Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-9-2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Today's Gift

We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach. The answer is simple: if you want something very badly, you can achieve it. It may take patience, very hard work, a real struggle, and a long time; but it can be done . . . faith is a prerequisite of any undertaking. . . . —Margo Jones

How many dreams have we let die? How many projects did we start, only to leave them unfinished? How many times have we promised ourselves, "This time will be different," but then didn't work to make it so? Negativity breeds more negativity. Fortunately, its opposite does likewise. Our attitude will carry us a long way. And a positive attitude will make all things possible.

We are meant for good living. But we must seek it out and be open to its invitation, be willing to put forth the necessary effort. Our dreams are our invitations to move forward, to strive for a further goal. And having faith in our ability to achieve our dreams will make easier the necessary steps.

We have been blessed with dreams, all of us. They are gifts meant to stretch our capabilities.

I can trust my dreams and aspirations. They are mine, alone, and special to me. Achievement is possible; faith and a positive attitude will ease my efforts.

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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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places

Responsible activity

Getting started Today
For the average person, every assignment or day's work can have a disagreeable moment. The problem is getting started____ overcoming our fear of taking the plunge.

The real problem is deeper than the wish to avoid mere unpleasantness. Some of our resistance to getting started may be fear of failure. It could also be a deep-seated desire to live in a problem free environment, where all of our needs can be met without effort on our part. It can even be a desire to return to the quest for constant excitement and stimulation.

We need to know that our answer is in guidance and acceptance. If we have truly committed our will and lives to the care and keeping of our Higher Power, we will find the right path for each day's work. We can also accept any work or challenge that occurs, knowing it is part of a higher order for our lives. Our current situation may be depressing or boring, but it can easily be a stepping stone to our long-term good.

Action for the Day: I will meet today's challenges and responsibilities with gratitude and confidence, knowing that my Higher Power is guiding and directing my life.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
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One Day At A Time

Believe
Some of us come to believe almost instantly; others take weeks or months; still others take years.
There is no set timetable, and there is no reason to feel guilty over inability to accept the Second Step immediately, with all its ramifications. On the other hand, though. . .
if we ignore it or kick it under the rug and hope it goes away, we cut the spiritual heart out of the program.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 138

Thought to Ponder . . .
I came; I came to; I came to believe.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.

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

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Your outlook
by Ralph Marston

If you look for reasons to be angry, you’ll find plenty of them. Look instead for reasons to be joyful, and see them everywhere.

This day, this world, the events and people in it will reflect yourself back to you. Give joy, love, respect, understanding, creativity and good cheer, and get back much of the same.

Choose to be hopeful and you’ll find yourself putting your hopeful outlook into action. Almost like magic, you’ll also find yourself connected to others who share your positive perspective.

Even your small corner of the universe is so stuffed full of motion, objects, ideas, events and other stimuli you can’t possibly comprehend it all. Out of limitless possibilities, you choose your outer experiences based on your inner stories.

What kind of stories are you repeating to yourself? Are they stories of fear and despair, or stories of hope, of love, of giving and sharing and achievement?

Your outlook is more than just what you think of the world. It is what you make of the world, of your life, and you have every reason to make it the best you can imagine.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/



Monday, February 8, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-8-2016

Monday, February 8, 2016
Today's Gift

Reaction isn't action - that is, it isn't truly creative. —Elizabeth Janeway

We must learn how to act rather than react. Unfortunately, we've had lots of training at reacting. And we're all such good imitators. We are a society of reactors. We let the good or the bad behavior of another person determine our own behavior as a matter of course. But the opportunities are unlimited for us to responsibly choose our behavior, independent of all others in our life.

Change is ours, if we want it. A scowl from a spouse need not make us feel rejected. Criticism at work doesn't have to ruin our day. An inconsiderate bus driver might still be politely thanked. And when we decide for ourselves just how we want to act and follow through, self-esteem soars.

If we are put-down, it may momentarily create self-doubt; but when we quickly reassure ourselves that all is well and respond with respect, we grow. A sense of well-being rushes through our bodies.

Being in command of our own feelings and our own actions, prevents that free-floating anxiety from grasping us. We are who we choose to be. And new adventures await us.

The opportunities to react will be many today. But each time I can pause, determine the action I'd feel better about, and take it. My emotional health gets a booster shot each time I make a responsible choice.

