Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Daily Motivations 3-16-11

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Today's Gift

Positive Energy - It's so easy to look around and notice what's wrong. It takes practice to see what's right.

Many of us have lived around negativity for years. We've become skilled at labeling what's wrong with other people, our life, our work, our day, our relationships, our conduct, our recovery, and ourselves.

We want to be realistic, and our goal is to identify and accept reality. However, this is often not our intent when we practice negativity. The purpose of negativity is usually annihilation.

Negative thinking empowers the problem. It takes us out of harmony. Negative energy sabotages and destroys. It has a powerful life of its own.

So does positive energy. Each day, we can ask what's right, what's good - about other people, our life, our work, our day, our relationships, ourselves, our conduct, our recovery.

Positive energy heals, conducts love, and transforms. Choose positive energy.

Today, Higher Power help me let go of negativity. Transform my beliefs and thinking, at the core, from negative to positive. Put me in harmony with the good.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk in Dry Places
Anger….  A dangerous weapon
One reason some of us have trouble overcoming anger is that we've used it too often as an offensive weapon. It can be employed as an excuse to leave the house, it can bring an argument to an explosive end, and it can make others fearful and defensive.  In the past this brought results of a sort, and helped reinforce the idea that anger works.
The trouble with anger, though, is that it's destructive. Once angry, we hurt ourselves and we hurt others. Terrible things said in anger leave wounds that never heal, creating problems that lead to more anger. The AA program can show us that there is virtually no justification for anger, under any and all circumstances. If we sense it coming on, we have the choice of taking charge of our feelings. If we're angry over another's behavior, we can remember that anger might be a way of reacting, but it's not necessary in our lives.

Action for the Day: I'll make it through this day without a trace of anger.  I'll frequently remind myself that anger is destructive and that my real purpose is to build a better life.

One Day At A Time
We are also convinced, after the countless attempts we made to prove otherwise,
that alcoholism is incurable -- just like other illnesses.
It cannot be "cured" in this sense: We cannot change our body chemistry
and go back to being the normal, moderate social drinkers
lots of us seemed to be in our youth. As some of us put it,
we can no more make that change
than a pickle can change itself back into a cucumber.
- Living Sober, p. 8

Thought to Ponder . . .
If you think you are an alcoholic or addict, chances are you are.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T =
Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, Trust

Daily Motivation
No longer impossible

The only way impossible can continue to be impossible is if nothing changes. And as is clearly obvious, life is always changing with every passing moment.
The concept of impossible is a static concept. Yet you are a dynamic force and as such, impossible does not really apply.
Yes, something may indeed be impossible at the moment. It won't stay impossible for long.
How many good and fulfilling things have you given up on because they once were impossible? Perhaps it's time to consider them again.
Whatever you're able to achieve, comes from the realm of what is possible. And then, every achievement makes even more things possible.
Clearly focus your thoughts on the most wonderful outcome you can envision, and get yourself moving to make it happen. If it's not possible now, it will be very soon.
-- Ralph Marston

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