Friday, November 27, 2015
Limited expectations yield only limited results. --Susan Laurson Willig
Schoolchildren perform according to the expectations their teachers have of them. Likewise, what we women achieve depends greatly on what we believe about ourselves, and too many of us have too little belief in ourselves. Perhaps we grew up in a negative household or had a non-supportive marriage. But we contributed, too, in our negative self-assessment. The good news is that it no longer needs to control us.
We can boost our own performance by lifting our own expectations, even in the absence of support from others. It may not be easy, but each of us is capable of changing a negative self-image to a positive one. It takes commitment to the our self, a serious relationship with our higher power, and the development of positive, healthy relationships with others.
It's true, we can't control other people in our lives. And we can't absolutely control the outcome of any particular situation. But we can control our own attitudes. Interestingly, when we've begun tagging ourselves competent and capable, instead of inadequate, we find that other people and other situations become more to our liking, too.
I will be fair with myself. I can do what I need to do wherever I am today. Only I can hold myself down.
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
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Keep It Simple
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. --Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein knew in his heart that the source of all his knowledge was not himself, but a mystery--something or someone outside himself. And it left him in awe and wonder. He knew also that while genius may be ninety percent hard work and only ten percent inspiration, all the hard work in the world amounts to nothing without that outside, mysterious inspiration.
He was right. We can work hard and play hard. We can paint and draw and write and develop formulas all our lives, but none of it will be new or different unless we are open to inspiration from some power outside ourselves that also, somehow, is deep within us. To be really good at anything, whether it's playing baseball, designing fashion clothing, fixing an engine, or cooking, we must believe in some creative force that helps us excel. When we see that force at work, we stand in awe at the wonderful and mysterious gift we have been given.
Action for the day: I will list ways how have I been inspired to discover something.
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
Perfection would limit me; imperfection offers me the freedom of a million potentials.
All the excitement and interest and wonder of adventure are mine to explore, ever-new, ever-changing, ever-becoming.
Thank God, as a result of AA and sobriety, I am liberated from dreaming the impossible dream and free, finally, to start living the possible dream.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], .p. 61
Thought to Ponder . . .
Give me the courage to be imperfect.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F = Happy, Joyous, Free.
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Let go of what you’re not
by Ralph Marston
Let go of what you’re not. Your life, your time and your energy are too important to waste.
Let go of what you’re not, and make more room for all you love. Drop the pretenses and embrace authentic goodness.
You can make the biggest positive difference by being you. You can change the world for the better by being your authentic best.
Let go of what you’re not and celebrate all you are. Wrap your awareness around what really matters.
You’ll never be satisfied following anyone else’s dream. Real fulfillment comes from achieving what is most meaningful to you.
Let go of what you’re not, and give yourself the space to fully live as the unique, beautiful person you are. Let go of what you’re not, and free yourself to give your best to all of life.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/