Thursday, October 6, 2011

Daily Motivation 10-6-10

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Today's Gift
The more I give myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy it without feeling guilty or judgmental about any other time, the better I feel about the quality of my work. -- Wayne Dyer
Living or Waiting?
What is the real secret of living 24 hours at a time? Isn't it really a matter of feeling completely comfortable in the present rather than believing that happiness depends on something in the future?
Whatever our situation today, it's something we must live through and deal with effectively. We may be overlooking many wonderful things in our present life simply because we believe we need some exciting experience that can only come later on.
We also might be overlooking present opportunities because we're spending too much time in the past. The past, whether it was good or bad, is beyond our control.
Our mission is to live effectively and happily today. We can do this best when we realize that yesterday and tomorrow don't really exist - today is all we can be sure of.
I'll live today in the present, handling every problem as well as I can and enjoying every experience that comes to me.
From the book Walk in Dry Places by Mel B.
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple

It is often easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them---Adlai Stevenson
It easy to talk about our values. But when the clerk at the store gives extra change
my mistake, those values get put to the test. It feels good to read about spirituality
in a comfortable chair at home. But when we get stuck in a traffic jam, it’s hard to
live by our values.

That’s why practicing our program daily helps. Practice prepares us for the tough times.
Maybe we’ll feel like drinking or using other drugs once a year. Maybe we’ll only
get the wrong amount of change once a year. But if we live our values daily, we’ll be
ready when the hard times come. Remember: “It’s not enough to talk the talk. You
have to walk the walk.”

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me live this program each day. Help me
“walk the walk.”

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll do a Step Ten, Taking an inventory tells me if I’m
living up to my values.
One Day At A Time
In every AA story, pain has been the price of admission into a new life.
But this admission price purchased more than we expected.
It led us to a measure of humility,
which we soon discovered to be a healer of pain.
We began to fear pain less, and desire humility more than ever.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 291

Thought to Ponder . . .
Pain nourishes courage.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T =
One Day At A Time.
Daily Motivation

Simply be happy

If you want to be helpful, be happy. If you want to be successful, be happy.

Happiness is not the result of a life well lived. Happiness is the fuel for a life well lived.

If you won’t let yourself be happy, you can’t be happy. Yet when you simply allow happiness, nothing can keep it from you.

But isn’t it naive to be happy when there are problems and tragedies, disappointments and obstacles throughout life? Actually, it is a sense of happiness and positive self worth that will push you successfully through even the most difficult challenges.

You don’t have to justify your happiness, or explain it or be ashamed of it. Just let it be, and let its power create real, meaningful value in your world.

In fact, there’s nothing you must be happy about. Simply be happy, and let your authentic joy lift your whole world higher.

— Ralph Marston

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