Tuesday, January 8, 2013
When people make changes in their lives in a certain area, they may start by changing the way they talk about that subject, how they act about it, their attitude toward it, or an underlying decision concerning it. —Jean Illsley Clarke
Acting "as if" is powerful. It leads the way to a changed attitude, a changed person. If we are self-conscious in crowds and fearful about meeting new people and yet act poised and extend our hands in friendship, we'll not only behave in a new way, but feel good about it, too. Each act we take in this way brings us closer to the person we are behaving like. Each positive change we make builds our self-esteem.
Realizing that through our own actions we are becoming the kind of person we admire gives us the strength, in fact, encourages the excitement in us that's needed to keep changing. Making positive changes in our lives is the stuff that comprises self-esteem. Each gain makes the next one easier to attempt.
I will accept an opportunity today to act "as if" I can handle a situation I used to run from.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Action for the Day: Today, I will do one small task that will contribute toward the achievement of a life goal.
The secret of fulfilling my potential is in acknowledging my limitations
and believing that time is a gift, not a threat.
Hope is the key that unlocks the door of discouragement.
The program promises me that if I do not pick up the first drink today,
I will always have hope.
- Daily Reflections, p. 70
Thought to Ponder . . .
Hope leads to faith if you let it.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = Heart Open; Please Enter.
If you tell a big enough lie, people will listen. If you keep telling lies, again and again, no one will ever listen, even when you tell the truth.
It’s fairly easy to be loud and attract attention. Yet if you fail to perform or inspire when attention is focused on you, it becomes much more difficult to attract any more attention.
You can get your way by being a bully. But what you get that way will never fulfill the inner desires of your heart.
If you push your way through life without consideration for others, you’ll experience an empty and cold existence. That’s certainly not what you want, is it?
When you feel the urge to take advantage of others, even in a seemingly minor way, remember this. Ultimately, you will lose more than you gain.
To truly lift yourself up, live with honesty, integrity, respect, peacefulness, humility and honor. That way, your achievements are true achievements that will bring value to the whole of your life and your world.
— Ralph Marston