Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Daily Motivation 9-25-2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Today's Gift
The person with insight enough to admit their limitations comes nearest to perfection. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are Only Human
We can admit our limitations and defects.
When we admit the truth about our limitations and defects, we create fertile ground for new growth and change. But if we wallow in hopeless belief that our defects are just our true nature, we grow committed to them. That is the difference between powerlessness and helplessness. When we accept our powerlessness to control everything, we wake up to a deeper wisdom - that more willfulness only brings more defeat. Some of our needs can only be met and some growth can only happen when we receive a healing infusion of outside help.
But when we tenaciously refuse to accept our powerlessness, our dogged willfulness keeps us trying harder to do what we cannot do alone. Eventually that leads to resignation and helplessness. Our better choice is both painful and hopeful. We can admit our limitations and defects. Then we become receptive to help and acceptance from our mate, other people and from our Higher Power.
Tell someone one of your defects that you are willing to give up.
From the book The More We Find In Each Other by Merle Fossum and Mavis Fossum
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple

. . . he who finds himself loses his misery. Matthew Arnold
We have lost a lot of misery. In it’s place inside us, a spirit grows. . .
as love is added.
Especially self-love. In our dysfunction, we came to hate ourselves. It was
really our dysfunctions we hated. We couldn’t find ourselves. All we saw was
what others saw---our dysfunction.

In self discovery, we’ve found ourselves again. We’ve found we’re good people.
We’ve also come to love the world around us. We see we have something
to offer this world---ourselves.

Why? Because we have found ourselves.

Prayer for the Day: I’m so glad to be alive. At times life hurts, but, in living,
I found You. Thank-you Higher Power. I pray that we may always be close.

Action for the Day: I will list ten great things I’ve discovered about myself.
One Day At A Time
Emotional Sobriety
Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top-approval, perfect security,
and perfect romance -- urges quite appropriate to age seventeen --
prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at age forty-seven or fifty-seven.
. . . how painful to discover, finally,
that all along we have had the cart before the horse!
- The Language of the Heart, p. 236

Thought to Ponder . . .
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, growing spiritually is up to me.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B E S T =
Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?
Daily Motivation

Life as it is

Whatever may happen, there is no need for dismay. Always, there is the opportunity to creatively and successfully deal with the things life sends your way.

There’s nothing to be gained by wishing that things had turned out differently. Pick yourself up, connect with the energy of your passion, put a smile on your face and move forward with what is.

Your best choice is always to be your best. And you can’t be your best when you’re complaining or regretting or worried or dismayed.

Every situation generates a new set of positive possibilities. So in every situation, choose to see those possibilities and to enthusiastically follow them.

Each setback is just another step toward getting where you have chosen to go. Learn, adapt, re-commit, and get quickly back on track.

Every twist and turn in the road of life gives you the opportunity to make a difference. Relish those opportunities, make the most of them, and build a magnificent life.

— Ralph Marston

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