Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Daily Motivation 12-28-10

Monday, December 28, 2010
Today's Gift
You saved me one, and what is given is always returned. We are in this life to help one another. --Carlo Collodi

As the end of this year approaches, we think about endings and beginnings. This past year brought us both difficulties and happiness, both pain and healing. It has been a year of growth because we are sober.

Let's think about the year that is ending and be thankful for its gifts. We need to take time to rest before the next year begins. We shouldn't worry about what the next year will bring. We can simply know that next year will bring us the chance to help other addicts who still suffer. We have been saved. We are living a new life. Let's be grateful, and let's plan to reach out next year to share the wealth of sobriety. After all, we are in this world to help one another.

Prayer for the Day

Higher Power, remind me each day that I am needed. By living well, staying sober, and helping others through the program of recovery, I am fulfilling an important purpose in life.

Today's Action

When did I last reach out to a newcomer in recovery? Today I will make a plan for how I will share my experience, strength, and hope through the next year to help save someone else's life

You are reading from the book:

God Grant Me... by Anonymous

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
Rehearing Rejection
The possibility of rejection exists with almost everything we do, if we are free to choose. We might not like rejection, but we want the same freedom to reject others. As freely choosing people, we need to turn down ideas or proposals we don't like.

One thing we should never do, however, is rehearse rejections before they occur. If we do this, we may give up even before we have attempted what we hope to accomplish. In effect, we will be killing our hopes even before others have a chance to review them. This is always a ticket to failure.
Rejection is really a feedback mechanism that reports information we ought to have. It tells us either to change our approach or to seek acceptance elsewhere. It is not evidence that we're completely unacceptable. Our problem with any single rejection may be that it causes us to recall all the rejections we ever had. We can learn to see any rejection as a normal event that can be beneficial if we accept it properly.

Action for the Day: I'll not let any fear or visualization of rejection keep me from actions I ought to take today. I am an acceptable person, and there is a place for what I have to offer.

One Day At A Time
Sometimes, the body can speak an eloquent language all its own.
I see and feel that in meetings. So coming to regular meetings of AA
is a priceless experience for me on a great many levels --
mental, spiritual, social, emotional, and now possibly physical.
Listening quietly is already a joy to me,
and if it calms me down and lowers my blood pressure in the process,
it's just another reason to keep coming back.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 13

Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to listen; listen to learn.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K C B =
Keep Coming Back.

Daily Motivation
Pushing your life forward
As difficult and burdensome as they may be, the obstacles are not holding you back. Your own unwillingness to push yourself ahead is what has been holding you back.

You are entirely capable of working your way through every obstacle standing in your path. But that capability is meaningless if you don't put it to use.
Sure, in the short term it's easier to make excuses than it is to take action. It's easier to give in to the trivial distractions than it is to stay focused on the meaningful possibilities.
Yet by filling all your days with excuses and distractions, you are choosing to fill your life with deep and painful regret. Fortunately, you always have another, much more fulfilling choice.
You can choose, right now and in every moment, to put your powerful and effective abilities to purposeful use.
There is always something you can do, no matter what the situation may be, that will move your life forward.
Even though it will often be difficult and complicated, you know you have what it takes to get it done. And deep down, you know without a doubt that pushing your life forward is always your very best choice.
-- Ralph Marston

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