Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Daily Motivations 3-2-11

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Today's Gift

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. —Erica Jong

There was a time when we didn't believe we had any talents. We couldn't imagine we had any purpose or any gift to give to the world. But it's true: We all have talents, many of them. If we each haven't yet discovered ours, we soon will. With time and the Steps and friends, we will be encouraged to recognize them, to celebrate them, to cultivate them, to dare to give them away.

Utilizing our talents fully, which is part of life's bigger plan, may lead us to new jobs, new friends, to places presently unknown. The prospect of new horizons may excite us. It may also elicit dread. We can trust that, just as we are given no problems too big to handle, we are given no talents too great to develop. The strength to move ahead will always be available if we have faith. And the program offers us faith.

I will look for my talents today. I will also look for talents in my friends. I can celebrate them, and soon the way to use them will become clear.

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

Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk in Dry Places
What will this change bring?
When facing change, it's not unusual to feel both apprehension and expectancy. We are apprehensive because we know that change includes risk. We feel expectancy, however, because we know that improvement can come only through some kind of change.
The way to handle change is to see it as part of the higher plan working in our lives.  If we believe that our lives are in the care and keeping of our Higher Power, we have to know that everything is in good hands.  As change occurs, it is simply part of a plan that is unfolding in order to bring more good into our lives.

We should not expect change without temporary disruptions or even surprises that appear to be setbacks.  All that's necessary is to know that change is good if we maintain the right attitude toward it. It's also helpful to review the past changes that have been so important in our lives.  Once change has occurred, we come to accept it as normal, forgetting that it involved a lot of anxiety at one time. So it is with any change that is unfolding now.  It's part of a wonderful plan that cannot fail.
Action for the Day: I accept change without fear or superstition.  Change is built into the nature of things, and will always be part of our lives.  I accept it as readily as I accept change of the seasons.

One Day At A Time
Seventh Step Prayer
My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad.
I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character
which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.
Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I want my Higher Power to remove my character defects, I'll have to stop doing them.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E =
Hang On; Pray Every day.

Daily Motivation

Make life happen
You don't have to wish or hope for things to happen. Because you can make things happen.

You don't have to wonder whether something will work or not. Because you can gather the resources, make the effort and find out for yourself.
There's no need to live in fear of what life might bring. You can make your life unfold in the way you'd like to see it unfold.
There's no reason to worry about lack or limitation. You can act to work your way through whatever obstacles and challenges are present.
Of all the abilities you have, the most powerful ability is the ability to utilize your abilities in a meaningful way.
Not only can you make things happen, you can make things happen with purpose and intention and in the service of your highest values.
Don't worry or wonder or beg or steal or wish or regret or envy or wait. Use all that energy to make life happen, in the way you know is best, right now.
-- Ralph Marston

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