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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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole. --Muriel Rukeyser

We can expect to feel fear, even dread at some points in our lives. We will always have situations that, for a time at least, seem more than we can bear. But the clouds will lift. We are never given more than we can handle, and with each passing day we become more at ease with ourselves and all that life gives us. We are learning that "this too shall pass." Our confidence grows as our spiritual program gains strength.

Our ties to one another and our ties to the program make us whole. When we reflect on who we were and how far we've come, we will see that problems we drank over in days gone by are handled today and often with ease. The joy we share is that no problem is too great to be faced any longer. And no situation will ever have to be faced alone, unless we reject our Higher Power's help.

Action for the Day: I will be grateful for my growth toward wholeness and the opportunities I face today. They are bringing me into harmony with the Divine plan for my life.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums

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One Day At A Time

Action
My AA way of life now demands constant action --
an active self-honesty and recognition of the necessity for living in day-tight compartments.
Patience must be practiced. In gratitude, I must humbly come to believe every moment of every day.
Each day, I must surrender and rededicate my life, or I shall lose all that I have gained. I have always believed in my Higher Power,
but I must never forget how easy it is to lose contact and to become again "unsane."
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 96

Thought to Ponder . . .
Grateful is a feeling. Gratitude is an action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Action, Belief, Continue.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)  http://www.aa-alive.net/index.html

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

The power to act
by Ralph Marston

All the disappointments that have ever hounded you cannot equal the power of one positive action. Go ahead now and take that action.

Proclaim your confidence in the future by creating something good and useful with the present. Erase doubts by doing work and getting results that prove them wrong.

Thoughts, feelings, worries and opinions can get you down. Positive, productive action cuts through all that and lifts you up.

Don’t let a negative attitude prevent you from taking action. Do something, make a difference, and your attitude is suddenly much better.

If you feel helpless and ineffective, like there’s no point in doing anything, go ahead, do something anyway. You’re feelings will change.

Always, you have the power to act, and it can improve everything in your life. Use it to move solidly, again and again, in the direction of your dreams.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/



Friday, February 5, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-5-2016

Friday, February 5, 2016
Today's Gift

Pride works from within; it is the direct appreciation of oneself. --Arthur Schopenhauer

Pride, like all emotions, has two faces: one healthy and one sick. It is our challenge to use the healthy side well. Sick pride fills us with ourselves, looks down on others, and has no room for generosity. Healthy pride is heavy with humility. If we can feel joyful when we succeed, and tell others about it honestly, we are not being boastful.

Sick pride often keeps us from doing things because we are too proud to ask for help when we need it, or too proud to risk failure, or too proud to do anything that might not turn out perfect.

Healthy pride about our greatest victories always comes with the awareness that we did not do it all by ourselves. We had the aid, advice, and encouragement of loved ones. In all things that really count, we never walk alone. Even those who claim pride is not a virtue admit that it is the parent of many virtues.

What makes me proud of myself today?

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

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

I believe that a sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification. --Peggy Cahn

It's okay to want to feel good all the time. Happiness is something we all deserve. However, there are often preparatory steps we need to take, a number of which will not bring joy, before we arrive at a place of sustained happiness.

The level of our pain at any particular moment has prompted us to seek short-term highs. And with each attempt at a quick "fix," we will be reminded that, just as with our many former attempts, the high is very short-term.

Long-term happiness is not the byproduct of short-term gratification. We don't have to earn happiness, exactly, but we do have to discover where it's found. How fortunate we are to have the program guiding our search. We will find happiness when we learn to get quiet and listen to our inner selves. We will find happiness when we focus less on our personal problems and more on the needs of others.

Many of us will need to redefine what happiness is. Understanding our value and necessity to our circle of acquaintances will bring us happiness, a happiness that will sustain us, and so will gratitude for our friends, our growing health, our abstinence also sustain us. Sincerely touching the soul of someone else can tap the well of happiness within each of us.

Action for the Day: I will find happiness. Searching within myself, I will patiently, trustingly share myself with others.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums

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One Day At A Time

An Open Mind
When I came to AA, I realized that my Higher Power was speaking to me through my group.
My mind was open just enough to know that I needed His help.
A real, honest acceptance of my dysfunctions took more time, but with it came humility. I know how insane I was, and I am extremely grateful to have my sanity restored to me and to be sober.
- Daily Reflections, p. 300

Thought to Ponder . . .
Minds are like parachutes -- they won't work unless they're open.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = Tears, Laughter, Caring.

