Monday, January 24, 2011

Daily Motivation 1-24-11

Monday, January 24, 2011
Today's Gift

Clearing the Slate

One of the greatest gifts we can give is an open, loving heart. And holding on to negative feelings from past relationships is our greatest barrier to that gift.

Most of us have had relationships that have ended. When we examine these relationships, we need to clear the emotional slate. Are we holding on to anger or resentments? Are we still feeling victimized? Are we living with the self-defeating beliefs that may be attached to these relationships - Women can't be trusted.... Bosses use people.... There is no such thing as a good relationship....

Let go of all that may be blocking your relationships today. With great certainty, we can know that old feelings and self-defeating beliefs will block us today from giving and getting the love we desire. We can clear the slate of the past. It begins with awareness, honesty, and openness. The process is complete when we reach a state of acceptance and peace toward all from our past.

Today, I will begin the process of letting go of all self-defeating feelings and beliefs connected to past relationships. I will clear my slate so I am free to love and be loved.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Walk In Dry Places
No Hidden Thoughts_____Moral Inventory
It is fortunate that we can think in secret, because our thoughts would quickly get us in trouble if others could read them.  In our thoughts, we can choose what we wish to reveal to others before we speak or act. In the long run, however, we do not really conceal our true thoughts and feelings. The nature of our thoughts shapes our character and becomes part of us.  It even affects our appearance. It is not difficult at all to identify people who are fearful, angry, or jealous.

This process has its good side, because kind thoughts and feelings also affect our appearance, and in positive ways. Norman V. Peale wrote that "God runs a beauty parlor," meaning that plain people with gracious thoughts tend to become more attractive as years wear on.
We need not fear our own thoughts and feelings if we are continuing to work the program.  As the sober years stretch out, we will be improving our thoughts and feelings, and this will tell others what the program is doing for us and through us.

Action for the Day: I'll remember today that I don't really keep my thoughts and feelings secret. I will think well of myself and all others.  I know that there are no hidden thoughts in the long run.

One Day At A Time
I realize that all I'm guaranteed in life is today.
The poorest person has no less and the wealthiest has no more
-- each of us has but one day.
What we do with it is our own business;
how we use it is up to us individually.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 392

Thought to Ponder . . .
What have I been given today?
Am I willing to reach out and grasp it?

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T =
One Day At A Time.

Daily Motivation
Accepting disapproval
If you give in to the disapproval of others, you'll simply encourage them to disapprove even more. If you fight against their disapproval, that will also cause their disapproval to grow stronger.

Your most effective response is to gently accept the disapproval, then let it go and move forward. That strategy will dilute and dispense with the resistance you encounter faster than anything else.
Stop needing the approval of others, and you'll receive more approval and support than ever. Live each moment from your own inspiration, not from your desire to look good in the eyes of others.
You can be exceptionally kind, loving, giving and respectful without being a slave to the opinions of others. Accept that other people will disapprove of some things you do, and you'll free yourself to do truly magnificent things.
Your great value does not derive from the approval of others. You are entirely worthy and able to give much to life, regardless of what anyone else may think.
Graciously and enthusiastically accept that others will disapprove, no matter what you do. And delight in the freedom of doing whatever you know is right for you.
-- Ralph Marston

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