Friday, April 8, 2011

Daily Motivations 4-8-11

Friday, April 8, 2011
Today's Gift

Any time you sense you are getting overrun by outside influences and losing your feelings, put your attention inside your body. Relax. . ., let your breath sink low. . ., breathe in your abdomen. . . . —ANNE KENT RUSH

When we are feeling as though all our energy is scattered throughout our bodies, we need to practice centering, or focusing this energy into one place. Our center may change from day to day, and each of us feels it differently.

When we're walking, we may feel power coming from our hips and spreading through the body, heart, and mind. When we're in a meditative mood, we may feel warm energy at the back of the head. At other times, we might feel a real centering place in the middle of the chest, right where our heart and arms and breathing come together. There is no one way to be at peace. Centering is a way for each of us to find and picture to ourselves our focused energy. When we can do this, we increase our power to bring about those things we want from life, those things we really do deserve.

Where is my energy right now?

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
So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making.
They arise our of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example
of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so.
Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness.
We must, or it kills us!
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light,
take off all your envy, jealousy, un-forgiveness, selfishness, and fear.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A R T =
Always Remain Teachable.

Daily Motivation

Stay determined

Even while life throws you frustration and disappointment, you can quietly and steadily achieve. Even when you cannot make a lot of progress, you can make a little progress.

That small progress adds up, day after day. Soon it becomes much more valuable than anything you could accomplish in a single effort.

Sure, some things can be accomplished in a burst of determined effort. However, the most valuable achievements take time, with one small, yet effective action after another.

Determination is a powerful force that can compel you in an intimately meaningful way to take action. And determination becomes much more powerful when you’re able to spread it over long periods of time.

The longer you can maintain your determination, the higher the level of achievement you’ll be able to reach. It’s great to be determined, and even more powerful when you can stay determined.

Keep your determination alive and growing by reminding yourself again and again of why it’s important to you. Keep your actions coming by continuing to fuel them with the power of positive determination.

— Ralph Marston

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