Friday, July 22, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-22-2016

Friday, July 22, 2016
Today's Gift

For this is wisdom; to live, To take what fate, or the Gods, may give. --Laurence Hope

We can't control the events of our lives, but we do have mastery over our attitudes. The chances will be many, today, to react negatively or positively to circumstances we find ourselves in. We can consider that each circumstance has something special in it for us.

Positive expectations regarding the planned as well as spontaneous activities of the day will influence the activity's flow, our involvement with it, and our interactions with the other people involved. A positive attitude seems to breed positive experiences. In other words, we attract into our lives that which we expect. How often do we get up angry, feeling behind when the day has only begun, short-tempered with our children, "ready" for a tough one at work? And we generally find it.

The Serenity Prayer offers us all the knowledge, all the wisdom we'll ever need. We can accept what has to be, change what we can, and not get confused between the two. We can inventory our attitude. Are we taking charge of it? Our attitude is something we can change.

I won't get trapped today by a negative attitude. I will accept the challenge of turning my day around.

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

There is no reality except the one contained within us. --Herman Hesse

Claude Gellee painted lovely pictures of the English countryside. Europeans loved his landscapes, with their blue hues and mild distortions. But when the people went for the carriage rides in the country, they were disappointed because it didn't look the way Gellee had painted it. Then someone discovered that if you held blue glass up to your eyes and looked through it, the trees and hills and sky looked just like a Gellee painting! Soon everyone was looking through "Claude glasses" when they traveled.

We often let others do our seeing for us. We get lazy and rely on the images of television and movies, instead of really seeing with our own eyes. Our world becomes distorted and we lose sight of the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Each of us carries reality inside ourselves, and as we grow stronger within, we discover that we can see clearest when we trust our own eyes. There is a glorious world, full and rich, just waiting for us to glimpse it.

Action for the Day: I will see the world through my own eyes today.

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

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One Day At A Time

Selfishness
So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves,
and the alcoholic and addict is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though they usually doesn’t think so.
Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness.
We must, or it kills us! Our Higher Power makes that possible.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I self-forget I find.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Attitude Adjustment

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

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Daily Motivation


Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

It will be
by Ralph Marston

There is beauty all around you. If you look with a loving and thankful heart, you will see it.

There are possibilities too numerous to imagine. If you recognize and appreciate the best of them, they will be yours to fulfill.

Your current circumstances provide a perfect point from which to reach as high as you wish, if you will step forward and take positive action. The challenges you face serve as valuable lessons, if you meet them with the best you have to give.

Today will be the best one yet, if you expect it to be. Your dreams will come to life, if you give your passion and energy to them in every moment.

You’ll work successfully through every obstacle, if you choose to utilize the power of your persistence. You’ll achieve what you set out to achieve, if you follow through with purpose and commitment.

Know that it will be. And it will be.

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


The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-21-2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Today's Gift

I wake each morning with the thrill of expectation and the joy of being truly alive. And I'm thankful for this day. --Angela L. Wozniak

Being open to the day's offering, all of it, and looking for the positive experiences therein, becomes habit only after a firm commitment and dedicated practice. Today is special for each of us.

These next twenty-four hours will be unlike all others. And we are not the persons we were, even as recently as yesterday. Looking forward to all of the day's events, with the knowledge that we are in the care of our higher power, in every detail, frees us to make the most of everything that happens.

We have been given the gift of life. We are survivors. The odds against survival in our past make clear we have yet a job to do and are being given the help to do it. Confidence wavers in all of us, but the strength we need will be given to each of us.

In this day that stands before me, I can be certain that I'll have many chances for growth, for kindness to others, for developing confidence in myself. I will be thoughtful in my actions today. They are special and will be repeated no more.

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

Attitude

Creating good impressions
There's a saying that we have only one chance to make a good first impression. That's true, but we always have the opportunity to make good lasting impressions.

The secret of making good impressions is contained in one word: ATTITUDE. Whatever we really feel will be expressed to others as our true character and the impression we give will be authentically us.

