Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-22-2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Today's Gift

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward

Gratitude and acceptance are two magic tricks available to us in life. No matter who we are, where we are, or what we have, gratitude and acceptance work.

We may eventually become so happy that we realize our present circumstances are good. Or we master our present circumstances and then move forward into the next set of circumstances.

If we become stuck, miserable, feeling trapped and hopeless, try gratitude and acceptance. If we have tried unsuccessfully to alter our present circumstances and have begun to feel like we're beating our head against a brick wall, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we feel like all is dark and the night will never end, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we feel scared and uncertain, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we've tried everything else and nothing seems to work, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we've been fighting something, try gratitude and acceptance.

When all else fails, go back to the basics.

Gratitude and acceptance work.

Today, Higher Power, help me let go of my resistance. Help me know the pain of a circumstance will stop hurting so much if I accept it. I will practice the basics of gratitude and acceptance in my life, and for all my present circumstances.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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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


Count Your Blessings

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

Count your many blessings, see what your Higher Power has done!

--from “Count Your Blessings” by Johnson Oatman Jr.


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One Day At A Time

Spiritual Growth
At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth,
to effect our first conscious relation with Higher Power as we understood Them.
. . .if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere. So we used our
own conception, however limited it was. 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47

Thought to Ponder
Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober.

AA-related 'Alconym'
G O D = Gift ODiscovery

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

Focus on gratitude
by Ralph Marston

Before you speak, before you act, before you make a decision, take time to appreciate. Look lovingly at where you are, at who you’re with, at what you’re doing, and find a reason to be thankful.

Even in the most difficult situation, there are plenty of reasons for sincere gratitude. Instead of cursing your problems, take a moment to count your blessings, and give your energy to the blessings rather than the problems.

Just imagine how much positive value you will add to any relationship when you focus on gratitude before each interaction. Consider how much more effective your work will be when you find something to sincerely appreciate in everything you do.

The more profoundly you appreciate something in your life, the more value you give to it. In every direction you look, there is something for which you can be sincerely thankful.

Gratitude truly opens your eyes to the incredible abundance that is all around you. Make gratitude your constant companion and that abundance becomes yours to live.

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


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-21-2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Today's Gift

I came to understand that it was all right to do things for people as long as I did it for the sake of doing it... the value being more in the act than in the result. --Joanna Field

We've all heard the sentiment that it is better to give than to receive. Yet we may find it difficult to give to others, whether that giving involves an actual gift or an act of giving of ourselves: caring for someone who is ill, running an errand for someone, giving a backrub, or extending an invitation to someone who is alone.

We may feel afraid to do for others without any expectations of receiving something in return. To give unselfishly exposes our feelings and shows we care. Yet if we can look beyond our fears to the selflessness of our giving actions, there is a great reward -- knowing we had the courage to risk giving to someone.

The risks we take in giving to others are lessons for ourselves as well as for those whose lives we touch.

The gift of giving opens doors to the homes of our souls.

From the book Night Light by Amy E. Dean. ©
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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

To love others, we must first learn to love ourselves.---Anonymous

Sometimes we think our life would be fine if that dream person showed up. But loving someone isn’t easy. Our bad habits cause problems. We have to change. Sometimes we aren’t ready to have on especial person. We have to have a group of people---our recovery group---to love and help us get healthy. We must learn to trust, to be honest, to give help, and to love others. The truth is, no one person can make our life wonderful---except us. We hold happiness inside of us. It’s in our spirit. Look no further.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me love myself

Action for the Day: I’ll list five ways I will love myself today.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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One Day At A Time

Consequences
In some circumstances we have gone out deliberately to get drunk,
feeling ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression,
jealousy or the like. But even in this type of beginning we are obliged
to admit that our justification for a spree was insanely insufficient
in the light of what always happened.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 37

Thought to Ponder
When I choose the behavior, I choose the consequences.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A L E =
Alibis Lies Excuses


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Lift up others
by Ralph Marston

There is nothing that compares to the joy of sincerely helping another person. Yes, there are those who will take advantage of you if you let them, and allowing them to do that does not do anyone any good. Yet around you are those who truly need your help. Around you are ways in which you can make a real, positive difference.

