Thursday, March 3, 2011

Daily Motivations 3-3-11

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Today's Gift

Most kids hear what you say; some kids do what you say; but all kids do what you do. —Kathleen Casey Theisen

We are role models for many people: our children, our co-workers, other women in the program. Step Twelve encourages us to set good examples for anyone who might be looking on. Living a principled life takes practice, and progress, not perfection, is hoped for.

Abstinence has offered us a new set of tools for shaping our behavior. No longer must we regret what we did yesterday or last week. We are learning to monitor our actions, but even more importantly, we are defining our values. They, in turn, influence what we say and do.

Thoughtful responses to the situations we encounter require conscious attention to those events. We need reminding, perhaps, that our behavior is continuously telling others who we are, what we value, and how we view the people close to us. All of us, consciously or otherwise, imitate behavior patterns of persons we admire. Unfortunately, we sometimes mimic unfavorable behavior, too.

There are those casting their attention our way. The opportunity to model favorable behavior awaits us.

People will follow my lead. I shall walk softly, humbly and lovingly.

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


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple
Love doesn't make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. ---Franklin Jones
Before recovery, anger, self-pity, and sadness often filled our hearts. The world went on. We came to hate the ride. In recovery, love fills our hearts. We begin to love life. Love is really caring about what happens to other people. Love is what makes the ride worth it. We find much love in our program. People really mater to us. We really matter to others. For many of us, we learn how to love in our meetings. The program teaches love because the program is love.

Prayer for the Day:  I pray that I'll welcome love into my heart and others into my life. Love brings me closer to my Higher Power.

Action for the Day:  I'll list all the people I love and why they matter to me.


One Day At A Time
Acts of Faith
When a bad day comes along and everything is going wrong,
a meeting or a talk with another drunk often distracts me enough to persuade me
that everything is not quite as impossible, as overwhelming as I had thought.
In the same way, going to a meeting or talking to a fellow alcoholic
are acts of faith. I believe I'm arresting my disease.
These are ways I slowly move toward faith in a Higher Power.
- Daily Reflections, p. 74

Thought to Ponder . . .
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H =
Finding Answers In The Higherpower.


Daily Motivation

Live intentionally

If you want to live richly, live intentionally. Choose what you wish to create, and then experience the immense satisfaction of making it so.

Instead of being consumed with doubts and fears about what might happen, be focused on what you will cause to happen. Listen to your heart, and take the initiatives that most closely resonate with what you hear.

Absolutely accept and embrace whatever randomness life brings your way. Yet do it from a perspective of your own choosing.

Get the very most from each day by making the intentional choice of how to spend it. Instead of being pushed in a hundred different directions by the conflict and complexity that surrounds you, harness the energy of your passion and purpose.

Direct yourself, consistently and persistently, toward the places, situations, experiences, people and results that you wish to have in your life. You have more than enough energy, opportunities and ability, when focused in a specific direction, to achieve whatever you choose.

So choose to choose. Decide how your life will be, this hour, this day, this year, this century, and live the true richness of making it happen.

-- Ralph Marston

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