Monday, November 19, 2012

Daily Motivation 11-19-2012

Monday, November 19, 2012
Today's Gift

Archie Bunker: What's wrong with revenge? That's a perfect way to get even. —Norman Lear

When we are locked within negative, hostile thinking patterns, we go around in mental circles. What seems perfectly rational to us at the time looks misguided and blind when we look back. Carrying a grudge or a desire to get even with someone is a cancer inside us. It belittles us and holds back our spirit.

We break through our mental circles by revealing our anger to others. We talk with other recovering men and let them know the details of our resentments. We listen to their experiences and apply them in our program. As long as we keep our thoughts and feelings to ourselves, we only recycle the same thinking system. When we take the risk and talk to friends, we build bridges that bring in new ideas.

I will not harbor my resentments within myself. I will talk with a trusted friend so I can learn to let them go.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple
Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. ---Herman Melville

We have hung on in hard times. We made it through our addiction. Some of us have lived through abuse. We’ve felt like our hearts were broken. But we’ve proven we are survivors. Now we’re learning that we can heal.

Being in recovery doesn’t mean things will be easy. But we have a Higher Power to help us. We have friends who listen to us, care for us, and help us through the pain. Because of our recovery program, we’re able to keep hope and love in our lives---One Day at a Time.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me through the hard times. Help me trust in Your love and care.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll plan ahead. What will I do now so that I’ll have strong support when hard times come?


One Day At A Time

As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful,
and ask for the right thought or action.
We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show,
humbly saying to ourselves many times each day
"Thy will be done." 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 87-88

Thought to Ponder . . .
The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P A U S E =
Patience And Understanding Succeed Every time.

Daily Motivation

Feel good at the core

Life is increasingly filled with distractions, and they can be very compelling. Yet the distractions are not what bring fulfillment.

Fulfillment, by its very definition, requires that you focus your energy and attention on what’s truly important to you. In order to fulfill your purpose, you must live with that purpose at the center of your awareness.

Distractions can be exciting, fun, interesting, informative and enabling. However, there is more to life than just bouncing from one distraction to another.

The pleasures that only take a moment to achieve will be completely gone in the next moment. Yet the joys in which you invest great time, effort and substance will last a lifetime and beyond.

To truly enjoy life’s many pleasures and diversions, you must have a solid perspective from which to experience them. That perspective, that foundation, is built with focus, discipline and authentic purpose.

The distractions can make you feel good, for a moment or two, on the outside. Choose also to continually build the substance of your life, and to feel good about yourself at the very core of your being.

— Ralph Marston

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