Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Daily Motivation 2-22-2012

Wednesday, January 22, 2012
Today's Gift

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. —Seneca

When we reach a stressful time in our lives, our vision gets narrow. We fail to see the options and possibilities we have. If we give ourselves over to our worries and fears, our sight closes down even further. Finally, we reach the point of blindness to reality and to all the support around us. In our fearful blindness we say with conviction, "This is too difficult! There is nothing I can do."

The spiritual man strives to keep one eye on the horizon, even in a worrisome situation. He breaths deeply so he does not tighten up or closes off his exchange with the world. He returns to the relationship he has with his Higher Power, trusting the process to carry him through, and he opens his eyes to quietly take in the possibilities before him.

Close to my Higher Power, I have a place of calm in the midst of difficulty and see the possibilities and dare to act upon them.

 From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
I want to dance always, to be good and not evil, and when it is all over not to have the feeling that I might have done better. --Ruth St. Denis
Our wants in life may be simple, or they may be complex. They may yet be confused in our minds, but the clarity will come if we're patient. Our Higher Power has a way of giving us an "inner tug" when a certain direction beckons. Our responsibility is to follow that tug and trust it, fully. Too often we look back on our lives with regret. What is done, is done. We learned lessons from those mistakes. Every day is a new beginning. And we can close every day with no regrets when we have followed our consciences, that "inner tug" that beckons.
The opportunities will come today. Opportunities to be good or evil. Opportunities for making choices over which we will feel good or full of regret at the day's close. Many of our choices will bring us closer to the satisfaction, the contentment with life, that we all search for as women and men, as human beings. We need not fear coming to life's close, wishing we had done more or better. Living each day in good conscience, waiting for the tug and following it, will ensure a life well lived.
Action for the Day: My ego can block out the tug, if I let it. Or I can trust.
One Day At A Time
Facing Challenges
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's,
but when an honest effort is made "to practice these principles in all our affairs,"
well-grounded AA's seem have the ability, by our Higher Power's grace,
to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith.
We have seen AA's suffer lingering illness with little complaint,
and often in good cheer.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 114

Thought to Ponder . . .
The will of my Higher Power will never take me where the grace of my Higher Power will not protect me.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P =
His Ever-Loving Presence.
Daily Motivation

Do what matters

The life you long to live is as close as your next action. All you have to do, is to do what matters.

The fulfillment of your most beautiful dreams can begin right now. All you must do, is to do what truly matters.

You are not here to live out someone else’s idea of a satisfying life. You have your very own unique perspective on what is important and meaningful.

If you’re continually frustrated with what you’re doing, the answer is clear. End your frustration by investing your time and effort in what matters.

When you know you’re doing what truly matters, the challenges and obstacles will still come your way. However, you will absolutely have the energy, the commitment, the drive and fortitude to successfully work through every difficulty.

Life is always best when you do what matters most to you. In all you do, do what matters, and bring your very best possibilities brilliantly to life.

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