Thursday, December 30, 2010

Daily Motivations 12-30-10

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Today's Gift
I've shut the door on yesterday,
And thrown the key away.
Tomorrow holds no fears for me,
Since I have found today. -- Vivian Yeiser Laramore

Feeling guilty or ashamed about the past - about what we did or did not do, about what happened to us, about who we were - can be our undoing. We must work long and hard in our recovery to work through these feelings, not to forget the past - for it informs all that we value in ourselves today - but to put the past into perspective.

After we've taken an inventory and grieved our losses we must forgive ourselves. In forgiving ourselves we can let go of the past and live in today.

With our program of recovery, looking back is not as frightening as it once was. And today we do not have to bear what we find alone.

A new year, a new life, can be ours. Love and friendship, support and spiritual growth are waiting for us today. Our yesterdays are over, and we can look to the future with joy and anticipation.

Today help me forgive myself for what's past and learn to have faith in Your plan for me

You are reading from the book:

Body, Mind, and Spirit by Anonymous


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk In Dry Places
Has it been a Year of Growth?
As any year draws to a close, we should reflect on how we have grown in sobriety. We should also identify changes during the year that enabled us to overcome bad habits and to move closer to better patterns of living.

Though we never are guaranteed favorable outcomes, we should always remember that sobriety is its own reward. We want a full life of course, but it must begin with a decision to seek and to maintain sobriety at all costs.

We find that with sobriety, lots of other problems seem to solve themselves. Even if they don't we have the tools to move forward and to achieve goals that always eluded us while we were drinking or using. Every year in sobriety is a year of growth.
Action for the Day: I'll be conscious today of recent improvements I've made in my life and all my affairs. With sobriety, these improvements will go on for a lifetime.


One Day At A Time
Being of Service
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others,
to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you,
to have a host of friends -- this is an experience you must not miss.
We know you will not want to miss it.
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89

Thought to Ponder . . .
We give away to keep.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
C A R E =
Comforting And Reassuring Each other.

Daily Motivation
You have the strength
You have the strength to choose your thoughts. You have the strength to choose your actions, your attitude, and your feelings in any given moment.

You have the strength to decide what to focus the energy of your life upon. You can be strong in any way you choose to be strong.
Life will often come at you fast and furious and in an unrelenting way. Yet as intense as it may become, it never has to overwhelm you.
For you can choose to be as strong as you must be. You can think strong and positive thoughts, and follow through with strong, decisive actions.
You can reach inside and feel the ever-growing strength that comes from the truth of who you are. You can connect that strength to everything you do.
You have the strength because you have the choice to live in accordance with your deepest, most treasured values. Choose to be strong, and bring those values more fully to life with every experience.
-- Ralph Marston

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