Friday, June 24, 2011

Daily Motivation 6-24-11

Thursday, June 24, 2011
Today's Gift
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. --Soren Kierkegaard
Once, in a small village, there was a huge fire. The blaze spread and several homes and businesses were burned to the ground. After a long while, the fire was brought under control and put out. Villagers banded together to rebuild their town, but one quite persistent young man insisted on searching the rubble for the cause of the fire.
Impatient townspeople scolded him, saying, "Why waste time searching for causes? Knowing them won't put out the blaze or repair the damage."
"I know," replied the young man, "but knowing why might prevent other fires."
Sometimes we have to look at painful past experiences in order to prevent their recurrence. When we understand ourselves better, we can move beyond the past and walk toward the future with surer, safer steps.
How well can I use my past today?
You are reading from the book:

Today's Gift by Anonymous


Twenty-Four Hours A Day

Walk In Dry Places

Self Improvement

Expressing gratitude
How can we express gratitude when we feel it? We can begin by simply using the proper forms of courtesy at all times; this reminds us that we can't live without other people.

The best way to express gratitude, however, is to "ass on" the good that has come to us. This is more effective when we share ideas and experiences that have helped us on the way to self-improvement.

It's also a good idea to dismiss thoughts and statements that are forms of prideful boasting. Even telling people how hard we've worked for the 12 Step program can detract from our gratitude. And never, under any circumstances, should we put others under obligation to us.

Action for the Day:  I'll discover ways to express my gratitude today. I'll know that my best way of doing it is to pass on good ideas to others.


One Day At A Time

We find that our old attitudes toward our instincts
need to undergo drastic revisions. . .
We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts
cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives.
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse;
we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.
But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first --
then and only then do we have a real chance.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 114

Thought to Ponder . . .
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Attitude Adjustment


Daily Motivation

The real richness

This day is quickly passing. Do something rich and fulfilling with it.

This opportunity you have, has no limit. Dare to dream your biggest dreams, right now, for now is when you can live them.

Don’t concern yourself with appearing impressive, or with appearing any other way. Give yourself fully to being authentic, for that is where the real richness is.

Fall fervently in love with all that is now, and all its value will be yours too. Stand in awe of the possibilities, and be carried along with the very best of them.

Fully enjoy the breathtaking wealth of living that this very day is now bringing to you. All the goodness you could ever think to hope for, is ready for you to create.

The real richness of life is in you today. Let it lift you ever higher.

— Ralph Marston

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