Friday, May 27, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-27-2016

Friday, May 27, 2016
Today's Gift

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single person contemplates it, bearing within them the image of a cathedral. --Antoine de Saint Exupery

Images cost nothing and can be so enriching. Every person has some form of rock pile in their life. One has a problem within a relationship, another is burdened with the daily routine of living, someone else has a perplexing job, and another has too much time on their hands.

We can open ourselves to images of what might be. Let us dream of other possibilities. We know it takes many years to build a cathedral, but each cathedral began as an image in someone's mind. What would we like to grow toward in our relationships? What can we do within ourselves today to carry us in that direction? Do we envision ourselves as successful in our work? What small steps will carry us toward the visions we cherish?

Today, I am grateful for my imagination. I will be open to having faith in possibilities.

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

As the wheel of the decades turns, so do a person's needs, desires, and tasks. Each of us does, in effect, strike a series of "deals" or compromises between the wants and longings of the inner self, and an outer environment that offers certain possibilities and sets certain limitations. --Maggie Scarf

What life has measured out may not be what we had dreamed of. Life's lessons may not be those we'd have chosen to learn. Wisdom dictates that the joy of life is proportional to the ease with which we accept those possibilities for growth that have grown out of our inner desires.

Our desires are like an outline for a written assignment, a research project. They help us to see where we want to go at any one time, but as we move the direction may need to change. The natural flow of "the assignment" will help to refine it.

We may not have tried to "realize" many of our desires in the past. But the time has come. One of the joys of recovery is that we understand our desires are closely related to our spiritual program and our recovery. And we know we are not alone. We need to attend to the inner desires that beckon to us. They are calling us to move forward.

Action for the Day: Today, I can take the first few steps.


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

Love and Laughter
People who love laugh more and believe that a day without laughter is a lost day.
Love is the cement for the unity we need in AA.
It joins the power of the mind and the heart for emotional growth.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 297

Thought to Ponder . . .
Take time to laugh -- it is the music of the soul.

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


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

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Daily Motivation


Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Good thoughts
by Ralph Marston

Your thoughts set the direction of your day, of your life. Think power, think action, think gratitude and think positive.

Think of the people you love, and of all the things you can do to support and encourage them. Think of the values that matter most to you, and of what you can do to express, promote and live those values.

Think of how fortunate you are to be alive in this moment. Think of all the knowledge, resources, experience and skills at your disposal right now.

Think of your dreams, your goals, your highest vision for how life can be. Think of all the ways, big and small, you can make a positive difference today.

Think of the beauty you’ve experienced, of the richness you’ve lived, of the good people you’ve encountered. Think of how great it feels to make someone’s life a little brighter.

Fill your awareness with thoughts of goodness, love, joy, beauty and possibility. Let those good thoughts push you forward into action all day long.

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


Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-26-2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Today's Gift

My thoughts guide my day. Noticing how I awake can help me save the day. -- Kelley Vickstrom

We may envy friends who seem happy and peaceful. Why aren't they troubled as we so often are? The fact is, we can take actions to become more content too. One of the simplest is to ask our Higher Power for a positive attitude before we even throw back the bed covers.

Being in charge of what we dwell on is easier than we might imagine. We can practice the art of focusing our minds on the positive. Begin by stopping a thought, any thought, in mid-sentence. Focus on a blessing that is obvious today. Anytime an unhealthy thought surfaces, drop it, and replace it with a blessing. This can become a way of life if we make the choice.

We have felt enough pain and experienced enough harm. Today can be much better. And it will be if we carefully select our thoughts.

I am as happy as I truly want to be today. No one can steal peacefulness from me if that's what I really want.

From the book A Woman's Spirit 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

Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn, to reconceive ourselves as individuals, to choose the kind of change that will help us to grow and to fulfill ourselves more completely. --Nena O'Neill

Before choosing to recover, most of us lived through crisis after crisis. Many days we sought the oblivion of alcohol and drugs rather than face fears that ate away at us. It probably wasn't possible for most of us to realize that a crisis was a tool for growth.

