Monday, October 17, 2011

Daily Motivation 10-17-11

Monday, October 17, 2011
Today's Gift
Making assumptions is something we all do in many areas of our lives. An assumption is “something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof.” In other words, it is belief without proof. --from:
To assume what other people are thinking or feeling without asking them is to invite misunderstanding. Just as disastrous is to assume other people know what we want or need without our telling them. Many potentially good friendships and marriages perish because of our false assumptions and our lack of honest communication.
Do we assume others can't live without us or wouldn't know what to think or feel unless we told them? Do we take for granted that "silence means assent"? Do we assume others don't have time for us, or don't care about us, if they don't call or go out of their way to talk to us? Do we think others can read our minds without our ever opening our mouths?
Since we can only assume the same limited or distorted thoughts of others that we have of ourselves, we each need to take the initiative to ask probing questions and give honest responses in our relationships.
TODAY I will not make the mistake of projecting my feelings onto others. I will initiate honest and open communication.
From The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes.

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Every child is an artist. The problem is remain an artist once your grow up.---Pablo Picasso

We each have colorful ideas waiting to be shared. We’re alive inside. But do we let this side of us show? Our disease stole much of the child like openness. Many of us were taught that growing up meant denying the child within us. Many of us grew up in homes where it wasn’t safe to act alive and creative. Whatever the reason, it’s time to claim the child, the artist, in each of us. Each of our programs is different, and each has its artistic touch. When we tell our stories, we share our life. And our lives are unique and alive. The more alive we become, the more color we bring to others and ourselves. Let’s not be afraid to add color to our lives.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me claim the child inside of me. Joy is choice. Help me choose it.
Action for the Day: Today, I’ll work at not hiding myself from others. I’ll be alive, and I’ll greet everyone I meet with the openness of a child.
One Day At A Time
Gateway to Spirituality
None of us can ever fathom the glories and the uncharted regions of the universe.
But we can live on earth and love one another.
We can let in the beginnings of concern, compassion, consideration,
and watch ourselves grow.
With the tools and guideposts of AA, we can learn a little of this precious gift --
our gateway to human spirituality.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 120

Thought to Ponder . . .
The Three "C's" -- Concern, Compassion, Consideration.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S =
Keeping It Simple, Spiritually.
Daily Motivation

The opportunity of now

It makes no difference what has just happened, or why, or how. Whatever else it may be, it is also an opportunity.

To see the opportunity, stop looking backward and begin looking forward. Let go of your resentment, your contentment, your anger and even your satisfaction.

Focus on what you can now do. Whatever your feelings may be, direct their power toward creating new and meaningful value.

Be ready and willing to challenge your assumptions. This is a new moment, with new realities, so don’t obscure those valuable realities behind outdated assumptions.

As powerful and transformative as the past may have been, this is a new day with its own opportunities. It is now up to you to engage the best of those opportunities and to make the most of them.

You are in a powerful position because you can choose what to do next. Grab the opportunity of now, and move your whole world forward.

— Ralph Marston

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