April 24, The Difference Between “Surrender” and “Giving Up” Is All in the “Attitude”

Thought for today:

We talk a lot about surrendering to the disease of debting, and the need to turn our life and will over to a Higher power.  But what does that mean exactly?  If we let go and turn our lives over to the care of a Higher Power, what’ll be left of us – the proverbial “hole in the donut”?

What’s left depends on what you put into your letting go.  Attitude is everything.  When it comes to surrender, humility is the key to happiness.

One member writes about it:

“Giving up was a habit of mine before I got to DA.  Everyone feels overwhelmed at times, but in my old debting days it went way beyond that.

“I always felt like there was no point in trying to improve my financial situation.  No matter what I did, I ‘knew’ that the bills would always increase and be overdue and that my money supply would always shrink.

“This ‘habitual depression’ had nothing to do with the healthy surrender that DA talks about.

“Today I surrender my self, my life and my will over to the care of the Higher Power of my understanding. I try to make my thoughts and my actions ‘God-inspired’.

“I usually have hope and enthusiasm.  I feel a sense of purpose, not dread.

“I may not have it perfect (such as, sometimes I wish I had a better job) but today I know I can dream big, and work toward my vision, with DA is at my side.

“I let my Higher Power worry about all the problems in the world, while I focus on HP’s inspiration about the small next step I need to take.

“Somehow I’m always given the answer of what’s the next right thing to do. I find that I get the answers I need  when I need them.”

Ask:

Can I let go of my worry, and turn the “I give up” attitude over to my Higher Power?  Can I instead say “I surrender.  I give it all to you, to do with as you will.  Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I can better do your will.  May I do your will always.”?

Meditation for today:

Always plan to have some “down time” during your day.  Time away from the crowd, time to take a nap or have quiet communion with your Higher Power.

If you get over-tired or over-stressed, it can make you feel like things will never change  – that you’ll always feel this way.  But that’s not true!

Feelings are not facts.  They do not accurately reflect reality.

We always do better when we take care of ourselves first, and then think about and plan our life, not the other way around.

Inspirational Daily Reader:

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Affirmation for today:

“I will take some quiet time today .  During that time, I will try to put one small part of my life into perspective.”

Prayer for today:

“I pray for the ability to focus on one thing at a time, to stop trying to fix everything about my life at once.  I pray to take life in small pieces that are easier to deal with.”

Follow through:

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

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