Wednesday, January 16, 2012
When you do something you are proud of, dwell on it a little, praise yourself for it. —Mildred Newman
Each one of us is very good at something. Maybe it's baseball or tennis where we display talent. Maybe we're good in math or at giving reports. A few people are talented at being good listeners or helpful friends. To recognize our own talents we may need help from others. It's always so much easier to see our faults, or the ways we don't meet our own expectations.
But the fact is we are all skilled in many areas of our lives. To accept praise--better yet, to quietly give it to ourselves--is a sign of healthy growth.
What things have I done well lately?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
What good qualities lie within us? How do we choose to use them today? These simple questions point our way. Yet, on some days it seems so easy to get swept along with thoughts of future pain. And when we are not worrying about the future, we may fall into regrets about the past. Either way, we are distracted from our only opportunity to make a real difference - to be the kind of men we want to be in this moment, to learn from today's experiment in living.
Action for the Day: On this day, I will walk a little slower and will listen closely to the messages within me.
More than most people, the alcoholic/addict leads a double life.
They is very much the actor.
To the outer world they present their stage character.
This is the one they want their fellows to see.
They want to enjoy a certain reputation,
but knows in their heart they doesn't deserve it.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 73
Thought to Ponder . . .
Self-esteem doesn't need an audience.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R = Frustration, Ego, Anxiety, Resentment.
You’ve done great. Now is your opportunity to do greater.
What you sincerely expect of yourself is what you end up doing. So raise the expectations that live at the center of your awareness.
You are capable of much, much more. So go ahead and expect much, much more.
Show yourself how much you believe in yourself and in what you can do. Expect great things, and your sincere expectations will surely and steadily pull you toward those great things.
Within you, there is enormous untapped value. Raise your expectations, and allow more of that value to be shared with all of life.
Raise your expectations. And raise your whole world to a higher, more beautiful and fulfilled level.
— Ralph Marston