Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Daily Motivations 12-8-10

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Today's Gift

I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring.
  —Dodie Smith

Repeatedly, today and every day, we will be in new situations, new settings with old friends, and old settings and situations with new friends. Each instance is fresh, unlike all the times before. And inspiration can accompany each moment, if we but recognize how special it is.

"We will not pass this way again," so the song says, which heightens the meaning of each encounter, every experience. Acknowledging that something can be gained each step along the way invites inspiration.

Inspiration moves us to new heights. We will be called to step beyond our present boundaries. Maybe today. Whenever the inspiration catches our attention, we can trust its invitation; we are ready for the challenge it offers. We need not let our narrow, personal expectations of an experience, a new situation perhaps, prevent us from being open to all the dynamic possibilities it offers.

I must be willing to let my whole self be moved, inspired. I must be willing to let each moment I experience be the only moment getting my attention.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©


Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Keep It Simple
"When I was about 12, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody's noticed."---John Lennon.

"We all have secret ideas about ourselves. How often we have said to ourselves, If only They knew...But if we watch others, we see that many of their ideas are not so secret. We can often guess how they see themselves by the way they act. We all act out our secrets. Faith means trusting our Higher Power with our secrets. Faith in others means trusting them with our secret feelings. Why share these secrets? When we were using alcohol or other drugs we lived too much in a secret world. We need to give up the secrets that keep us from others. We need others in our lives. Our spirits need to be close to others.

Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, help me to live in ways I'm not ashamed to tell others. Allow me to meet you and others, free of shame.

Action for the Day:  Today, I'll share one of my secrets w/ a loving friend."

One Day At A Time
Safe Haven
Hopelessness has been replaced by abundant hope and sincere faith.
The people of AA have provided a haven where, if I remain aware
and keep my mind quiet enough,
my Higher Power leads me to amazing realizations.
I find joy in my daily life, in being of service, in simply being.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 475

Thought to Ponder . . .
The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Always Aware.


Daily Motivation
Creative energy

Worry is a misuse of your amazing creative energy. Think of what would happen if instead of wasting it on worry, you used all that creative energy to imagine positive outcomes in your life.
There is no limit to what you can imagine, and there are no restrictions on the kinds of things you can imagine.
Your imagination is filled with precisely the things you choose to imagine.
If you have nothing better to imagine, it can be much too easy to imagine all sorts of disastrous scenarios. But it doesn't have to be that way.
With just a little bit of initiative you can plant positive and empowering seeds in your imagination. And in the fertile realm of your powerful imagination, those seeds will grow ever stronger in their beneficial influence.
Even a negative experience can set off a positive chain of thoughts in your imagination, when you so choose. It's really just as easy and realistic to imagine solving a problem as it is to worry about being overwhelmed by that problem.
When you feel worry coming on, always remember that you have another choice. As long as you're imagining elaborate scenarios, you might as well imagine the very best.
-- Ralph Marston

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