Friday, July 8, 2011

Daily Motivation 7-8-11

Friday, July 8, 2011
Today's Gift
Go with the flow.

Let go of fear and your need to control. Relinquish anxiety. Let it slip away, as you dive into the river of the present moment, the river of your life, your place in the universe.

Stop trying to force the direction. Try not to swim against the current, unless it is necessary for your survival. If you've been clinging to a branch at the riverside, let go.

Let yourself move forward. Let yourself be moved forward.

Avoid the rapids when possible. If you can't, stay relaxed. Staying relaxed can take your safely through fierce currents. If you go under for a moment, allow yourself to surface naturally. You will.

Appreciate the beauty of the scenery, as it is. See things with freshness, with newness. You shall never pass by today's scenery again!

Don't think too hard about things. The flow is meant to be experienced. Within it, care for yourself. You are part of the flow, an important part. Work with the flow. Work within the flow. Thrashing about isn't necessary. Let the flow help you care for yourself. Let it help you set boundaries, make decisions, and get you where you need to be when it is time. You can trust the flow, and your part in it.

Today, I will go with the flow.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


Twenty-Four Hours A Day
Keep It Simple

Be brave enough to accept the help of others
Often is the past, we acted like we didn't need anyone. It takes courage to let others help us.
As we get better, our courage grows. We invite people into our lives. We help others, and we let others help us.

We will learn to let others help us if we work our program. Why? Because we need others to stay sober. When we have a problem, we talk about it in our group. When we need a shoulder to cry on, we call a friend or our sponsor. Over time, our relationships become one of the biggest rewards of recovery.
Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me see my need for others as a test---a test to see if I’ll be brave enough and wise enough to ask for help when I need it.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list four times in my life when I needed help but didn't ask for it. I'll tell a friend about how these times would have been different if I had asked for help.


One Day At A Time
That seems absurd and untrue. How can you keep anything if you give it away?
But in order to keep whatever it is we get in AA,
we must go about giving it away to others, for no fees or rewards of any kind.
When we cannot afford to give away what we received so freely in AA,
we had better get ready for our next "drunk." It will happen every time.
We've got to continue to give it away in order to keep it.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 156

Thought to Ponder . . .
It works -- it really does.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E =
Helping Other People Every day.

Daily Motivation

Let go of the trying

If you’re trying hard and not making any progress, quit trying. Quit trying and start being.

When you see yourself as trying, you don’t see yourself as succeeding. The perception and perspective of trying makes everything into a struggle.

There is great value within you. Allow it to come out, naturally and without a fight.

Instead of trying to get to some other point, give your love and attention to doing your very best right where you are, with what you have. Instead of seeing yourself as not there yet, be thankful that you are right where you are meant to be.

Yes, by all means envision a bright future in which your dreams are fulfilled. And see how everything that comes your way is the unfolding of that beautiful future.

Let go of the trying and let yourself make purposeful, effective efforts. Let go of the judgments, and let each moment of your positive energy bring new richness to life.

— Ralph Marston

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