Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Daily Motivation 12-14-10

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Today's Gift

Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbons. —Ann Ruth Schabacker

Today will be filled with surprises, big ones and small ones, like the gifts at a birthday party. Maybe we'll see a friend we haven't seen for a while. Or we'll find something we thought was lost. Whatever happens today will be special, and is meant to help us grow in just the right way.

Growing up doesn't always feel easy. We're expected to be more responsible and thoughtful of others. We're expected to be honest about our feelings and needs. If we're angry or scared, we need to tell someone. Sharing our secret about being afraid relieves us of the fear, and we feel lighter, happier, like after opening a special gift.

When I receive today's gifts, will I stop to appreciate them?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is broken winged bird that cannot fly.
--Langston Hughes

Many of our dreams died as our addiction got worse. We felt the loss but couldn't speak it. With recovery, we regain our ability to dream. Dreams of sharing our lives with family and friends return. They push out thoughts of getting high. Dreams of pride and self-respect reappear. They replace the awful feeling of shame. Like the quote above says, "Hold fast to dreams...." Our dreams are our wishes for the future. They hold a picture of who we want to be. In our dreams, we let our spirits soar. Often, we fell close to God, others and ourselves. Thanks God, we can dream again.
Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, thanks to you, my wings have been mended. Guide me as I fly.

Action for the Day:  Today, I'll take time out to dream and share my dream with those I love.

One Day At A Time
Avoiding the First One
Many of us, when we first began to drink, never wanted or took more than
one or two drinks. But as time went on, we increased the number.
Then, in later years, we found ourselves drinking more and more,
some of us getting and staying very drunk.
Maybe our condition didn't always show in our speech or our gait,
but by this time we were never actually sober.
- Living Sober, p. 4

Thought to Ponder . . .
The first drink has the last say.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W =
No Other Way.

Daily Motivation
Truth of who you are
What would it take to get you to do what you think you cannot do? What dream, what purpose, what goal will inspire you to engage with life more fully than you ever have?

What is so important to you that it will have you ignoring all the enticing distractions? What is so desirable and compelling that it will have you running out to embrace each new challenge?
Your life can be whatever you most sincerely and passionately want it to be. You are the living, growing, ever-evolving expression of the unique and wonderful you.
You are here on this day, in this place, to live the richness. You are here right now to choose a particular flavor of richness that will energize your whole world through you.
Remember how good it can feel to be you, and let that feeling lead you to your most sincere purpose. As you focus awareness on that purpose, it spreads outward and illuminates life in its own beautiful way.
What will it take to make you unstoppable? Nothing more, nothing less than the undeniable truth of who you are.
-- Ralph Marston

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