Even today, even in our recovery program, even though the clouds are clearing and we are feeling better about ourselves, a crisis may overwhelm us for a time. We do find help for it, though. We can breathe deeply, look to our higher power, listen for the messages that are coming through from our friends. And we can choose among the many options for the right action to take at this time.

Life is a series of lessons. Crises can be seen as the homework. They aren't there to defeat us but to help us grow--to graduate us into the next stage of life.

Action for the Day: Today, I will look for my lessons and feel exhilarated by the growth that is guaranteed.

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

Secrets
I can neither love nor be loved if I allow my secrets to get in the way.
It’s the side of myself that I refuse to look at that rules me.
I must be willing to look at the dark side in order to heal my mind and heart
because that is the road to freedom.
- Daily Reflections, p. 130 

Thought to Ponder . . .
I must walk into darkness to find the light.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Choose peace
by Ralph Marston

The peace you experience comes from who and what you are, and how you choose to be. The world around you can be full of turmoil and strife, and yet you can be completely at peace in your own heart.

Peace is one of the surest signs of strength. Inner peace brings true outer strength.

Those who lack confidence feel the need to lash out. Those who are strong have what it takes to stay calm and peaceful.

When your identity and fulfillment are tied to fleeting, superficial things, it is impossible to remain at peace. When you invest your being in true and lasting values, and when you remain ever vigilant to those values, you develop the confidence and strength to be peaceful.

Peace cannot be forced on anyone, and true peace cannot be forcibly taken from anyone. Peace comes to those who are strong enough and wise enough to choose it, and with that peace comes an abundance of living that is otherwise impossible to know.

Choose peace. And with the strength of your choice, help it to grow.

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



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-25-2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Today's Gift

One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness - simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain. —George Sand

We are as happy as we make up our minds to be, so goes the saying. But happiness is the result of right actions. We prepare for it daily. We chart our course. Many of us have to first determine where we want to go before we can decide on the chart. We have perhaps passively floated along for years. But now the time is right to navigate, to move toward a goal.

We may have fears about moving ahead. We can be courageous, however. Strength is at hand, always, if we but ask for it. We can make a small beginning today. And every day, we can do at least one thing we need to do to bring us closer to our goal. Accomplishment, however small, nurtures good feelings. Happiness is the byproduct.

Today is wide open. I will decide on a course of action and move ahead. All around me help is available for the asking.

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

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me.---Virginia Satir

Let's keep this in mind: each of us is special in our own way. Often, we're hard on ourselves because we're different.

Our Twelve Step groups pull our differences together. We listen and learn from our differences.

We learn to see that each one of us is different---and this is important. Our program and the Steps stay alive for us, because each new person brings a different way of seeing things. Let's celebrate our differences instead of trying to be alike.

Prayer for the Day: Today, is a day to celebrate that, in all of the world, there is only one me. Thank-you, Higher Power, and help me see clearly how special I am.

Action for the Day: I'll make a list of what makes me special. I'll share this with a friend or my sponsor and my Higher Power.

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

Willingness
If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it
-- then you are ready to take certain steps.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W =
Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.

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

Give life more meaning
by Ralph Marston

Today, life yearns to be lived. Today, all kinds of new beauty will spring into being, ready to be appreciated.

Today, great joy is present and much more is possible. Today, richness is yours to create, to share, to enjoy, to expand.

Now, you can go beyond wondering, worrying, complaining, wishing, dreaming. Now you can act, and with your actions transform your world for the better.

Run quickly toward this opportunity to fill life today with your positive presence. Join eagerly in the process of making a difference, and feel the sweet satisfaction of doing so.

You have arrived at this day fully equipped to build greatness in its moments. Your unique journey has provided you with a grand opportunity, and it is now.

Listen to your heart, and discover how much you can do with this day that’s now yours. In your own special way, rush headlong into the bright possibilities and give life more meaning than ever before.

