Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-21-2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Today's Gift

In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadows follow the body. --Ruth Benedict

Our identity, our being at any moment, is a composite of all we have been in the past. Some of our actions have made us wiser. Others haunt us because we didn't put forth our best effort. All of our deeds contributed in some measure to our growth, however, and they can guide our choice to behave honorably today.

Acceptance, of who we are, our total self, is necessary for our emotional maturity. Shame for past actions will keep us stuck. Our restitution for the past is best made by responsible behavior today. How fortunate that each waking moment offers us opportunities to become our better selves.

Today, just like every day, I'll make choices to behave in ways that will fill me with pride or shame. I pray for thoughtfulness today.

From the book The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. ©
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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 can never go back again, that much is certain. --Daphne DuMaurier

Yesterday is gone, but its experiences will be reflected in those of today. We learned from both the good and the bad situations of yesterday. Where we travel today, likewise, will influence our direction tomorrow. We can't do over what has gone before, but we can positively incorporate all that life is offering us from this moment forth.

We are moving toward greater understanding of life's mysteries with each experience. As today unfolds, we can be moved by the adventures. What we experience is ours alone and will contribute to the unfolding of our special destiny. We move forward, only forward. The doors behind us are closed forever.

Facing what comes to us, with strength, is a gift from this program we share. Letting go of the yesterdays and the last years is another gift offered by this program. And trust that what we face along with what we let go will weave the pattern of our rightful unfolding--that is the ultimate gift given to us by this program.

Action for the Day: I need never go back again. I am spared that. My destiny lies in the future. And I can be certain it will bring me all that I desire, and more.


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 Psychic Change
On the other hand—and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand—once a
psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many
problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds themself easily able to control their desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxix

Thought to Ponder
The greatest gift that can come to anyone is a spiritual awakening.

AA-related 'Alconym'
CHANGE =
Can Help Attract New Gifts and Energy

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Get past the past
by Ralph Marston

Your shortcomings and disappointments are all in the past now. They have nothing to do with what you can accomplish from this point forward. Every day, you start with a clean slate. Every moment is an opportunity to begin the process of turning your dreams into reality.

It doesn’t matter what has happened before. Yes, the past has brought you to where you are. Yet right now the path splits off in an infinite number of directions. And you have the choice of which one to take.

Learn from the past and then let it go. To wish that it had been different, is a waste of time and energy. To continue living with your past limitations, is a waste of your life’s enormous potential.

Your past does not define who you are or what you can accomplish. You do.

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-20-2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Today's Gift

We are powerless over other people's expectations of us. We cannot control what others want, what they expect, or what they want us to do and be. We must set our own course. -Melody Beattie

We cannot control other people's expectations of us, but we can control how we respond to those expectations.

During the course of any day, people may make demands on our time, talents, energy, money, and emotions. We do not have to say yes to every request. We do not have to feel guilty if we say no. And we do not have to allow the barrage of demands to control the course of our life.

We do not have to spend our life reacting to others and to the course they would prefer we took with our life.

We can set boundaries, firm limits on how far we shall go with others. We can trust and listen to ourselves. We can set goals and direction for our life. We can place value on ourselves.

We can own our power with people.

Buy some time. Think about what you want. Consider how responding to another's needs will affect the course of your life. We live or own life by not letting other people, their expectations, and their demands control the course of our life. We can let them have their demands and expectations; we can allow them to have their feelings. We can own our power to choose the path that is right for us.

Today, Higher Power, help me own my power by detaching and peacefully choosing the course of action that is right for me. Help me know I can detach from the expectations and wants of others. Help me stop pleasing other people and start pleasing myself.

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

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. --Eleanor Roosevelt

How can we ever do that which seems impossible? Taking a class, quitting a job, leaving a destructive relationship behind, asking for help; none of these can we do alone or with ease. All of these we can handle when we rely on the help offered by the program, the help of one another, the help promised by our higher power. Tackling with our Higher Power's help that which seems impossible, reduces it to manageable size. It also deflates the power our fears have given it.

That which we fear grows in proportion to our obsession with it. The more we fear a thing, the bigger it becomes, which in turn increases our fear. How lucky we are that our Higher Power awaits our call for the strength, the companionship that is guaranteed us! We are in partnership, all the way, every day, if we'd only recognize it. We can move toward and through anything. And the added benefit is that we come to trust our partnership. We soon know that all situations can be met. All experiences can be survived. Avoidance is no longer our technique for survival.

Today’s Action: A deep breath invites the inner strength to move through me. I will feel the exhilaration of my Higher Power's power. And I will know the excitement of growth and peace.

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

There is a Solution
There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our
pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful
consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe
in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore, we were
approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was nothing left for us
but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25

Thought to Ponder
The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.

