Monday, May 23, 2011

Daily Motivation 5-23-11

Monday, May 23, 2011
Today's Gift
To have one's individuality completely ignored is like being pushed quite out of life. Like being blown out as one blows out a light. --Evelyn Scott
We need to know that we matter in this life. We need evidence that others are aware of our presence. And thus, we can be certain that others need the same attention from us. When we give it, we get it. So the giving of attention to another searching soul meets our own need for attention as well.
Respectful recognition of another's presence blesses that person, ourselves, and our Higher Power. And we help one another grow, in important ways, each time we pay the compliment of acknowledgment.
We're not sure, on occasion, just what we have to offer our friends, families, co-workers. Why we are in certain circumstances may have us baffled, but it's quite probably that the people we associate with regularly need something we can give them; the reverse is just as likely. So we can begin with close attention to people in our path. It takes careful listening and close observation to sense the message another soul may be sending to our own.
I will be conscious of the people around me. I shall acknowledge them and be thankful for all they are offering me.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The present will not long endure.---Pindar
At certain moments, our best friend is time. Time is a gift given us. Time helps us heal. We need to know that when things are tough, these times will pass, and peace will return. Our Higher Power can be like a parent who comforts a child when there's a storm outside. The parent gently reminds the child the sun will shine again.

Tough times come and go. There will be times when life is ugly and very painful. We can't be happy all the time. Remember, our Higher Power is always there. We must have faith in this. A saying often heard in the program is, "This too shall pass."

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, remind me that things will get better. Even if they get worst for a while, they will get better. Let this be my prayer in hard times.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list times in my life when I thought I couldn't go on. I'll remember the pain, but I'll also remember how time was my friend.


One Day At A Time
Given enough anger, both unity and purpose are lost.
Given still more 'righteous' indignation, the group can disintegrate;
it can actually die. This is why we avoid controversy.
This is why we prescribe no punishments for any misbehavior,
no matter how grievous. Indeed, no alcoholic can be deprived
of his membership for any reason whatever.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 98

Thought to Ponder . . .
Punishment never heals. Only love can heal.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P U T =
Patience, Understanding, Tolerance.

Daily Motivation

True to your best possibilities

You have a very good idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. So here’s a little reminder to do what works, right now, and let go of what doesn’t.

You’ve probably told yourself ten thousand times that you’ve been meaning to do some particular thing, so here’s a suggestion. Go ahead and get it done.

The distractions can be seductive, and they make it very easy to procrastinate. But merely filling your time won’t fill your life.

You can do better and you’ve always known it. This moment right now is your opportunity to put the best of what you know you can do into action.

Here in front of you is a chance to live at your highest level of effectiveness. Where you are now, is where you can feel the powerful, intoxicating feeling of knowing you’re living true to your best possibilities.

Dive head first into the immense richness of life that awaits you in this moment. Live, feel, think and act on a level that’s worthy of the beautiful, unique, miraculous collection of possibilities that you are.

— Ralph Marston

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