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



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-24-2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Today's Gift

Spring does not ask an audience, but shapes each blossom perfectly, indifferent to applause. —Joan Walsh Anglund

In the spring each blossom brings its own shape, color, and fragrance. The lilacs come early to spread their lavender splash. Apple trees burst into white, cherry blossoms into pink, and each weaves its unique and pleasant perfume.

They don't bloom because someone told them to, or because they will receive anything in return. They bloom for the pure joy of blooming. They bloom because that is what they are here to do.

Each one of us blooms in our own time, with our own color and fragrance. Every one of us is a special and important blossom, and we are all part of the tree of life.

How will my day today help me grow?

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

It's ironic, but until you can free those final monsters within the jungle of yourself, your life, your soul is up for grabs. --Rona Barrett

We all have monsters. Maybe it's depression over the past or present circumstances, or resentment about another's behavior, or fear of new situations. Maybe it's jealousy of other women. The more attention we give the monsters, the more powerful they get. The harder we try to resist the jealousy or depression or fear, the greater it becomes.

The program offers us the way to let go. And we find the way through one another. When we share ourselves fully with one another, share our monsters with one another, they no longer dominate us. They seek the dark recesses of our minds, and when we shine the light on them, they recoil. The program offers us an eternal light.

Action for the Day: I will let the program shine its light in my life today. My monsters will flee for the day.

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

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One Day At A Time

Humility
On his desk, Dr. Bob had a plaque defining humility:
“Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble.
It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore; to wonder at nothing that is done to me,
to feel nothing done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised,
it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door
and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a sea of calmness,
when all around and about is seeming trouble.”
- Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, p. 222
Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility is not a station we arrive at; it's a way of traveling.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
C H A N G E =
Choosing Humility Allows New Gifts and Energy.

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

Choose your best mood
by Ralph Marston

If you feel like your mood has imprisoned you, remind yourself who has the key to unlock that prison. You do.

Your mood at any moment is your choice. You might base that choice on what has just happened, or on something entirely different, yet it is always your choice.

Your mood is never forced upon you, so don’t treat it that way. See your mood for what it is, your choice, and make that choice an empowering one.

If your mood is pulling you down, there’s no need to fight it. Just change it.

Let your mood reflect your best present possibilities rather than your past disappointments. Align yourself with those possibilities by making them the lens through which you view life in this moment.

You can make anything of your mood, so make it one of positive energy and appreciation. Choose to let your mood lead you forward, and it will.

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



Monday, May 23, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-23-2016

Monday, May 23, 2016
Today's Gift

Be aware of yourself and validate your experience. Pay attention to your world, to what's happening, and why. . . . Feel your strength. Value it, and use it. --Alexandra G. Kaplan

To truly exist in the here and now, we need to feel ourselves in the present. We need to enter each moment without the excess baggage of the past, nor the anticipation of the future.

How do we think or feel in the present? Take away thoughts of other times and we may feel lost and confused. It takes time to learn to live in the present and to trust it. We need to learn that, for as long as we're in the present, we exist. We are.

Imagine the moment as a brand new car. All we need to do is open the door, hop in, and drive away. For that moment, our thoughts will not be focused on cars we used to own or on those we're going to buy in the future. Instead, for that moment, we are in the here and now. That's how each of our moments can be: fresh and clean and exciting.

I can sit in the driver's seat and experience each moment as it occurs. Therein lies my strength.

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


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

Showing up is 80 percent of life.---Woody Allen

Life is full of things we don't want to do. Yet when all parts of us( mind, body, spirit) show up, things go okay. By being there, we can learn about ourselves and help others.

Showing up means we care about our program. It means we speak up at meetings. It means we care about our family, our friends, the world. It means we listen when a friend has a bad day. It means seeing ourselves in others. It means we talk to someone who bothers us. Showing up means we laugh when something seems funny. It means we cry when we feel sad. We're important, and we need to bring our mind, body, and spirit with us---wherever we go. Have I learned to show up, all of me?

