Monday, January 10, 2011

Daily Motivation 1- 10-11

Monday, January 10, 2011
Today's Gift

You feel the way you do right now because of the thoughts you are thinking at this moment. —David D. Burns

Good thoughts are like bright colors in a painting. Negative thoughts are dark and dreary and drab. Each day we paint pictures of our own lives with our thoughts. If we step back and look at the canvas, we will see whether the picture is alive with bright colors or dreary and lifeless like a dark cloud. Our thoughts have the power to bring joy or sadness our way, depending on what we expect or look for in our surroundings. The choice of how we want our lives to be is ours. Since we paint a new picture each day, we are always free to change things when they don't please us. What better time than the present?

Is there something in my life I'd like to change today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
No Need for Envy___Overcoming Envy
We would be unusual people if we did not suffer from the common feeling of envy. Quite often, we are envious of people who surpass us in some activity or who threaten our self-esteem in some way. Even if we are high achievers in spite of our drinking and using, we might envy people who appear to be rivaling or overtaking us.
We can make choices about envy.  We do not have to be envious of anybody when we fully accept ourselves and our Higher Power's will for us.  There is no reason to be envious of another if we are doing what our Higher Power wants us to do and if we have turned our will and lives over to a power greater than ourselves.

We should be on guard for jealous feelings toward those close to us. Most of us can shrug when we read about strangers winning the million-dollar lottery, but how would we feel if a close friend or relative won?  When those envious feeling surface, we might face them by admitting them to others and asking our Higher Power's help in rising above them. And if we share these feelings in-group discussions, others will be helped by our display of honesty.
Action for the Day: I will accept myself, as I am this day. I will not be jealous of anyone's status, possessions, or opportunities.

One Day At A Time

I reasoned that I had been usually successful
in licking my other personal problems . . .
I felt I had every right to be self-confident, that it would be only a matter of
exercising my will power and keeping on guard.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 40

Thought to Ponder . . .
When we try to control our drinking or using, we have already lost control.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
I S M =
I Sabotage Myself.

Daily Motivation
Let peace be

Put the power of peace in your life. Let the power of peace fill your moments and your world.

When you are at peace, your thoughts and actions bring maximum results. When you are at peace, you can feel the perfect worthiness of all that you truly are.
Peace comes with being honest, with yourself, with others, in your thoughts and your intentions. Peace comes with being thankful without condition or limitation.
Peace is always there within you. Turn loose of the anger, frustration, worries, judgments and distractions, and that peace will begin to shine through.
Peace is who you are when you are completely honest. Live from your authentic center, and you will live with peace.
In peace there is great positive power. Let peace be, and let it come through you.
-- Ralph Marston

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