The way to control the impressions we are making is simply to continue cultivating an attitude that's consistent with humility, acceptance, and graciousness. We should have others' best interests at heart without being meddlesome. We should be genuinely helpful.
This attitude will create any good impressions we need to make.

Action for the Day: Working to make sure I'm thinking the right way. I'll forget about the impressions I'm making. If my attitude is right, the impression will take care of itself.

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

Meditation
Meditation belongs and grows with daily life and daily growth,
for it is in daily life that analytical thought binds us into the dilemma of opposites
and consequently into sorrow, pleasure-seeking, and loss of freedom.
In a life that may often seem onerous, boring, and senseless, meditation can free us to its beauty, its joy beyond pleasure, its passion beyond sorrow.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 172

Thought to Ponder . . .
Meditation is our step out into the sun.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K = The Happiness I Never Knew

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Power of life
by Ralph Marston

Quiet your thoughts now, take a slow, deep breath and feel life itself. Just feel, without the need to label, the essence that is you.

Allow yourself to feel love for all you love. Allow your vision of life at its best to fill your awareness.

Stay here a moment, and remind yourself, this is what’s important. Pure, authentic life and love are what matter.

Nothing can take the best of you away from you. Through pain, loss, achievement, joy, ups and downs, you still can love all that you love.

In any situation, you can give of yourself to life. You can always make a difference, you can always matter, you can always love.

Remind yourself of the good, unique power that is your own life. Remind yourself now to point that power in a worthy, meaningful direction.

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



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-20-2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Today's Gift

It is ironic that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our Creator — our very self-consciousness — is also the one thing that divides us from our fellow creatures. —Annie Dillard

Getting outside of ourselves, moving beyond our own egos, opens the door to real communication with the people we'll meet today. We have to learn to look with loving appreciation into the soul of that person or child who stands before us. We have to practice being concerned with their needs before our own, and in time our concern will be genuine. The separation between us will exist no more.

This division from others, the barrier that keeps us apart, comes from our individual insecurities. We have grown accustomed to the quick comparisons of ourselves with those we meet. Either inferior or superior we determine them to be, and thus ourselves. Whatever gifts we have to offer each other are left unwrapped, at least for now.

Let's come together, truly together, with someone we've been holding off until now. We can trust that the people who have come into our lives are there by design. We are equal to them, and they to us. We need what they have to offer us, and their growth needs our gifts, too.

I will appreciate the design of my life today. I will draw myself close to the day.

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

How we look at the world.

The world we live in has much that is good and much that is bad. Each day we can seek out the positive or the negative. If we choose to dwell on the negative, then that is what we will experience. But if we dwell on the positive, then that is more likely what we will experience.

The choice today is ours. We are the only ones who have the power to change how we look at the world.

How do I view the world today?

Thought for the Day: It is remarkable how things change when I decide to change the way I look at them.

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

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One Day At A Time

Newcomers
“Our chief responsibility to the newcomer is an adequate presentation of the program.
If they do nothing or argue, we do nothing but maintain our own sobriety.
If they start to move ahead, even a little, with an open mind,
we then break our necks to help in any way we can.”
- As Bill Sees It, p. 105

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

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

When fighting stops
by Ralph Marston

Progress happens when fighting stops. Accept this moment, these conditions, the people around you, and move forward.

Change is essential, unavoidable, and positive change is the result of a positive perspective. Rather than fighting against what is, work to transform it into something more beneficial for everyone.

Life is not perfect, and will never be. Yet within the imperfection is great beauty, much power, value and fulfillment.

You won’t find a perfect solution to every problem, yet you can successfully address each problem. Get good things done not by striving to make everything perfect, but by working around the imperfections.

Enjoy the moment without trying to force the joy. Let it be what it is, and feel the immense power of not having to fight it.

It is by gracefully joining in life’s flow that you can offer your own positive influence. Practice acceptance, and point all your power in a good and useful direction.