When you lift up another, at least two people benefit, and usually many more. Sincerely making a positive difference in the lives of others is a healthy, beneficial virus which can quickly replicate and spread far beyond your own efforts.

Can you name one single thing that would be more personally fulfilling than making a real, substantial positive difference in someone’s life? It is a beautiful pursuit, and there are countless ways to do it.

Whoever you are, whatever skills or resources you possess or don’t possess, there are ways for you to make a difference for others. Discover those ways, make use of the grand opportunity you have, and savor the intensity of a life well lived.

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



Monday, November 20, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-20-2017

Monday, November 20, 2017
Today's Gift

Do not compare yourself with others, for you are a unique and wonderful creation. Make your own beautiful footprints in the snow. --Barbara Kimball

Comparisons we make of ourselves to other people do destruction far greater than our conscious minds are aware of. Positioning ourselves or them on the "beloved pedestal" prevents the equality of humanhood that offers each person the freedom to be solely their self.

Comparisons in which we are the losers darken the moment, cut us off from the actual rhythms of that moment. The consequences can be grave. Within any moment might be the opportunity we've awaited, the opportunity to achieve a particular dream. We must not miss our opportunities.

Each life is symbolized by a particular set of footprints in the snow. How wonderful and how freeing to know that we each offer something uniquely our own. We need never compete to be noticed. Each of us is guaranteed recognition for what we contribute, because it is offered by us alone.

Envy eats at us; it interferes with all of our interactions. It possesses all of our thoughts, caging us, denying us the freedom to achieve that can be ours.

I will look with love on others. I will free them and myself to be all we are capable of becoming.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
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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

Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. —Liane Cordes


Perseverance may well be our greatest asset. As we forge ahead on a project, it loses its power over us. Our confidence and abilities grow in concert with our progress on the project, preparing us to tackle the next one too.

We have something special, uniquely our own to offer in this life. And we also have the potential to offer it successfully. However, we don't always realize our potential. Many of us stifled our development with fears of failure, low self-worth, assumed inadequacies. The past need plague us no longer.

Help is readily available for us to discover our capacities for success. Abilities stand ready to be tapped; goals and projects await our recognition. Any commitment we make to a task that draws our interest will be reinforced by our Higher Power's commitment to our efforts. We have a partner. Our efforts are always doubled when we make them - truly make them.

Action for the DayI will not back away from a project today. I will persevere and find completion. I'll feel completed.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2


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One Day At A Time

Blessings of Sobriety
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness...
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that our Higher Power is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83 -84

Thought to Ponder
Sobriety is the adventure of a lifetime.
And it begins the moment we ask AA for help.

AA-related 'Alconym'
B E S T = B
een Enjoying Sobriety Today?


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Yours to create
by Ralph Marston

There is no real fulfillment in just having things handed to you. Where fulfillment arises, is in the process of creating it.

Human civilization has become a highly efficient desire fulfillment machine. And the people working to create fulfillment benefit much more than those to whom the resulting trinkets are delivered.

Nothing of value has any meaningful value to you if you have not worked to earn it. When it seems you’re getting something for nothing, what you’re really getting is nothing for nothing.

Like beauty, value exists in the eye of the beholder. Value accrues to you when you invest yourself in it.

Every moment is an opportunity to make such an investment. You are made to make a difference and each time you do, your life grows in richness.

Invest your time, your attention, your effort, expertise, resources, your care, spirit, joy. Always, great fulfillment is yours to create.

