Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Daily Motivations 2-9-11

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Today's Gift

We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach. The answer is simple: if you want something very badly, you can achieve it. It may take patience, very hard work, a real struggle, and a long time; but it can be done . . . faith is a prerequisite of any undertaking. . . . —Margo Jones

How many dreams have we let die? How many projects did we start, only to leave them unfinished? How many times have we promised ourselves, "This time will be different," but then didn't work to make it so? Negativity breeds more negativity. Fortunately, its opposite does likewise. Our attitude will carry us a long way. And a positive attitude will make all things possible.

We are meant for good living. But we must seek it out and be open to its invitation, be willing to put forth the necessary effort. Our dreams are our invitations to move forward, to strive for a further goal. And having faith in our ability to achieve our dreams will make easier the necessary steps.

We have been blessed with dreams, all of us. They are gifts meant to stretch our capabilities.

I can trust my dreams and aspirations. They are mine, alone, and special to me. Achievement is possible; faith and a positive attitude will ease my efforts.

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

Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple

H.A.L.T.     --   AA Slogan
H.A.L.T. stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. These feelings can be danger to us. They can lead us away from our program. We need to eat regular meals. When we get too hungry, we get cranky. Then we say and do things we regret.  We need to turn anger over to our Higher Power, or else our anger turns into rage. We need friends to help us in recovery. If we get to lonely, we may turn our addictive way for friendship. We don't stay sober by ourselves. We need a clear mind to deal with life. If we get too tried, we tend to feel sorry for ourselves. Being tired get us into crazy thinking.
Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, remind me to H.A.L.T. Help me to not get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.

Action for the Day:  Today, I'll review the four parts of H.A.L.T. In which areas do I practice good self-care? In which areas do I not? How can I improve?

One Day At A Time
Great Possession
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands,
the dark past is the greatest possession you have --
the key to life and happiness for others.
With it you can avert death and misery for them.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 124

Thought to Ponder . . .
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.

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

Daily Motivation
Time to listen and know

Just stop for a little while and listen. Re-acquaint yourself with the beautiful, peaceful, intuitive person you are inside.

The oh-so-urgent concerns of the world can wait for a little bit. Take some time to listen to the wisdom that speaks softly but profoundly at the center of your being.
Remember what you have forgotten, and discover what you never before realized you knew. Don't be so busy chasing success that you lose touch with why you're doing it.
Quiet your thoughts and know the things that you can know without thinking. Give your dreams and your highest visions the chance to catch up with you.
Listen, without the need to interrupt or judge, or interject your thoughts. Just listen, and know.
Let wisdom and intuition speak clearly and freely to you. Take some quiet, peaceful time to listen, to accept the wisdom, and to know.
-- Ralph Marston

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