Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Daily Motivations 2-23-11

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Today's Gift
An Unfolding Story

Our lives are like a story told one day at a time. Some of our story has been revealed; much remains. Yet life is not like a book in which you can skip ahead; life unfolds one day at a time.

Though it may be hard right now, let's not wish any of it away but live each day fully. We are the only ones who can write our story.

Am I fully present in my life today?

Thought for the Day

Change is not visible on a daily basis but may be revealed when I am not looking

You are reading from the book:

A Restful Mind by Mark Allen Zabawa

Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk In Dry Places
Decision Making
We always have choices
Self-pity is often rooted in the strong feeling that people or conditions have victimized us.  "I never had a chance" and "You deceived me!" are common complaints that reveal self-pity.
It is astonishing and humbling to learn that we always have choices, even when other people or bad conditions are grinding us down.  One of the great discoveries of the Twelve Step movement is that alcoholics could begin to recover no matter how helpless they had become, no matter how far they had slid into defeat and despair. Once a decision was made to seek sobriety as a primary goal, other choices and decisions became possible.

We choose our attitudes and responses.  We have neither the power nor the right to control others, but we can choose to soften our attitudes toward them, and we can forgive and release people we don't like. We can always choose how we want to think and feel. It may take effort to break the habit of feeling victimized and sorry for ourselves, but our higher power will show us the way if we decide that is what we really want.
Action for the Day: Nobody can ruffle my feathers today or make me feel oppressed and victimized.  I can always make choices that will enhance my sobriety and place me on a better footing for the days ahead.

One Day At A Time
As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful,
and ask for the right thought or action.
We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show. . .
But this is not all. There is action and more action.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 87-88

Thought to Ponder . . .
Right action promotes right thinking
quicker than right thinking promotes right action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Accountable Actions.

Daily Motivation
Deliver the value
When you have to choose between getting it done and getting it perfect, get it done. Don't let the desire for perfection be an excuse for never finishing.
Do your very best with the time and resources you have. Even if the results are not perfect, they will nonetheless bring great value.

By all means, let perfection be your goal. Just be sure not to let it become your excuse.

Be true to the highest standards you can envision, while at the same time being realistic about what you're doing. Your magnificent vision will be of no use to anyone unless it is expressed in some specific, tangible form.

Even if you can't get it perfect, go ahead and get it done. Achieving ninety-five percent of what you envision is much better than holding out for one hundred percent and never getting it done.

Though it won't be perfect, and not everyone will like it, go ahead and deliver the value that you create.

-- Ralph Marston

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