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



The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-19-2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Today's Gift

What I said never changed anybody; what they understood did. --Paul. P.

How often have we given our all to change somebody else? How frantically have we tried to force a loved one to see the light? How hopelessly have we watched a destructive pattern - perhaps a pattern we know well from personal experience - bring terrible pain to someone who is dear to us?

All of us have.

We would do anything to save the people we love. In our desperation, we imagine that if we say just the right words in just the right way, our loved ones will understand.

If change happens, we think our efforts have succeeded.

If change doesn't happen, we think our efforts have failed. But neither is true. Even our best efforts don't have the power to change someone else. Nor do we have that responsibility. People are only persuaded by what they understand. And they, as we, can understand a deeper truth only when it is their time to grow toward deeper understanding. Not before.

Today, I will focus on changing myself and entrust those I love to the Higher Power who loves them even more than I do.

From the book Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. ©


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

How should one live? Live welcoming to all. --Mechtild of Magdeburg

Welcoming is a spiritual practice we met when we came to this program. We may recall our first meetings and how welcome we felt in this group of fellow sufferers. It gave us hope when we felt desperate and continues to provide us with a nourishing place to grow.

To be welcoming means to accept others as they are, without passing judgment on their worth. It means to encourage them when they are despairing and to accept that they have a rightful place in our world. Welcoming is being generous with our resources. We do not have to feel close to someone to be welcoming. We can welcome a stranger. As we practice this attitude toward others, regardless of their status in life, regardless of their good or bad actions, we are changed inside. We learn from the people we welcome, and we are reminded that in the sight of our Higher Power we are all loved as equals.

Action for the Day: Today, 1 will practice a welcoming attitude toward everyone I meet.


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

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One Day At A Time

Practice
I believe the most important word in AA is “practice.”
Our Twelfth Step says we must “practice these principles in all our affairs.”
For me that means all my affairs—even when there’s nobody around to see me doing it.
And it means action. I can talk about practice for the rest of my life,
but if I don’t practice practice, nothing changes.
- Thank You For Sharing, p. 182

Thought to Ponder . . .
Never mistake motion for action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B A T H =
Balance, Action, Thinking, Habits

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Do what is best
by Ralph Marston

What do you do when you feel like nothing you do is appreciated? Continue with what you know is best, for even when no one else seems to care, it matters that you care.

Don’t let anyone steal your values or your self esteem. Do what you know is best, no matter what response you get.

If you think no one notices, you’re mistaken. You notice, and that makes an enormous difference.

The purpose of doing good is not to look good, not to impress anyone. Do what is right because it is right, and feel the inner peace, the inner strength it brings.

Ultimately, integrity wins. Truth and goodness cannot be denied for long.

Do what is best, but not for show. Do what is right, what is best, because your precious life deserves nothing less from you.



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


The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-18-2016

Monday, July 18, 2016
Today's Gift

When you feel rejected, start accepting yourself, and then go out and accept someone. --Sondra Ray

There was once a mother who felt rejected when her children grew up and needed to separate from her. She felt hurt when they pushed her away and no longer wanted all the love and caring that she wanted to give them. She thought, What's wrong with me?

Encouraged by her friends, she began to ask herself another question: What's right with me? The more answers she found to that question, the better she liked herself. The better she liked herself, the more she was able to see her children's need to separate from her as their own natural and healthy urge for independence, and not the result of her shortcomings.

Our good points may seem undesirable to others, but that's not our fault. Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be inappropriate, but that doesn't make it bad.

What's right with me 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

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.---Marie Curie

We have many sides, some good, and some bad. Maybe we're afraid to see our faults. But we don't need to be afraid. After all, we need to know our dark side before we can change it. When we see ourselves clearly, we can stop our dark side from causing trouble.

When we shine light on our fears and secrets, we'll begin to feel better about ourselves. We'll feel more safe about sharing our worries. The more honest we are with ourselves and others, the better and stronger we become. The goodness and love in us will blossom. We have a Higher Power and a program to help us.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be brave enough to see myself clearly. Gently teach me to see who I really am. Help me know enough to stay sober today.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll look myself in the eyes. I'll spend two minutes looking into my eyes in a mirror. I'll talk to someone about what I see.

