Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. --Nathaniel Branden
When we first become aware of a problem, a situation, or a feeling, we may react with anxiety or fear. There is no need to fear awareness. No need.
Awareness is the first step toward positive change and growth. It's the first step toward solving the problem, or getting the need met, the first step toward the future. It's how we focus on the next lesson.
Awareness is how life, the Universe, and our Higher Power get our attention and prepare us for change. The process of becoming changed begins with awareness. Awareness, acceptance, and change - that's the cycle. We can accept the temporary discomfort from awareness because that's how we're moved to a better place. We can accept the temporary discomfort because we can trust our Higher Power, the Universe, and ourselves.
Today, I will be grateful for any awareness I encounter. I will display gratitude, peace, and dignity when life gets my attention. I will remember that it's okay to accept the temporary discomfort from awareness because I can trust that it's my Higher Power moving me forward.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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
Change occurs when one becomes what they are, not when they try to become what they are not. --Ruth P. Freedman
Learning self-acceptance, and then loving the selves we are, present perhaps our two biggest hurdles to the attainment of emotional and spiritual health. Fortunately, they are not insurmountable hurdles. The program offers ready assistance.
People everywhere are making great strides in self-love and self-acceptance. We are learning self-love. And we are changing. The support we can give others, and the support we receive, multiplies many times the healthy energy created--healthy energy that touches us all.
Emotional and spiritual health are gifts promised by the program, when we work it. We must move beyond our perfectionism and relish our humanness. And the Steps are the way. We must learn humility and develop faith, and the Steps are the way. Learning to love all our parts, the qualities we like and the traits that discouragingly hang on, offers a new freedom. A freedom that invites change. A freedom that safeguards the emotional and spiritual well-being that we strive for.
Action for the day: I will remember that confidence will come with my healthy self-acceptance.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support ForumsDaily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2
One Day At A Time
Came To Believe
We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results,
even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is our Higher Power.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 46
Thought to Ponder . . .
What are you coming to believe? Belief is a continuing action.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
The time to live is now
by Ralph Marston
The person you’ve been waiting to become, woke up and got out of bed this morning. The day you’ve been waiting for, to really, truly, fully live, is here.
The time to wait is over. The time to live is now.
Your dreams are ready for you to fulfill. Your values, your interests, your passions, your goals are all ready for you to express, here and now.
Whatever else this moment brings, it also brings the opportunity to live with richness and joy. Though the trumpets may not blare and the crowds may not cheer, this is a moment worthy of such.
This is an extraordinary moment in an extraordinary day, with possibilities that have no end. And you are here right now to live it.
Your time has arrived, loaded with opportunity. Stop waiting and start living.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/