Friday, December 31, 2010

Daily Motivation 12-31-10

Friday, December 31, 2010
              Today's Gift
Finish each day and be done with it. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well.  —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two of the most useless phrases in the English language are "what if" and "if only." We waste so much time and energy thinking about what we might have done and wishing we had acted or reacted differently. We imagine how things might have turned out "if only . . ."

All of us make mistakes. To go back and wonder and wish about our yesterdays prevents us from living fully today. Each day is a fresh chance; a new beginning. We can only squeeze what we can out of the moment and let the drops fall where they may. Some will evaporate and some will form rainbows.

Can I forget about yesterday and start a fresh new day?

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


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple
May you live all the days of your life'--Jonathan Swift.
Tonight, at midnight, a New Year will begin. None of us know what the New Year will hold. But we can trust ourselves to hold on to the spirit of recovery as we go through the year. As a New Year is about to begin, we can rejoice in our new way of life. We can give our will and our life to our HP. By doing these things, we'll be ready for the New Year.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I pray that I'll start the New Year safe in Your loving arms. I pray that I'll keep working my program.

Action for the Day:  Tonight, at midnight, I'll say the Serenity Prayer. I will think of all the others who have read this meditation book and who will join me in this prayer. We are a recovering community.


One Day At A Time
A Backward Glance
When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us
when we put ourselves in our Higher Power's hands
were better than anything we could have planned.
Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live
in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100

Thought to Ponder . . .
A new world came into view.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B E S T =
Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?

Daily Motivation
Live now
Let go of the need for things to be a particular way, and enjoy life just as it is. Let go of the assumption that you must always have something more, and find true enjoyment in all that is already in your life.
Dream big, meaningful dreams and make detailed, effective plans for bringing those dreams about. Live forward toward those dreams, but don't ever postpone your enjoyment of life.
You are worthy of the very best that is in this moment, so fully accept it and experience it. This moment is worthy of the best that's within you, so generously give of yourself.
Live the value that is your life right now. Even in the most ordinary moments, life is as rich and fulfilling as you choose to make it.
If you're always waiting for later, or for things to get better, you'll miss out on the very opportunities that will lift you ever higher. Instead, have confidence in the value of where you now are and what you now have.
Live now, and live as if you are the richest person who has ever lived. Because when you do, you are.
-- Ralph Marston

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