Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-23-2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Today's Gift

A life without discipline is a life without joy. -- Muriel B.

Wait a minute. Isn't joy a matter of doing what we want? Isn't freedom the state of never having to do what we don't want to do? And isn't discipline - which we learned from our parents - the burden of having to do what we don't want to do?

Actually, joy is the freedom to do what needs to be done. And gaining that freedom takes discipline. Why? Without discipline, we usually end up doing what is familiar to us. And our experience clearly tells us that old thinking and old behaviors bring us anything but joy.

It takes discipline to say no when we need to - when every fiber of our being may be urging us to give in again. It takes discipline to stand up and be counted when our pattern has been to fade into the wallpaper and blend in with any situation.

Discipline isn't easy or fun, but it's the best friend we can have. To practice self-discipline is to move through our days with a sure sense that we'll get where we're going.

Today I will remember that self-discipline is in myself.

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

Spontaneity is the quality of being able to do something just because you feel like it at the moment, of trusting your instincts, of taking yourself by surprise and snatching from the clutches of your well-organized routine a bit of unscheduled pleasure. --Richard Lannelli

The idea of turning our lives and our will over to the care of a Higher Power is a very revolutionary thing to do. We are being told, "Let go of your excessive carefulness. Let the spirit guides you." When we are in touch with ourselves, with the people around us, with our Higher Power, we are free to experiment. We don't learn from doing the same things correctly again and again. We learn from trying new things and making mistakes.

Over control is spiritually deadening. This is a program of life. Our renewal is a miraculous event. Why stop now? We can be in touch with the messages around us without trying to control the outcome. When we let our Higher Power do the worrying, we find many possibilities open up.

Action for the Day: As this adventure of life unfolds, I will not shy away from it.

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

The First Milestone
When we have finally admitted without reservation that we are powerless over alcoholand other drugs, we are apt to breathe a great sigh of relief, saying, “Well, thank Goodness that's over! I'll never have to go through that again!” Then we learn, often to our consternation,
that this is only the first milestone on the new road we are walking.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 73


Thought to Ponder
Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey.

AA-related 'Alconym'
F R E E = F
ortunately, Recovery Enhances Everything


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

Greater purpose
by Ralph Marston

If you wish, you can immerse yourself fully in this moment. Or if you choose, you can focus your awareness beyond the moment and transcend this moment entirely.

At any and every point in time the choice is yours. With this choice you shape your life, your experience, and the world around you.

You decide what gets in and what is left out. You decide which notions, stimuli, experiences are amplified, enshrined in memory, acted upon, and which are attenuated until they are forgotten.

This great power is yours. With this power, you manifest your intentions into reality.

What drives all this, what makes it work without breaking down into utter chaos, is your clear sense of purpose. And that comes from being completely honest with yourself about yourself.

Live to love all that you love, to support all you value, to care for what matters most. You have great power over your life, so be sure to direct it with even greater purpose.

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


Monday, January 22, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-22-2018

Monday, January 22, 2018
Today's Gift

I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I'm actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons. --Drew Barrymore

Appreciating Our Past

It is easy to be negative about past mistakes and unhappiness. But it is much more healing to look at ourselves and our past in the light of experience, acceptance, and growth. Our past is a series of lessons that advance us to higher levels of living and loving.

The relationships we entered, stayed in, or ended taught us necessary lessons. Some of us have emerged from the most painful circumstances with strong insights about who we are and what we want.

Our mistakes? Necessary. Our frustrations, failures, and sometimes-stumbling attempts at growth and progress? Necessary too.

Each step of the way, we learned. We went through exactly the experiences we needed to, to become who we are today. Each step of the way, we progressed.

Is our past a mistake? No. The only mistake we can make is mistaking that for the truth.

Today, Higher Power, help me let go of negative thoughts I may be harboring about my past circumstances or relationships. I can accept, with gratitude, all that has brought me to today.