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Freedom within
by Ralph Marston

Forgiveness eases the burden of resentment. Gratitude releases you from the need to need.

Love unbinds you from fear, anger and worry. Caring and generosity push away the despair.

Understanding liberates you from stale old assumptions. Kindness lifts you out of cynicism and disappointment.

Within you already is the power to escape whatever gets you down. Because within you is the choice to live with goodness and integrity, strength and responsibility.

The latest bright flashy gadget will not save you, really won’t even interest or entertain you much. The good values within, though, can light up the whole world.

Feel the power you have for spreading goodness, love, wisdom and all things that matter. Free yourself from within, and dance through life bringing joy to all.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/



Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-4-2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Today's Gift

Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it - what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone. —Carlos Castaneda

Were we offended by someone today? Do we harbor resentment for remarks, oversights, or unpleasant mannerisms? Do we feel tense or uneasy about how someone else has treated us? We can probably make a good case to justify our reactions. Perhaps we are in the right and they are in the wrong.

Yet, even if we are justified, it doesn't matter. We may be puffing ourselves up and wasting energy. When we are oversensitive, we take a self-righteous position, which leads us far from our path of spiritual awakening. Our strength is diminished.

How much better it is to let go of the lightness, let go of our grandiosity, and accept the imperfections in our self and others. We need to accept our own imperfections too. When we do, we are a better person, and our strength and energy can be focused on richer goals. 

I will accept my own and others' imperfections; I do not need to be right.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Genius is the talent for seeing things straight. It is seeing things in a straight line without any bend or break or aberration of sight, seeing them as they are, without any warping of vision. --Maude Adams

We are learning, each day of our abstinence, to see more clearly what lies before us. Less and less are we hampered by our own selfish needs, distorting that which we face. We all have within us the talent for seeing things as they really are. But it is a process that takes practice, a process of turning within to the untapped talent which is one of the gifts of a spiritual life.
We are spiritual entities, one and all. And the genius to see as God sees is ours for the asking. This program is paving our way. Each day it becomes easier to live an honest life. 

Each day we trust more the people we encounter. And each day we take greater risks being our true selves.

The need to distort that which we see ahead lessens, as we begin reaping the benefits of the honest, caring, spirit-filled life. Our unhealthy egos stood in our way in the past. And they can get in the way even now, if we forget to look ahead with the eyes of our inner genius.

Action for the Day: My path today is straight, clean, and love-filled, if I choose to follow my genius.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums

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One Day At A Time

Identify
The unique ability of each AA to identify himself with, and bring recovery to, the newcomer
in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any special individual skills.
The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 150-151

Thought to Ponder . . .
Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program. But our oldtimers are the arteries.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = Hope, Encouragement, Love, Patience.

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

You don’t have to
by Ralph Marston

You don’t have to prove anything to anybody. You don’t have to live in fear of what others might think.

You don’t have to continue holding on to the negative habits and thought patterns that have held you back. You don’t have to keep living under the outdated assumptions that have closed your eyes to some of the best possibilities.

You don’t have to weigh yourself down with anger, resentment, fear or frustration. You don’t have to settle for less than the very best you can be.

You can live, you can give, you can love and achieve. You can take this very moment, with whatever it may hold, and transform it into a positive, enriching, fulfilling experience.

You can feel the truth and beauty of your authentic purpose, and take action to follow that purpose. You can let go of all the burdens you’ve imposed on yourself, and live this day with a powerful, newfound appreciation for all you have.

You can choose right now to meet each challenge with positive passion and enthusiasm for the best, most meaningful possibilities. You can choose, again and again, to truly live life on your own best terms.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-3-2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Today's Gift

When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. —Katherine Mansfield

Perfectionism and its control over our lives stands seriously in the way of our growth and well-being, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Life's lessons come through failures probably more than successes. Through our failures we learn humility. We learn to look to others for help and guidance. We learn how to let others fail, too. We fail because we are human.

When we no longer fear failure, we are free to attempt greater feats. We dare to learn more, and life is fuller for it--not just our own lives, but the lives that we touch.

Laughter over our mistakes eases the risk of trying again. Laughter keeps us young, and the lighthearted find more pleasure in each day.

