Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-20-2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Today's Gift

...You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now. —Joan Baez

How thrilling to contemplate that we can choose every attitude we have and every action we take. We have been gifted with full responsibility for our development. What will we try today? It's our personal choice. How will we decide on a particular issue? Our options are only limited by our vision.

Every situation in life offers us a significant opportunity for making a decision that will, of necessity, influence the remaining situations we encounter. Just as we are interdependent, needing and influencing one another in all instances that bring us together, likewise our decisions are never inviolate. Each is singly important; however, its impact is multiplied by the variety of other decisions triggered.

The choice is ours for livings fully today, for taking advantage of all the opportunities that present themselves. Our personal growths, our emotional and spiritual development, are in our hands. The Universe will provide us with the guidance, and life experiences offers us the tools. The decision to act is ours, alone.

I will exercise my personal power. My choices determine my development.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day


Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament. --George Santayana

We could probably feel more tranquil if the world were a simpler place and always gave us simple answers. But we are faced with many ambiguous and uncertain situations. The changing roles of men and women can often leave us bewildered. We are engaged in the development of relationships that have lives of their own, and it's not always clear where they are headed. Even within ourselves we have contradictory feelings, and it's difficult to come up with clear answers.

Since we cannot force simplicity upon the world, we must turn to ourselves for a new response. We can become more tolerant of our unsettled predicaments. We can learn to have faith that good comes from change. Things have a way of settling out and clarifying with time. As we develop patience with the questions and the unclear issues in our lives, we gain a deeper serenity.

Action for the Day: Today, I will recall the predicaments in my past life that, in time, became clearer, and I will have patience with what seems unsettled.

One Day At A Time

Until I could honestly look at myself and see that I was the problem in many situations
and react appropriately inside and out; until I could discard my expectations and understand that my serenity was directly proportional to them,
I could not experience life and serenity.
- Daily Reflections, p. 71

Thought to Ponder . . .
My disappointments are equal to my expectations.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H A L T = Honesty, Acceptance, Love, Trust.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Get past the fear
by Ralph Marston

What if you gave yourself permission to no longer fear whatever you fear? What if, instead of blindly fearing it, you learned more about it, and sought to understand it and even to positively respond to it?

Fear gets your attention by being overly dramatic. Whatever you fear is not so bad as your fear has made it out to be.

Fear is useful in the short term because it can prepare you and spur quick action. Yet over time, fear builds walls that imprison you and alienate you.

Listen to the fear, but don’t let it become a permanent part of you. Learn from the fear, draw energy from it, and then get yourself past it.

Get past the fear, then summon your newfound courage to accept, to understand and to make something good out of the situation. Instead of letting the fear drain you, allow the positive possibilities to empower you. 

You are strong, smart, capable and motivated to make a positive difference. Get past the fear, and do all the good things you know you can do. 

— Ralph Marston

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