Monday, August 22, 2011

Daily Motivation 8-22-11

Monday, August 22, 2011
Today's Gift
A man of courage is also full of faith. -- Cicero
Faith and courage walk hand in hand. Courage empowers us to act in favor of what we believe, but cannot know. Courage is animated by the vision of faith. It doesn't take any faith to perform an action that doesn't require a risk. Only when the outcome is uncertain, and the effort itself a feat of daring, must faith and courage come on the scene together to get the job done.
To reach out to another, if we have known frequent rejection, is to act courageously in spite of an uncertain outcome. To stand firm in a decision, if we have always given in and given up, is to back our faith in a most daring and courageous way.
Many recovering people, who never think of themselves as spiritual, are excellent models of faith because they continually reach out for what is not common in their lives. Because they believe, they're willing and able to take the risk.
Today, I can do what I believe I can do.
You are reading from the book:

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

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

It’s a rare person who wants to hear what we doesn’t want to hear.---Dick Cavett
We want only to hear good thins. That we’re nice people. That our loved ones are healthy. That we did a good job. We don’t want to hear that anyone is angry with us, or that we made a mistake. We don’t want to hear about illness or troubles.

But life isn’t just happy news. Bad things happen. We can’t change that. As we live our recovery program, we learn to handle the addiction. We choose the path of life. We need to know all the news, good, and bad.

Then we can deal with life as it really is.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me listen---even when I don't want to. Gently help me deal with both the good and bad. All the help I need is mine for the asking.

Action for the Day: I will ask my sponsor and three friends to tell me about my blind spots.


One Day At A Time
Courage to Change
We treasure our "Serenity Prayer" because it beings a new light to us
that can dissipate our oldtime and nearly fatal habit of fooling ourselves. . .
In the radiance of this prayer we see that defeat, rightly accepted,
need be no disaster.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 20

Thought to Ponder . . .
When I change the way I look at things, the things I look at change.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Acceptance, Belief, Change.
Daily Motivation

Power to live

You are much more powerful, creative and effective than you give yourself credit for being. You are worthy of the best in life because you are able to give your very best to each day.

Start that fortunate process in motion. Open yourself to the positive possibilities of this day and work to bring the best of them to reality.

Whatever good, valuable and meaningful things you can imagine, you can create. Though it requires effort and commitment, you are absolutely capable of making it happen.

Remind yourself that this moment is not merely happening to you. It is happening through you.

You can make it happen in a way that brings great richness to your world and fulfillment to your life. You can choose to be a positive force by directing your potent energy into those things that truly matter.

Right now, you have great power to do great things. Step forward in truth, sincerity, and authenticity, and put that power to use.

— Ralph Marston

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