking. It is true, as many people say, that drinking can only make matters worse. Nothing can be improved by a return to drinking.

Action for the Day: I must remember today that sobriety means living on a new basis. This includes facing problems and dealing with them... not running from them as I did in the past.


One Day At A Time
Asking for Help
We'd have to have outside help
if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves --
the help of God and another human being.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 59

Thought to Ponder . . .
Simply asking for help seems to be a help in itself.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P =
Hope, Encouragement, Love, Patience.
Daily Motivation
Purpose guiding the way
Discouragement comes from worrying about how. Inspiration comes from diving into the rich feeling of why.
When you attempt to work out every detail of every step in advance, it can be confusing and frustrating. To add some powerful clarity, settle on a good, meaningful first step and take it.
Yes, it is important to figure out how you will move forward, and to make realistic plans. Yet you don't have to figure it all out in advance.
Getting started immediately is more important than debating with yourself about exactly how you'll finish. As long as your plans are at least one step ahead of your actions, and as long as you remember why, you'll be able to keep moving ahead.
Your experience in taking the early steps will enable you to more effectively determine and execute the later steps. And in every step along the way, always remember why you have chosen to move forward.
Stay in touch with why, and have faith that your sense of authentic purpose will lead you to the objective you have chosen. Step forward, and with your purpose guiding the way, find the path that takes you there.
-- Ralph Marston

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