Monday, September 12, 2011

Daily Motivation 9-12-11

Monday, September 12, 2011
Today's Gift

No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves today. —Brendan Francis

We often find ourselves yearning for tomorrow. We get carried away thinking about the next day's big game or camping trip. We find ourselves daydreaming about how much fun we'll have with friends or what animals we'll see in the park.

The next day comes and perhaps the excitement about the game diminishes because our friends can't make it or the camping trip is cancelled because of bad weather. We feel cheated and begin regretting the missed opportunities of yesterday.

When we find ourselves concentrating only on tomorrow, we need to stop and look around. We'll begin to notice the joke a friend is telling, or the bird flying overhead. We will begin appreciating the joys of the moment.

When we live in the moment, we have no expectations about the next moment, and without expectations, we can't be disappointed, only surprised.

What is delightful about this moment right now?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

When angry, count to ten before you speak: if very angry, a hundred.
---Thomas Jefferson
Sometimes we just want to yell. Maybe a family member or a friend messed
up, and we want to “set them straight.” Start counting. Maybe we got chewed
out at work and we want “to get even.”

Start counting.

We get drunk on anger. We may feel powerful when we “set someone straight.”
But like an alcohol high, an anger high last only a short time and can hurt others.
We must control our anger. This is why we count.

Cool down. Think out what you need or want to say. Use words that you’ll not be
ashamed of later. Learning how to respect others when we’re angry is a sign of recovery.

Prayer for the Day : Higher Power, teach me to respect others when I’m angry.

Action for the Day: Today, when I feel angry I’ll count. I’ll work at not controlling others with my anger.

One Day At A Time
When fear persisted, we knew it for what it was,
and we became able to handle it.
We began to see each adversity as a God-given opportunity
to develop the kind of courage which is born of humility,
rather than bravado.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 91

Thought to Ponder . . .
Courage is fear in action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E =
Hang On; Pray Every Day.
Daily Motivation

Be amazing at being you

Your most important job is to be you. Because that’s something nobody else can do.

Through your perspective, life is able to know and experience itself in a unique and valuable way. From your efforts, the world receives goodness that can come from nowhere else.

You owe it to yourself to fulfill your best possibilities. And you owe it to all of life to express the beauty and the abundance in your own unique way.

You’re not here to merely be the same as anyone else, and you won’t really find any satisfaction in doing so. The greatest gift you have to give is in the living of your most deeply held values and desires.

Live each moment with the courage of your uniqueness. Be amazing at being you.

— Ralph Marston

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