Monday, March 7, 2011

Daily Motivation 3-7-11

Monday, March 7, 2011
Today's Gift

He who distributes the milk of human kindness cannot help but spill a little on himself.
—James Barrie

We like ourselves best when we like those around us. When we smile at them, they smile back; when we ask them, they tell us about themselves. When we scowl at people, they'll frown back; when we ignore them, they'll walk away.

It's true that we get back what we put into things, whether it's work, play, love, or gardening. We decide by the extent of our commitment how valuable or enjoyable or depressing an experience can be for us.

Our actions toward others come right back to us. When we smile at people, they smile back, and we feel good. Sometimes feeling good about ourselves depends on feeling good about others. When we send out that smile of ours, those who get it pass it on, and we have added power to the happiness of the world.

What can I do to show my fondness for others today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple

To make the world a friendly place One must show it a friendly face.---James Whitcomb Riley
We are beginning to learn that we get what we expect. Why? If we believe that people are out to get us, we'll not treat them well. We will think it's okay to "get them" before they "get us." Then, they'll be angry and want to get even. And on it goes. It's great when we can meet the world with a balance. We are honest people. We can expect others to be fair with us. We get the faith, strength, and courage to do this because of our trust in our Higher Power.

Prayer for the Day:  Higher Power, I put my life in Your care. Use me to spread Your love to others.
Action for the Day:  Today, I'll spread friendliness. I will greet people with a smile.


One Day At A Time
If we are fooling ourselves, a competent adviser can see this quickly.
And, as he guides us out of our fantasies, we are surprised to find
that we have few of the usual urges to defend ourselves against unpleasant truths.
In no other way can fear, pride, and ignorance be so readily melted.
After a time, we realize that we are standing firm
on a brand-new foundation for integrity.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 264

Thought to Ponder . . .
I cannot mend if I bend the truth.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W I S D O M =
When Into Self, Discover Our Motives.

Daily Motivation

Easier said than done
Taking consistent, persistent, focused action is easier said than done. Disciplining yourself to rise above the distractions and put forth meaningful effort, is easier said than done.

In fact, nearly everything you can think of is easier said than done. But just because something is difficult doesn't mean it's impossible.
Just because something is easier said than done, is no reason to give up on it or avoid taking action. Because there's really no reason why you must make the easiest choice.
Much of the time, easy is overrated. Easy might appear nice from a distance, but when there's too much ease in your life, there aren't very many opportunities for fulfillment.
Many things in life are in fact extremely difficult to accomplish. Most of those things are very much worth the trouble.
Yes, it is indeed easier said than done. And that's an excellent reason to step forward and do it.
-- Ralph Marston

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