I will fail at something I try today. I can laugh about it, though. My laughter will open the way to another try.

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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Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Keep It Simple

Search out shortcomings and correct them. --Anonymous

One of the hardest things to do is to look at our own shortcomings when we are angry at someone. It seems impossible to believe at such times that something may be wrong with us. This is the reason we are so often instructed to count to ten. When we find ourselves so out of sorts, so internally disrupted, there is usually something wrong with us.

It is our first obligation to take care of ourselves. It is out of love for ourselves that we withdraw and take a spot check inventory. The spot check inventory does not demean or humiliate us. On the contrary, the purpose is to speak with God briefly, check our vital signs, and clean out our connections.

Action for the Day: I always keep my connection with my Higher Power. Nothing works without a clear, clean, strong, conscious contact with my Higher Power.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums

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One Day At A Time

Step Eleven
"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Them, praying only for Their will for us and the power to carry that out."
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 96

Thought to Ponder . . .
Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A S A P = Always Say A Prayer.

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Benefit from positive expectation
by Ralph Marston

When people know you expect the worst of them, they will usually act according to those expectations. When you expect the best of people, and they’re aware of it, they’ll generally do what they can to live up to those expectations.

Sure, some people will disappoint you and others will pleasantly surprise you. For the most part, though, your interactions are heavily flavored by what you bring to them.

Because of that, you can make an enormous positive difference in your own life and the lives of others just by virtue of what you expect. Expect a better day, a better situation, better results, a better world, and you’ll begin to make that better world.

Even if you try, you cannot fully hide your expectations. They’re shouted to the world through your body language, your tone of voice, your choice of words, and countless other factors.

So go ahead and give yourself the benefit of positive expectation. Expect the best of life, of the people around you, of your circumstances, of everything.

It costs you nothing to expect the best, and there’s no good reason to expect anything less. Consistently expect the best, and you’ll find yourself, and many of those around you, making it so.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-2-2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Today's Gift

To be alive is power,Existing in itself,
Without a further function,
Omnipotence enough.
—Emily Dickinson

Being a person in this world is an amazing gift. A spiritual awakening is open to us all. But today, not all of us feel powerful and alive. We may feel weak, inadequate to our task, perplexed, or stymied. Is this a day in which we are filled with exuberance for the gift of life? Or is this a day when we're feeling subdued by life's burdens?

Perhaps we need to evaluate our perspective. Are we trying to control something or someone? Are we acting as if the world should be as we want rather than as it is? Have our individual wills exceeded their natural bounds and spoiled the simple joy of being "without a further function"?

May I find the pleasure and exuberance today that come with being alive. The simple power to be a person is "omnipotence enough."

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.---Step Two

The Second Step directs us to believe there is hope for us. It may take time to believe this. Many of us had given up hope. But look around. Hope fills our meeting rooms. We are surrounded by miracles. This Power greater than ourselves has healed many. Listen as others tell their stories. They speak of how powerful this Power is. At times, we will not believe. This is normal But in recovery ,"coming to believe" means opening ourselves up to healing power found in the program.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, allow me to believe Help me to stay open to recovery.

Action for the Day: I will remember that I'm a miracle.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
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One Day At A Time

Sanity
"Sanity" is defined as "soundness of mind." Yet no alcoholic, soberly analyzing his destructive behavior, whether the destruction fell on the dining-room furniture or his own moral fiber, can claim "soundness of mind" for himself.
Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us.
Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 33

Thought to Ponder . . .
I sit at a meeting until the bus of sanity comes by; then, I climb aboard.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E A R T = Healing, Enjoying, And Recovering Together.

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

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

The beauty within you
by Ralph Marston

Let the beauty within you unfold into this day. Feel how it is to be alive, in ways you have never experienced before.

Imagine what you would do if you could do whatever you imagine. Then let go of your fears and mistaken thoughts of limitation, and live the best of what you imagine.

Stop worrying and complaining about what you cannot do. Focus on the miraculous possibilities of what you can do.

Let yourself be filled with joy just because you can be. Let yourself feel life’s innate goodness in every moment and every experience.

Remind yourself how rich you are. Feel the true immensity of your good fortune, and you won’t be able to feel any worry or fear.

Let your life on the outside be a faithful reflection of the limitless nature of your inner spirit. Live like who you truly are, and know how very good and rich it is.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/