AA-related 'Alconym'
K I S S = K
eeping It Simple, Spiritually

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

Everything that is now
by Ralph Marston

Accept this moment fully, and you will find in it no stress, no anxiety, no tension or worry. Accept what is, as it is, and you have access to its full power and potential.

Your ego wants to fight, to prove it is bigger than reality. But fighting against reality is a battle that’s lost before it begins.

Do not strive to find some clever shortcut around reality. Seek instead to find your place within it, to imagine the value you can add.

Allow your heart to fill with gratitude for what is. Watch as the entirety of your self rises to the occasion and springs into effective action.

Here is great opportunity. Here and now, your thoughts, your actions, your love and care make a difference.

Let all resistance fall cleanly away. You have everything that is now, and you are here to live it fully.

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

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-19-2018

Monday, February 19, 2018
Today's Gift

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. —Agnes DeMille

The day ahead offers us choices of many kinds - some big ones, many that will affect other persons close to us, a few that will have profound effects on our destiny. But no choice, no decision we make, will be wrong. A particular decision may lead us slightly astray. Down a dead-end path perhaps - but we can always turn back and choose again.

We are seldom aware of the gravity of a particular choice at the time of making it. Only hindsight reveals the wisdom of an important choice. Nevertheless, no choice is without importance in the overall picture of our lives. And at the same time, no choice is all-powerful regarding our destiny. We are offered chances again and again for making the right choices, the ones that will most contribute to the bigger plan for our lives.

I need not worry about today's opportunities for decision-making. I will listen to those around me. I will seek guidance in the messages coming to me. I will make the choices I need to, today.

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

Changing brings questions, and questions bring change. ---Anonymous

What am I becoming? How do I know if what I'm doing is right? Is it best for me? We are full of questions. Often, times of question a are times of change. We are becoming something new, and there is always a little fear of change. Luckily, we don't need to know what we are becoming to find peace. What we need to know is what we believe in. And we'll become what we believe in. If we believe in sobriety, we'll be sober. If we believe in honestly, we'll struggle to be more honest. We must give ourselves the freedom of becoming. Becoming means we're on a trip, a journey. Over time, becoming takes on a comfort of its own.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, what am I becoming? I give up having to know the answer. All I need to believe is that You love me and will do what is best for me.

Action for the Day: I'll ask lots of questions. Often, the question is more important than the answer.


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

We Asked
Without help it is too much for us.
But there is One who has all power—that One is our Higher Power. May you find Them now!
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point.
We asked Their protection and care with complete abandon.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 59

Thought to Ponder
When we surrender to our Higher Power, the journey begins.

AA-related 'Alconym'
G O D = G
ift Of Divine

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Fresh new world
by Ralph Marston

No matter how many times you have failed in the past, you can go positively forward now. No matter how often you’ve wandered from the path, you can now choose to move straight ahead.

Do not be dismayed by anything that has come to pass. For this is a new day, with new possibilities, and you’re here to live them, now.

Whether you’ve let yourself down for a few minutes, or for decades, that time is now over. This is your time to fill your life with purpose, action, joy and fulfillment.

Whatever has been, has been, and is done. What is to be, is yours now to choose.

Every disappointment you’ve ever felt can now fuel your determination. Every opportunity you’ve missed can remind you to fully seize the opportunities you now have.

Open your eyes, your heart, your everything to the fresh new world of possibilities. There is so much you can do, and now, right now, is when you choose.

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


Friday, February 16, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-16-2018

Friday, February 16, 2018
Today's Gift

Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities. —Sue Atchley Ebaugh

Our dreams beckon us to new heights. All that we may need is the courage to move toward them, taking the necessary steps to realize those dreams. Trusting that we will be shown the steps, one at a time, patiently waiting for the right step and right time is all we need to do, today.

Our dreams, when they are for the good of ourselves and others, are invitations from the Universe to spread our wings, to attempt new heights. Those dreams are part of the destiny designed for us. They are not happenstance. Our gifts are unique. Our contributions are ours alone. Our dreams reflect the contributions we are called on to make in this life.

Our opportunities for fulfillment are varied and not always recognized as for our good. Again and again we need to turn to our Higher Power, be patient, and trust that we are being called to offer something very special to those around us. No one of us has escaped a special plan. And every one of us is inspired in particular ways, with particular talents. The Universe is clearing the way for us to burst forth with our talents.

I will be grateful for all that I am, for all that I have. And I will remember, what I give today to friends around me is mine only to give.