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



Friday, November 17, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-17-2017

Friday, November 17, 2017
Today's Gift

I think happiness is like the effect on an audience (when acting), if you think of it all the time you will not get it, you must get lost in the part, lost in your purposes and let the effect be the criterion of your success. —Joanna Field

Happiness is a gift that accompanies every instance of our lives if we approach each situation with gratitude, knowing that what's offered to us is special to our particular needs. The experiences we meet day to day are honing our Spirit, tempering our hard edges. For these we should offer gratitude.

Our well-being is the gift. Deciding what will make us happy, in fact, what we must have to be happy, prevents us from grasping the unexpected pleasure of the "chance" events of the moment. When we intently look for what we think we need, we may well be blind to more beneficial opportunities the Universe has chosen for us.

Our self-centeredness hinders every breath we take. It prejudices every encounter. It stifles our creative potential. And most of all, it blocks any chance for a spontaneous reaction to the moment. Spontaneity is the breeding ground for creative living. And happiness is the byproduct.

Happiness is my decision, every moment.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
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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

Life is short: live it up. Nikita

We won't stay sober long unless it's more fun than using chemicals.
The truth is, using chemicals wasn't fun anymore. It was work. We just
told ourselves it was still fun.

So live it up! Try new things. Meet new friends. Try new foods. Taking
risks and having adventures are a basic human need. So go for it.
Sobriety is fun. Living a spiritual life is fun. Get out there and live!

Prayer for the day: Higher Power ,teach me to play. Teach me to have fun. Teach me to live!

Action for the day: Today is for fun. I'll try something new. I'll see how many people
I can get to smile. And I'll celebrate the fact that I'm sober.


From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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One Day At A Time

A Lesson
I spent most of my life worrying about myself, thinking that I was unwanted, that I was unloved.
I’ve learned since being in AA that the more I worry about me loving you,
and the less I worry about you loving me, the happier I will be.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 218

Thought to Ponder . . .
Happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F = H
appy, Joyous, Free


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Positive action
by Ralph Marston

Positive action is only a single, momentary choice away from a negative mindset. Make that choice and suddenly you are free of the negativity.

When you are feeling cynical, dismayed, angry, frustrated, decide to abruptly interrupt that pattern. Point your considerable amount of energy in a positive direction.

Whatever may have already happened, there is nothing at all that says you have to continue on a destructive trajectory. You have every reason in the world to turn it all around with positive action.

Imagine how great that transformation will feel. Know that it is absolutely within your power to make it, immediately.

When you’ve sunk into the deepest depths, even a tiny positive change can feel like the best thing ever. Make that change, feel its goodness, its rightness, and build on it.

Activate the control you have, utilize the choice you have and transform a negative perspective into positive action, positive power. Take the energy you’ve paid dearly to generate, and turn it all toward something beautiful.

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


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-16-2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Today's Gift

I think happiness is like the effect on an audience (when acting), if you think of it all the time you will not get it, you must get lost in the part, lost in your purposes and let the effect be the criterion of your success. --Joanna Field

Happiness is a gift that accompanies every instance of our lives if we approach each situation with gratitude, knowing that what's offered to us is special to our particular needs. The experiences we meet day to day are honing our Spirit, tempering our hard edges. For these we should offer gratitude.

Our well-being is the gift. Deciding what will make us happy, in fact, what we must have to be happy, prevents us from grasping the unexpected pleasure of the "chance" events of the moment. When we intently look for what we think we need, we may well be blind to more beneficial opportunities the Universe has chosen for us.

Our self-centeredness hinders every breath we take. It prejudices every encounter. It stifles our creative potential. And most of all, it blocks any chance for a spontaneous reaction to the moment. Spontaneity is the breeding ground for creative living. And happiness is the byproduct.

Happiness is my decision, every moment.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
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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

Rigidity is prevented most of the time as love and compassion mesh us into tolerant human beings. —Kaethe S. Crawford

Looking outward with love, offering it freely to our friends and family, makes fluid, flowing, and fertile our existence. Each expression of love engenders more love, keeping tender our ties to one another, encouraging more ties.