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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Keep It Simple

One cannot have wisdom without living life. --Dorothy McCall

Living life means responding, wholly, to our joys and our pitfalls. It means not avoiding the experiences or activities that we fear we can't handle. Only through our survival of them do we come to know who we really are; we come to understand the strength available to us at every moment. And that is wisdom.

When we approach life tentatively, we reap only a portion of its gifts. It's like watching a movie in black and white that's supposed to be in Technicolor. Our lives are in color, but we must have courage to let the colors emerge, to feel them, absorb them, be changed by them. Within our depths, we find our true selves. The complexities of life teach us wisdom. And becoming wise eases the many pitfalls in our path.

Action for the Day: Living life is much more than just being alive. I will choose to jump in with both feet. Wisdom awaits me in the depths.


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

Laughter
So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes
shocked when we bust into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past.
But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132

Thought to Ponder
Laughter is the sound of recovery.

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

Appreciate what is
by Ralph Marston

For a moment, for a day, for a lifetime, appreciate what is. Whatever may happen, whatever may be, choose to see it with a perspective of gratitude and appreciation.

Not every day is filled with blue skies and sunshine. Not everything you undertake turns out the way you wanted.

Even so, you always have much to appreciate. There is always value to be found, always goodness to be lived.

Always, when you decide to find something to appreciate, you will. Have faith that there’s a positive way forward, and you’ll see it.

Although the weather may turn nasty, and people may disappoint you, there’s no cause to be dismayed. For somewhere in the day, somehow in the situation is real value.

Remind yourself to appreciate what is, and you’ll see that value. Appreciate what is, and position yourself to make the very best of it.

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

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-19-2018

Friday, January 19, 2018
Today's Gift

The first skill needed for the Inner Game is called "letting it happen." This means gradually building a trust in the innate ability of your body to learn and to perform. --W. Timothy Gallwey

A strange and intriguing mystery confronts us in the game of Life. When we are mend our ways; we are becoming accountable; we are striving to do what is right, yet we must learn to let go. This seems like a contradiction of logic, but it leads us to a spiritual awakening.

We are become like the accomplished tennis player who has practiced diligently to develop every detail of their skill. Yet when they are playing the game, they cannot focus on control. They must get their ego out of the way and let their self go. It is in letting go that they rise to their highest level of fulfillment. Today we will do what we must. We can make the choices we are faced with. Then we allow ourselves to be carried along by our Higher Power to complete and fulfill the process.

I will look for opportunities to let it happen today.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
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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


Self-realization is not a matter of withdrawal from a corrupt world or narcissistic contemplation of oneself. An individual becomes a person by enjoying the world and contributing to it. --Francine Klagsbrun

After we admitted our self-destructive patterns and gave them up, there were many days when we said, "Now what? Is that all there is? I need some answers. How should I live? How can I feel whole? How can I feel like a real person?" These questions may feel too painful to answer. These are among the first spiritual questions we encounter in recovery, and we must not hide or escape from them. They are valuable to us, and we need to follow their urgings.

We are asking these questions as if they were new and unique. But through the centuries many people have asked them too. They found answers we can learn from. They tell us to get engaged with life, take time for reflection, learn to enjoy it where we can, and try to make a contribution.

Action for the Day: Today, I will listen to my questions and doubts as urgings from my Higher Power, pushing me to grow. I will be involved in living.

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

Consciousness
Leaving aside the drink question, they tell why living was so unsatisfactory.
They show how the change came over them. When many hundreds of people are able
to say that the consciousness of the Presence of a Higher Power is today the most important
fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith. 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 51

Thought to Ponder
Hope leads to faith if you let it.

AA-related 'Alconym'
F A I T H = Found Always In Trusting a Higher Power

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Faith in the future
by Ralph Marston

It is not inherently difficult to be positive, though you can make it so difficult that it is impossible for you. It is entirely realistic to have faith in the future, though you can certainly convince yourself that such faith is completely misguided.

When you do choose to live with positive faith, you’re able to journey through life in the light rather than in darkness. You give the forward-looking power of faith to your thoughts and actions.

Instead of being dismayed by the setbacks, you can be energized by them. Instead of having the desire to give up, you’ll have the determination to give more.