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

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One Day At A Time

Pink Cloud
I was like a lot of others on a pink cloud for two or three weeks. Then I came crashing down to earth and began to feel that awful, apprehensive, depressive pain that said if I wanted to stay stopped, I would have to change.
Thank goodness, I was told at meetings that I could now live one day at a time.
I didn’t need to project the future or cry about the past.
Just live to the best of my ability, one day at a time.
- AA Around the World, p. 65
Thought to Ponder . . .
If I don't change, my sobriety date will.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Always Alive

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

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Daily Motivation


Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Ease your burdens
by Ralph Marston

Don’t make life’s difficulties even more difficult by filling your mind with resentment. Instead, ease your burdens by choosing to be truly thankful for them.

If you feel resentment starting to take hold, stop and consider this. There’s nothing to be gained by bringing yourself down over what has already happened.

Use the occasion to remember all the things for which you can be thankful. Rise to the challenge of seeing the positive aspects that are surely there within any troubling situation.

Holding on to resentment will drain valuable energy away from you. Gratitude, on the other hand, can fill you with fresh, new positive energy.

Choose to see the value in your situation. Choose to look forward with confidence instead of looking backward with resentment.

Right now, there is much for which to be thankful. Focus on the positive possibilities, and find real joy in steadily bringing them to life.

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



Friday, July 15, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-15-2016

Friday, July 15, 2016
Today's Gift

I was forced to live far beyond my years when just a child. Now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely. —Mary Pickford

We can all learn to change our lives so the child within each of us can live in balance with the people we have become. We can learn to give the child a voice, let the child play, let the child express needs and fears and pleasures.

We might look at our old baby pictures for a valuable lesson. We will see pictures of ourselves on rocking horses, grinning and waving; pictures of ourselves with our most precious toy - a crude metal car, perhaps; pictures of ourselves rolling in the grass. The lesson we learn is that it doesn't take much to make this child happy - even today.

We keep our own happiness safe inside us to call on whenever we need it, as long as we keep a healthy relationship with the child within. When we nourish the child, we can be assured the child will also nourish us.

What simple thing will make me happy 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

There is nothing you can say in answer to a compliment. I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough. --Mark Twain

Hearing the good words and praise of another person is harder for some of us to accept than criticism and abuse. Perhaps it is easier to receive what we are accustomed to, or maybe we feel a loss of control when someone compliments us. This is a time for us to begin accepting others' actions. We do not need to be in control of our relationships at all times. When friends offer sincere compliments, we don't need to push them away or brush them off.

All we need to do is allow others' positive messages to come into us. In a good relationship we listen to the feelings of our friends, and sometimes that means truly listening as they tell us their good feelings about us.

Action for the Day: Today, I will be open to the compliments that come my *way without controlling them.

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

Spiritual Strength
With my life in my Higher Power’s care, fear, uncertainty, and anger are no longer my response to those portions of life that I would rather not have happen to me.
The pain of living through these times will be healed
by the knowledge that I have received the spiritual strength to survive.
- Daily Reflections, p. 206

Thought to Ponder . . .
Through adversity we find strength.

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

Pointing the way
by Ralph Marston

What seems to be standing in your way is not really standing in your way. It’s pointing the way.

What looks like it’s holding you back is not really holding you back. It’s building your determination to move forward.

The mountain is steep and treacherous, yet it gives you a pathway to get to the top. The work is challenging and complicated, and yet it gives you a way to create achievement.

Don’t you dare despair when things get tough. Rejoice in knowing that the reason you’re encountering so much resistance is because you’re moving so powerfully ahead.

Look in the direction from where the resistance is coming. That’s where value lives.

Feel your determination as it grows stronger each time you push forward. Now you have what it takes to bring great things to life.

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