Friday, September 21, 2012

Daily Motivation 9-21-2012

Friday, September 21, 2011
Today's Gift
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. - Arnold Bennett
Accepting Change
The winds of change blow through our life, sometimes gently, sometimes like a tropical storm. Yes, we have resting places - time to adjust to another level of living, time to get our balance, time to enjoy the rewards. We have time to catch our breath.
But change is inevitable, and desirable.
Sometimes, when the winds of change begin to rustle, we're not certain the change is for the better. We may call it stress or a temporary condition, certain we'll be restored to normal. Sometimes, we resist. We tuck our head down and buck the wind, hoping that things will quickly calm down, get back to the way things were. Is it possible we're being prepared for a new "normal"?
Change will sweep through our life, as needed, to take us where we're going. We can trust that our Higher Power has a plan in mind, even when we don't know where the changes are leading.
We can trust that the change-taking place is good. The wind will take us where we need to go.
Today, help me, Higher Power, to let go of my resistance to change. Help me be open to the process. Help me believe that the place I'll be dropped off will be better than the place where I was picked up. Help me surrender, trust, and accept, even if I don't understand.
From the book The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Letting Go of Urgency

One thing at a time.

That's all we have to do. Not two things at once, but one thing done in peace.

One task at a time. One feeling at a time. One day at a time. One problem at a time. One step at a time.

One pleasure at a time.

Relax. Let go of urgency. Begin calmly now. Take one thing at a time.

See how everything works out?

Action for the Day: Today, I will peacefully approach one thing at a time. When in doubt, I will take first things first.
One Day At A Time
Self-centeredness ~
Selfishness -- self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles.
Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity,
we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate.
Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation,
but we invariably find that at some time in the past
we have made decisions based on self which later put us in a position to be hurt.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
What I fear I create.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R =
Fighting Ego Against Reality.
Daily Motivation

Enjoy life itself

The simple, common things in life can be just as enjoyable as the big, impressive things. When you make the choice to enjoy life itself, you’ll find yourself being lifted up by anything and everything.

Enjoy life itself, with all the ups and downs, and you won’t waste your precious time worrying about what’s coming next. Relish the experience of life itself, and every day will be filled with opportunities for true joy.

It’s great to have big, wonderful, meaningful dreams and ambitions. But you don’t want to postpone your enjoyment of life until after those dreams are realized.

Instead, find joy in the everyday process of bringing your dreams about. Find your joy in the everyday moments of life itself.

You don’t have to wish or beg or hope or struggle for more. You already have life itself, and the more of it you live, the more of its goodness you have.

Rather than putting conditions and judgments on your experiences, simply enjoy life itself. And in that joy, you’ll find life getting better and better.

— Ralph Marston

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