Thursday, November 11, 2010

Daily Motivations 11-11-2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Today's Gift

Life has got to be lived--that's all there is to it. At 70 I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that, "This, too, shall pass!" —Eleanor Roosevelt

Wisdom comes with age, but also with maturity. It is knowing that all is well in the midst of a storm. And as our faith grows, as we trust more that there is a power greater than ourselves, which will see us through, we can relax, secure that a better time awaits us.

We will come to understand the part a difficult circumstance has played in our lives. Hindsight makes so much clear. The broken marriage, the lost job, the loneliness have all contributed to who we are becoming. The joy of the wisdom we are acquiring is that hindsight comes more quickly. We can, on occasion, begin to accept a difficult situation's contribution to our wholeness while caught in the turmoil.

How far we have come! So seldom do we stay caught, really trapped, in the fear of misunderstanding. Life must teach us all we need to know. We can make the way easier by stretching our trust--by knowing fully that the pain of the present will open the way to the serenity of the future.

I know that this too shall pass.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©



Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Keep It Simple
It may be those who do most, dream most.---Stephen Leacock

Daydreaming gives us hope. It makes our world bigger. Daydreaming can be part of doing Step Eleven. As we meditate, we daydream. Through our daydreaming, we get to know ourselves, our spirit, and our Higher Power. What special work can we do? Our dreams can tell us.

There is time to work and time to dream. Daydreaming helps us find the work our Higher Power wants us to do.

Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, please speak to me through my daydreams.
Action for the Day:  I’ll set aside time to daydream. I will look into a candle flame, at picture, or out a window, and let my mind wander.

One Day At A Time
Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen.
We must avoid quick-tempered criticism, furious power-driven argument,
sulking, and silent scorn.
These are emotional booby traps baited with pride and vengefulness.
When we are tempted by the bait,
we should train ourselves to step back and think.
We can neither think nor act to good purpose
until the habit of self-restraint has become automatic.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 179

Thought to Ponder . . .
The Seven T's -- Take Time To Think The Thing Through.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K =
Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary, Kind.

Daily Motivation
Get stronger
When the difficulties come, and pile so high on top of one another that you can't see the way forward, you have a choice. You can choose to give up, or you can choose to get stronger.
You can choose to bury your dreams under impenetrable layers of worry and fear. Or you can choose to make those dreams even more magnificent and compelling so that you cannot resist being pulled forward by them.
You can choose to feel sorry for yourself, or you can choose to feel the power of your true purpose. You can look for who is to blame, or you can look for ways to take full responsibility for the situation.
This is your life, and even the difficult stretches are very much worth living. In fact, it is during the challenging times that you build new capacity for greater richness.
When there is no obvious reason to be positive, choose to be more positive than ever before. Instead of being overwhelmed by the problems, choose to be energized by the positive possibilities hidden within them.
Feel the genuine confidence that comes from knowing you always have a choice. And choose to live the positive value in whatever life may send.
-- Ralph Marston

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