The more flexible our lives, the more easily we'll be attracted to an unexpected opportunity. And flexibility is fostered by a loving posture. As we approach the world, so it greets us. We are not mere recipients of life's trials and tribulations. We find what our eyes are wanting to see. When our focus is rigid and narrow, so are our opportunities.

Acceptance can lead us to be freer with our love, more tolerant in our expectations. The level of our compassion, fully felt and fully expressed, is the measure of our emotional health. Rigid attitudes, rigid behavior, rigid expectations of others recede as the level of our emotional health rises. Our approach to life changes and so do the results we meet.

Action for the Day: I will love others. It's my only assignment in life, and it guarantees the security I crave.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2


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One Day At A Time

Choice
At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, he passes into
a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely
no avail. This tragic situation has already arrived in practically every
case long before it is suspected.
The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure,
have lost the power of choice in drink.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 24

Thought to Ponder
Alcohol -- cunning, baffling, powerful!

AA-related 'Alconym'
I S M = I
Sabotage Myself


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

Be in this moment
by Ralph Marston

Be in this moment. Do not judge it.

Allow all that is. Do not resist it.

Peace is present when you let go of striving. Richness fills you when you let go of need.

Your thoughts are powerful and they serve you well. Yet those thoughts lose their power when they become ceaseless and frenzied.

Life is much more than just thoughts and sensations. At the heart of your life is peaceful, powerful stillness.

Let yourself know that peace, that stillness, that essence. Be in it now, be in it often, and live with the true power that is your being.

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



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-15-2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Today's Gift

Growing is like running a twenty-six mile marathon. If we give up on the twenty-fourth mile, we will never know what it feels like to finish the race. —Anonymous

There will be times in our growth when we will want to give up. Our pain seems to have no end to it. In a sense, we are like the runner of a marathon on their twenty-fourth mile. They may think they cannot finish the race; they may lose her ability to see things as they are. 

If they can remember previous successes, they will no doubt make the decision to go on, to at least give the race their best shot. It does not matter how many people come in before or after them. It matters only that they have not given up. When they cross the finish line, the pain turns quickly into joy.

When we refuse to give up, we give ourselves an accomplishment we can rejoice in, the reward of knowing we have done our best.

What can I finish that I gave up on earlier?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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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


Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do---Mark Twain

Self-discipline is a key part of living sober life. We need it t get to our meetings regularly. We need it to understand the Steps. We need it to work the Steps.

And we get much in return. With self-discipline, we learn to trust ourselves. We learn to do what is most loving and caring for ourselves. What a great relief! One of the worst parts of our illness was that we couldn’t count on ourselves. We didn’t know what we’d do next. Self-discipline heals this part of our illness.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, You have given me much. It’s only right that I give You part of my day. I will pray and meditate on Your wonders.

Action for the Day: I will list areas of my life where I lack self-discipline. I will share the list with my group and sponsor, and I’ll let them know in a month how I’m doing.


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One Day At A Time

Directions
If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to
sense the flow of His Spirit into us. To some extent we have
become God-conscious. We have begun to develop this vital
sixth sense. But we must go further and that means more action. 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85

Thought to Ponder
Faith is mighty. Action with faith is mightier.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A A = Accountable Actions

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

Ideal moment to start
by Ralph Marston

Achievement is a thrill that has no equal. Experience yourself achieving today, and feel again how great you feel when making a difference.

Although you may not get it perfect, you can get it done. You’ll know the incomparable satisfaction of working through the challenges, one by one.

The world will change today with or without you. The more you actively participate in those changes, the more they will be to your liking.

Be especially good to yourself today by giving yourself plenty of meaningful work to do. Enable yourself to look back on this day with genuine gratitude for the way you lived it.

If you’ve been waiting for the ideal moment to start, this is it. The sooner you do the work, the greater positive impact it will have.

So jump in early, make the effort, and keep at it. Give this day the best you can give, and enjoy each contribution you make to the goodness that is life.

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