Monday, December 20, 2010

Daily Motivation 12-20-10

Monday, December 20, 2010
Today's Gift

Give to the world all that you have, and the best will come back to you. —Mary Ainge De Vere

When we share something of our own with a friend, it gives both of us a special feeling. Generosity blesses the giver as much as the receiver. Sometimes we feel selfish, wanting to hoard all our treats or treasures. But when we secretly hide them away, we cheat even ourselves from enjoying them.

Giving love and friendship to others works in just the same way. When we express love and kindness to others, we feel more love toward ourselves. Though we may not understand just how it works, we can be certain it does. The more of anything we give away to others, the greater our own rewards will be.

How can I practice generosity today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©1985

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
---Edith Wharton
Our Higher Power is the candle. And our hearts, like a mirror, reflect a warm, loving glow. But when we used alcohol and other drugs, we tired to be the candle. We wanted to have control. Many of us acted like this to hide how out of control we felt. We never thought we could be happy by admitting we were out of control.

In recovery, we accept that it’s okay to be the mirror. We accept that our Higher Power is the candle that guides us. We want to be the mirror that reflects how much our Higher Power loves us.
Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, thank-you for the light and warmth You give me.

Action for the Day:  Tonight, I’ll light a candle and place it in front of a mirror. I’ll study how they work together to light the room.


One Day At A Time
I have come to believe
that if I follow this program of enlightened self-interest one day at a time,
it will not only keep me away from that first drink under any circumstances
but also help me to unselfishly enjoy passing it on.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 65

Thought to Ponder . . .
An open heart is never a lonely one.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T =
One Day At A Time.
Daily Motivation
A full-time thing
If you quit before the work is completed, the work you've done is wasted. Honor the time and effort you've already put into it by finishing what you started.

If you plant a seed, and water it just for a few days, and then stop, you might as well have never planted it.
Remember to direct your focus again and again toward those things you're committed to completing.
Being inspired for a few minutes or for a day or two feels good. Being inspired for a lifetime is what actually achieves good and valuable results.
Remind yourself what a truly extraordinary opportunity you have by virtue of being you. Then remind yourself again, and again, on every day, in each new situation.
Feel the exquisite joy and purposeful power of being alive. Then commit yourself to staying connected to that feeling.
Don't settle for just a few moments here and there of brilliance and inspiration and true richness. Make life's richness a full-time thing.
-- Ralph Marston

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