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me show up for my life. Help me show up to do my part in Your plan today.

Today's Action: As I go through my day, I'll think about how I'm showing up for my life. I'll be proud of myself for doing my part.

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


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One Day At A Time

Today
Today is the day. Doing our best, living each day to the fullest is the art of living.
Yesterday is gone, and we don’t know whether we will be here tomorrow.
If we do a good job of living today, and if tomorrow comes for us,
then the chances are we will do a good job when it arrives—so why worry about it?
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 357

Thought to Ponder . . .
Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S I T = S
tay In Today.

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

Make yourself stronger

by Ralph Marston

It doesn’t take much time to become stronger than you are. What it takes is embracing challenge, and making effort, and you can do that.

Improvement is one decision, one action away. The improvement will continue as long as you choose.

No matter how much or how little strength you already have, you can make yourself stronger beginning now. You can become more capable, experienced, resilient, effective, from right where you are, using what you have.

Don’t let yourself fall into the old, tired excuses. Make the commitment to make yourself stronger.

You deserve a life of expanding richness and fulfillment. You owe it to yourself, every day, to build on whatever you already have, to create unique, meaningful value out of each experience.

New strength is yours to build in every moment. Take action, grow stronger, and use your strength to continue adding new goodness to life.

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



Friday, May 20, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-20-2016

Friday, May 20, 2016
Today's Gift

It only takes one person to change your life - you. —Ruth Casey

Change is not easy, but it's absolutely unavoidable. Doors will close. Barriers will surface. Frustrations will mount. Nothing stays the same forever, and it's such folly to wish otherwise. Growth accompanies positive change; determining to risk the outcome resulting from a changed behavior or attitude will enhance our self-perceptions. We will have moved forward; in every instance our lives will be influenced by making a change that only each of us can make.

We have all dreaded the changes we knew we had to make. Perhaps even now we fear some impending changes. Where might they take us? It's difficult accepting that the outcome is not ours to control. Only the effort is ours. The solace is that positive changes, which we know are right for us and other people in our lives, are never going to take us astray. In fact, they are necessary for the smooth path just beyond this stumbling block.

When we are troubled by circumstances in our lives, a change is called for, a change that we must initiate. When we reflect on our recent as well as distant past, we will remember that the changes we most dreaded again and again have positively influenced our lives in untold ways.

Change ushers in glad, not bad, tidings.

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

Be not afraid of growing slowing, be afraid only of standing still. ---Chinese proverb

All of us are a little afraid of growth. We wonder how growth will change our lives. Who will we be? Will our friend still love us? Can't we grow up and get in over with? Why does it take so long?

All of us have a need to keep growing. There is no age when we're "all grown up" and all done learning. But we don't need to rush our growth. Like a child on a too-big bicycle, at times we'll find ourselves out of control. We'll tip over. We can grow at our own pace, but we must grow. 

Action for the Day: We must make changes. Or else, like an athlete on a too-small bicycle, we won't get far. We'll tip over too!


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

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One Day At A Time

Today
Today is the day. Doing our best, living each day to the fullest is the art of living.
Yesterday is gone, and we don’t know whether we will be here tomorrow.
If we do a good job of living today, and if tomorrow comes for us,
then the chances are we will do a good job when it arrives—so why worry about it?
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 357
Thought to Ponder . . .
Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S I T =
Stay In Today.


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Changing conditions
by Ralph Marston
Accept, adjust, act and evaluate. It’s a great strategy for successfully handling changing conditions.

When something that previously worked no longer works, accept the fact that things have changed. Embrace the new reality of what is, so you’ll have the power to work with it.

Adjust your approach based on what you see. No matter what has happened to change things, there is always value to be found and always a way to utilize that value.

Go ahead and take action. Your new approach may or may not work, and the way to know for sure is to move forward with it.

Evaluate the results you get. Learn from what went wrong and from what went right.

The world is constantly changing, and new possibilities are being born every moment. Accept what has changed, adjust to it, take action, learn, and keep going until you get the results you seek.

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