Your faith in the future enables you to be your best in the present. It is by envisioning the positive possibilities that you begin to make them real.

Even when the whole world seems to be falling down around you, have faith. Hold steadfastly to what is good and right, and create your future with authentic goodness in your heart.

Live with faith, and engage the power of your own best possibilities. Live with faith, and keep yourself connected to the affirmative side of life.

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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-18-2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Today's Gift

Having boundaries doesn't complicate life; boundaries simplify life. --Beyond Codependency

There is a positive aspect to boundary setting. We learn to listen to ourselves and identify what hurt us and what we don't like. But we also learn to identify what feels good.

When we are willing to take some risks and begin actively doing so, we will enhance the quality of our life.

What do we like? What feels good? What brings us pleasure? Whose company do we enjoy? What helps us to feel good in the morning? What's a real treat in our life? What are the small, daily activities that make us feel nurtured and cared for?

We have deprived ourselves too long. There is no need to do that anymore, no need. If it feels good, and the consequences are self-loving and not self-defeating, do it!

Today, I will do for myself those little things that make life more pleasurable. I will not deny myself healthy treats.

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

We are born in innocence. Corruption comes later. The first fear is a corruption, the first reaching for something that defies us. The first nuance of difference, the first need to feel better than the different one, more loved, stronger, richer, more blessed--these are corruptions. --Laura Z. Hobson

We are corrupted. To be a human is to be corrupted. Our corruptions interfere with our happiness at the very time we are seeking happiness. When we think if only we were prettier, smarter, had a better job, then we'd be happy, we are giving in to corruptions. And these corruptions stifle our growth. We are each who we need to be. We have a supporting role in one another's lives. We can teach and learn from one another.

Recovery is choosing to help ourselves and one another to be as we are; to quit making comparisons; to celebrate our differences, knowing they give intensity to life's colors for us all.

Action for the Day: I can celebrate our special and different gifts today. My heart will be lightened.

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

Blind
For a brief moment, I had needed and wanted my Higher Power.
There had been a humble willingness to have Them with me—and They came.
But soon the sense of Their presence had been blotted out by worldly clamors,
mostly those within myself. And so it had been ever since.
How blind I had been.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 12 - 13

Thought to Ponder
Today, my brain has cleared with the grace of clarity.

AA-related 'Alconym'
H O P E = H
eart Open; Please Enter

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Future consequences
by Ralph Marston

Long after this day is over, you’ll be living with the consequences of what you do with it. Now, while you are living this day, you can make those future consequences positive and beneficial.

Every choice in every moment matters, and continues to matter after the moment has passed. Make the choices now that will make life increasingly good as time goes on.

Live this day well, enjoy its possibilities and pleasures. But don’t sacrifice the quality of future days in order to do so.

The choices you make today will echo through your life for a long time. Act in a way that will make your future self thankful again and again.

Right now, you have leverage over your entire future. Even the smallest nudge in a positive direction can create major benefits as time goes by.

Summon the strength to make that nudge, and live today as if your choices, your actions will influence the rest of your life. Because they will.

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


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-17-2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Today's Gift

An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. --Orlando A. Battista

In our lives, we have always been drawn to extremes. If it isn't white, it must be black. If a little bit feels good, we take a lot. If we are going to do something, only perfection is good enough. So if we don't win, we lose, and if we can't do it perfectly, we feel like a failure.

In life we must learn to seek progress, not perfection. And we can only make progress by trial and error. We learn nothing if we don't try new things. When we accept our imperfections over our need to be perfect, we have to begin to learn how to live in a new way. It doesn't just happen all at once. So when we take our errors and our slips and agree to learn from them, we become stronger in our life.

Today I accept my imperfections, and I will trust the process of progress. 

From the book Wisdom to Know ©
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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

They lack confidence, they crave  admiration insatiably.They live on the reflections of their self in the eyes of others. They do not dare to be themself. --Anas Nin

How aptly these words describe the person so many of us were. Many activities were not attempted, courses weren't taken, conversations weren't initiated because we lacked confidence. The pain, the constant search for acceptance and love in the eyes and behavior of others, still haunts us. But those days are past. We are daring to be ourselves, one day at a time.

