Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-29-2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Today's Gift

When people envy me I think, Oh Goodness, don't envy me, I have my own pains. —Barbra Streisand

A forest is full of many different kinds of trees--they are all sizes and shapes and shades of color. It is hard to imagine a pine tree wishing it was an oak. Or a fir tree envying the birch its white bark. Instead, each tree catches raindrops and reflects the sunshine in its own way.

We often find ourselves envying someone else. We think they have more money or more friends. We see them as better looking or luckier in some way than we are.

It is so easy to overlook our own gifts when we do this. We get fooled by what looks good and forget that all human beings have some weaknesses and pain, just like we do. Like the trees in the forest, we each have our own unique beauty and talents to offer. If we believe in ourselves, rather than envy those around us, we will grow green and tall in our own way.

What qualities do I have that someone might envy?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

To try to extinguish the drive for riches with money is like trying to quench afire by pouring butterfat over it. --Hindu proverb

In life, we must learn what we truly want and what is only a symbol of our desires. Do we truly want to use our energies pursuing success, or are we seeking approval from others? Do we truly want money so much, or are we attempting to escape the basically insecure nature of life? Do we truly enjoy the pleasure of food so much, or are we in search of comfort for our emotions?

Our desires, our wants, and our anxieties are spiritual issues. What at first we think we want may only hide deeper, more vulnerable, and painful feelings. When we admit the deeper fears and desires, we move closer to the spiritual truths of our lives. We can search for acceptance within ourselves. We can learn to have spiritual peace in an insecure world. We can learn to accept the love of others even though we know we're not perfect.

Action for the Day: Today, I will ask myself what I want and listen with courage to my answer. It will lead me in my spiritual progress.

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One Day At A Time

We found that, like everybody else, we were afflicted with pride, self-pity, vanity
and all the things which go to make up the self-centered person;
and we were not above selfishness or dishonesty.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 116

Thought to Ponder . . .
False pride became the reverse side that ruinous coin marked "Fear."

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P R I D E =
Personal Recovery Involves Deflating Ego.

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Be at peace
by Ralph Marston

Quiet your mind. You don’t have to think through every moment before you live it.

Certainly it is good to think and to live intentionally. It is also good to sink into peaceful awareness.

Just be. Stand and simply experience what is in front of you, not what you worry about or imagine.

Refresh your memory of what it feels like to live a while with no agenda other than to be. Amaze yourself at the sheer beauty of life in an utterly ordinary place and time. 

Allow yourself to fully experience what is here, what is now, and what is real. Yes, imagination is powerful, and action is essential, but not all the time. 

Let your thoughts, your feelings and your whole self be at peace. Then take from that peace the strength to move forward with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor. 

— Ralph Marston

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