Thursday, January 27, 2011

Daily Motivations 1-27-11

Thursday, January 24, 2011
Today's Gift
In three words I can sum up everything
I've learned about life:
It goes on.
--Robert Frost
Most of us are afraid of anything we can't control. Life is one of these things. During our drinking and drugging days, we had checked out of life. We were sitting on the sidelines, pretending we could get back into it whenever we wanted. But life went on without us. Friends built careers and loving families, and we fell behind. Friends built deeper intimate relationships. They became skillful at living a life of values and communicating with their Higher Power. We fell behind.
Working the Steps requires us to get working. Ours is a program of action. At times we will want to stop and sit on the side of the road again. But we must go on! Go and be of service. Go talk to a friend. Go to an extra meeting. We got sober to have a life, not to sit on the sidelines. We must be recovery in motion, living a program of action.
Prayer for the Day
Place me in the middle of life, Higher Power.
Help me be a person of action. When fear says, "Stop!"
Please whisper in my ear, "Go on, go on!"
Today's Action
Today I will be active and involved in my program and in life. I will be a doer not a watcher.
You are reading from the book:

God Grant Me... by Anonymous


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple
They is no they, only us .--Bumper sticker
For most of us, addiction was full of doubt. We stopped believing  in ourselves. Our thoughts had turned to "stinking thinking." We didn't believe in much of anything. We didn't take risk. We always looked for the easier, softer way. In recovery, we start to believe again. We believe in the program. We believe in a Higher Power. We believe in people. And, over time, we believe in ourselves again. We become better at taking risk. We are able to stay sober because we believe, because we take risk. As we stay sober, we can face almost anything---with the help of others.
Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, I have learned to believe in You. Help me believe in myself. I have something to give to this world. Help me give it freely.


One Day At A Time
Today, I'm counting my blessings instead of my troubles.
When I walked into the friendly atmosphere of my first AA meeting,
I knew I was where I belonged.
Here were people who had thought and felt as I had.
Here was the understanding I'd been searching for all my life.
These people were my friends, and I felt their sincere interest in me.
With these new and enlightening doors opening up to me,
I was able to make the eventual decision to stop drinking, a day at a time
-- because I, too, was an alcoholic.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 315

Thought to Ponder . . .
The peaks and valleys of my life have become gentle rolling hills.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F =
Happy, Joyous, Free.


Daily Motivation
You'll get through
You'll get through this day, and you'll have more strength, richness and wisdom as a result. You'll get through this month, this year, this life, all while adding to the already-great value that is your existence.

You have what it takes to find your way through, and indeed you will. Though it won't always be easy or comfortable or convenient, you will surely and steadily move forward.
You can choose to let the fears hold you back for a while. Or you can choose to let those fears inform and prepare you, and then move on through them to where you are meant to be.
You can come up with all sorts of creative excuses to avoid making progress. Eventually, though, you'll realize what you're missing and will decide to leave those excuses behind.
Whatever comes along, you'll get through it. At some point you'll learn to stop fighting, to stop struggling, to stop complaining, and allow yourself to successfully handle whatever comes your way.
The worries, the fears, the anxieties and moments of hesitation will all be proven wrong. Because one way or another, you will get through.
-- Ralph Marston

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