Confidence still wavers on occasion, and we may need assurance that we're lovable. Gratefully, we can look to one another for the additional boost we may need to face the day. Being there for one another, knowing that we understand each other's fears offers the strength to go ahead that we may lack today or tomorrow.

Action for the Day: Today a person may need me to dare to be themself. I will be there.



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One Day At A Time

Miraculous
The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty
that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way
which is indeed miraculous. They have commenced to accomplish
those things for us which we could never do by ourselves. 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25

Thought to Ponder
Don't give up before the miracle happens.

AA-related 'Alconym'
B I G B O O K = Believing In Goodness Beats Our Old Knowledge


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

Where life has faltered
by Ralph Marston

Weakness carries the opportunity for new strength. Ignorance creates space for new wisdom.

Be honest with yourself about the strategies you employ to hold yourself back. Use that understanding to develop and deploy new strategies for propelling yourself forward.

Don’t curse the shortcomings in your life, or fight against them. Draw energy from them, and transform them into triumphs.

There is much you don’t know, and in every bit of it exists the opportunity to learn. Fears haunt you, and by acting with courage in the face of those fears, you can change your world.

Let the burdens point you toward the possible blessings. Let the failures create a pathway to success.

See clearly those places where life has faltered, and be thankful for the chance to turn them around. Then step forward with love, confidence, courage, determination, and make life as great as you know it can be.

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


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-16-2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Today's Gift

I feel we have picked each other from the crowd as fellow-travelers, for neither of us is to the other's personality the end-all and the be-all. —Joanna Field

We must look around at the people in our lives today, and know that we have something special to offer each of them, and they to us. We do travel separate paths together. We may need to learn tolerance and acceptance; perhaps a friend's behavior pushes us to be more tolerant and accepting. Impatience may be our nemesis, and everywhere we turn are lines, slow cash registers, traffic jams. Our experiences with others aren't chance. Fellow travelers are carefully selected by the inner self, the spiritual guide who understands our needs in this life.

We are both the teachers and the pupils. We need both our friends and those we may label our enemies for what they can help us learn.

I will carefully look about me today with gladness at the travelers I've selected to learn from.

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

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. --Will Durant

Sometimes we say bad things about others. When we do this, it makes us look bad too. Our friends worry what we might say about them behind their backs. They're afraid to trust us. We become known as gossips.

The things we say about other people tell a lot about us. We are kind or unkind. We gossip or we don't. This doesn't mean we have to say everyone is wonderful all the time. As we work our program to see ourselves better, we begin to see other people more clearly too. We see their strong points and their weak points. But we can know these things without gossiping about them.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me see others clearly, and in their best light. Let me bring out the good in others.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list the people I'm closest to at work, school, and home. I'll think of how I talk about them to others. Am I kind?

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

Possible Existence
As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit
of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of
a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.
We found that our Higher Power does not make too hard terms with those who seek Them.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 46

Thought to Ponder
Our Higher Power seldom becomes a reality until our Higher Power becomes a necessity.

AA-related 'Alconym'
F A I T H = F
or All I Trust Him/Her

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

Let the beauty brightly shine
by Ralph Marston

See that wherever life may find you today is a beautiful place to be. Realize that whatever you have to work with is everything you need to make new richness in this moment.

You can create value right now that will always be with you. You can experience joys today that can change your life forever.

You are surrounded by life’s richness. Possibilities stretch out in every direction.

Wherever you may choose to go, the first step is ready for you to take. The journey toward any destination you can imagine begins right here and now.

Recognize the beauty in every detail and appreciate the value in every challenge. Feel the purpose that springs from deep within you, and follow its lead as you move through each day.

Allow the sparkling new abundance that is born every moment to fill you with its warmth. Right here, right now, with life as it is, take it all in and let the beauty brightly shine from you.

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