Friday, August 17, 2012

Daily Motivation 8-17-2012

Friday, August 17, 2011
Today's Gift
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost, that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. --Henry David Thoreau
Positive thinkers have dreams, set goals, make plans, follow through on plans, and get results. Action is the magic word. The more we believe in ourselves, the more we are able to accomplish.
One way to start getting positive results in our lives is to watch how others succeed. If we stick with the winners and learn from their attitudes, we can do just about anything we make up our minds to do.
Today let me choose to set a goal for myself and follow through until I attain it.
From the book Our Best Days by Nancy Hull-Mast
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Words that do not match deeds are not important.---Ernesto Ch'e Guevara
What we do can be much more important than what we say. We tend to talk about things we want to do.
We need to also be people who do things we talk about. We are not spiritual people unless our actions are spiritual.
Many of us used to be "all or nothing" people. That made us afraid to take the big projects. But now we can get things done, if we take one step at a time. We're not "all or nothing" people anymore. We're people who are changing and growing a little every day. And each day our deeds match our words a little better.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me live fully today. Help me not to talk to much about what I want to do. Give me the gift of patience, so I can be pleased with my progress.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list the things that I say I'd like to do. What is one thing I can do today to make each of them happen? I'll take one step today to match my life to my dreams.
One Day At A Time
Red Flags
It can still occur to me what a good drink tastes like and what it can do for me,
from my stand-at-attention alcoholic taste buds
right down to my stretched out tingling toes.
As my sponsor used to point out, such thoughts are like red flags,
telling me that something is not right,
that I am stretched beyond my sober limits.
Sometimes we need to get back to basics and see what needs changing.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 396-397

Thought to Ponder . . .
Make a change, move a muscle.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P A C E =
Positive Attitudes Change Everything.
Daily Motivation

Your kindness

There’s nothing to be gained by being rude. Yet there’s a great deal of benefit in being kind and respectful.

If someone has been rude or hurtful to you, it’s natural to feel like being rude and hurtful in return. It’s natural and understandable, but not at all beneficial for anyone.

Rudeness projects weakness and insecurity, while kindness and respect impart confidence and strength. Which qualities would you prefer to communicate to others?

The powerful choice is the choice to be genuinely respectful and authentically kind. The way to move forward is to move beyond petty negativity and one-upmanship.

Though your kindness will not always be returned, it will certainly be noticed. And even if it’s not appreciated by anyone else, your kindness will always inject more positive value into your own life.

What you give, comes back to you, in ways that are impossible to foresee. Give your kindness, as often as you can, and benefit from the more positive world you are helping to create.

— Ralph Marston

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