Thursday, December 8, 2016
Valuing Our Needs
If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor. —Nicholas De Chamfort
We sometimes find it difficult to accept a compliment. We may feel we don't deserve such attention, and point out reasons why the compliment is untrue. When we act this way, we show a lack of love for ourselves.
The bible teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Yet, before we can love anyone, we must believe we are worthy of the same love. No creature is undeserving of love, The Universe reminds us of that. We can stop hiding behind feelings of unworthiness. There's nothing stopping us but ourselves. Sometimes it takes courage to say thank you when we get a compliment. Let's exercise that courage, and each time we do, we'll find our self-love growing.
When I thank people today, will I have the courage to smile, too?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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
When we don't ask for what we want and need, we discount ourselves. We deserve better.
Maybe others taught us it wasn't polite or appropriate to speak up for ourselves. The truth is, if we don't, our unmet wants and needs may ultimately come back to haunt our relationships. We may end up feeling angry or resentful, or we may begin to punish someone else for not guessing what we need. We may end the relationship because it doesn't meet our needs.
Intimacy and closeness are only possible in a relationship when both people can say what they want and need. Sustained intimacy demands this.
Sometimes, we may even have to demand what we want. That's called setting a boundary. We do this not to control another person, but to gain control of our life.
Our attitude toward our needs is important too. We must value them and take them seriously if we expect others to take us seriously. When we begin to place value and importance on our needs we'll see a remarkable change. Our wants and needs will begin to get met.
Action for the Day: Today, I will respect the wants and needs of others and myself. I will tell others, my Higher Power, and myself what I want and need. I will listen to what they want and need too.
From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time
Today I reside among the living, no better, no worse than any of God’s other children.
Today I look in the mirror when putting on my makeup and smile,
rather than shy away from looking myself in the eye.
Today I fit in my skin. I am at peace with myself and the world around me.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p, 318
Thought to Ponder . . .
Smile, it's a free facelift.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome
From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Excerpt of The Daily Motivator
Push forward anyway
by Ralph Marston
Ideal conditions are nice, but not necessary. You can get good work done no matter what the situation.
A less than perfect environment does not excuse you from responsibility. Yes, things may be difficult, but you can push forward anyway.
Stop making a mental list of reasons why you can’t, and start making progress. Let the difficult circumstances inspire you to take action.
Yes, your time and energy are limited. So don’t waste them fighting against your own possibilities.
Instead, put your time and energy into getting good work done. Take every opportunity to do so, even if those opportunities are far from perfect.
Don’t wait or wish for troubles to leave you alone. Push forward anyway, and the troubles will no longer trouble you.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/