Thursday, July 21, 2011

Daily Motivation 7-21-11

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Today's Gift
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
--William James
Many of us learned as children that rejection and abandonment are part and parcel of being alive. We are so used to feeling as though things won't work out, that fear - like a shadow - is always lurking behind us.
Usually there's something specific to be afraid of - that we won't have enough money to pay our bills, someone we love will die, or our children won't do well in school. And always there's the generalized fear that events will overwhelm us in spite of our best efforts.
We need to be careful about creating what we look for. Regardless of the frightening experiences of the past, we need to believe that other results are possible: All loved ones don't leave, all risks don't end in devastation, and all efforts aren't dashed on the rocks of defeat.
New consequences are possible when we believe they're possible. The brave new world that each of us seeks stands on the shoulders of that belief.
I am sick and tired of being fearful. Today, I am confident that positive efforts will yield positive results.
You are reading from the book:

Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Walk In Dry Places

Creating good impressions
There's a saying that we have only one chance to make a good first impression. That's true, but we always have the opportunity to make good lasting impressions.
The secret of making good impressions is contained in one word: ATTITUDE. Whatever we really feel will be expressed to others as our true character and the impression we give will be authentically us.
The way to control the impressions we are making is simply to continue cultivating an attitude that's consistent with humility, acceptance, and graciousness. We should have others' best interests at heart without being meddlesome. We should be genuinely helpful.

This attitude will create any good impressions we need to make.

Action for the Day: Working to make sure I'm thinking the right way. I'll forget about the impressions I'm making. If my attitude is right, the impression will take care of itself.


One Day At A Time

Letting Go of Old Ideas
We finally asked ourselves: Wouldn't it be more intelligent
to seek out and tap a strength greater than our own
rather than persist in our futile solo efforts,
after they had time and again been proved ineffective?
We still don't think it is very smart to keep trying to see in the dark
if you can simply switch on a lamp and use its light. . .
And the full enjoyment of living sober isn't a one-person job, either.
- Living Sober, p. 73

Thought to Ponder . . .
Hold your face up to the Light,
even though for the moment you do not see.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T =
Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.

Daily Motivation

Your most rewarding role

Be your best by being you. Be highly effective by being highly authentic.

Stop wasting your effort and energy to hide who you truly are. Your greatest value is in your own uniqueness, so let that value freely flow from you.

There is great power in truth. In the truth of who you are is the power to be the best you can be.

Allow the boundless energy of your authentic desires to keep you enthusiastic and inspired. Let yourself be unapologetically who you are and let your beautiful inner value be expressed in ways that benefit all those around you.

Say what you know is true, and do what you know is right. Give your best by being faithful to what you know is best.

Let everyone else be like everyone else. Your most rewarding role is to be you.

— Ralph Marston

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