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

. . . no one who learns to know their self remains just what they were before---Thomas Mann

Deep inside, we all know that we're changing. It started when we took Step One. We learned and accepted something new about ourselves. That changed us, just a little. We no longer wanted to live as addicts. That meant we had to change and to learn to live sober. It's been nonstop ever since: learn about ourselves, change a little, learn about ourselves, change a little more, and so on. All we know is that each step of learning and changing makes life better. How long can it keep getting better? As long as we keep learning to know ourselves.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, teach me about myself today. Teach me gently.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll think about what I've learned about myself by working the program. I'll list five things.


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

Sensitive People
A person may criticize or laugh at themself and it will affect others favorably,
but criticism or ridicule coming from another often produces the contrary effect.
Members of a family should watch such matters carefully, for one careless, inconsiderate
remark has been known to raise the very devil. We alcoholics are sensitive people.
It takes some of us a long time to outgrow that serious handicap.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 125

Thought to Ponder
To be sensitive is to feel the thoughts and hearts of others as only you would want yours felt.

AA-related 'Alconym'
P U T = P
ractice Using Tolerance

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Passion for the work
by Ralph Marston

Stop waiting for the time to be right. Use the time you have, and make it the right time by virtue of what you do with it.

Don’t wait to be inspired before doing the work. Go ahead, do the work, and your efforts will create plenty of inspiration.

Conditions are the way they are, and you feel whatever way you feel. None of that has to stop you from doing what you must do.

The best way to feel like doing it, is to get started. Get started, keep going, and just one short hour from now you’ll have some powerful positive momentum.

You can’t expect passion to suddenly well up within you. What you can do is create passion for the work by actually doing the work.

If you’re feeling uninspired, that’s a sure sign that the best thing you can do is take action. Take action, and you’ll have the inspiration you seek.

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


Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-15-2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Today's Gift

Be patient with yourself; trust in the Universe; find mentors; know that you can achieve whatever you set out to do. ― Diane L. Dunton

Sometimes, the gray days scare us. Those are the days when the old feelings come rushing back. We may feel needy, scared, ashamed, and unable to care for ourselves.

When this happens, it's hard to trust ourselves, others, the goodness of life, and the good intentions of our Higher Power. Problems seem overwhelming. The past seems senseless; the future, bleak. We feel certain the things we want in life will never happen.

In those moments, we may become convinced that things and people outside of ourselves hold the key to our happiness. That's when we may try to control people and situations to mask our pain. When these "codependent crazies" strike, others often begin to react negatively to our controlling.

When we're in a frenzied state, searching for happiness outside ourselves and looking to others to provide our peace and stability, remember this: Even if we could control things and people, even if we got what we wanted, we would still be ourselves. Our emotional state would still be in turmoil.

People and things don't stop our pain or heal us. In life, we must learn that this is our job, and we can do it by using our resources: our Higher Power, our support systems, our surroundings, and ourselves.

Often, after we've become peaceful, trusting, and accepting, what we want comes to us - with ease and naturalness.

The sun begins to shine again. Isn't it funny, and isn't it true, how all change really does begin with us?

I can let go of things and people and my need to control today. I can deal with my feelings. I can get peaceful. I can get calm. I can get back on track and find the true key to happiness - myself. I will remember that a gray day is just that - one gray day.

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

Easy Does It.---Twelve Steps slogan

We are people who push ourselves to hard. We try to be perfect. Well, we need to lighten up. Easy Does It.
We need to slow down our pace. Why? Because our program teaches us to give up trying to be perfect.
We begin to love ourselves for who we are. We are enough. Over and over we hear this as we live the Steps. It's the message of our Higher Power's love. Our Higher Power want us to live at a pace that's not fast and hard, so we always know we're loved. Remember, we've turned our life over to the care of our Higher Power. And our life is a wonderful gift. As recovering people, we may know better than others.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, teach me to live at Your pace, not mine. Help me keep in mind that life isn't a race. It's a spiritual journey. Walk with me.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll take two hours just to relax and do loving things for myself. I'll take time to count my blessings.

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


Utter Inability
Many of us felt that we had plenty of character.
There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible.
This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability
to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 34

Thought to Ponder
Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful!

AA-related 'Alconym'
W O R K = W
hat Our Recovery Knows

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Remind yourself
by Ralph Marston

Remind yourself how far you’ve come. Remind yourself how much you’ve done.

Remind yourself of all you love and value. Remind yourself how much you care.

Remind yourself that most of what screams for your attention doesn’t deserve it. Remind yourself often to gently guide your focus back to the things that truly matter.

You know what to do, how to do it, and why. Yet all too often the fears, complexities, and shiny trinkets persuade you to forget.

Your possibilities are too magnificent to let them go to waste. So remind yourself how capable you are, and how important it is to act on those possibilities.

Remind yourself of your dreams, your passions, your desire to live life at its best. Then with renewed energy and inspiration, put your unique, beautiful vision of excellence into action.

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


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-14-2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Today's Gift

Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. —Karl Menninger

Receiving a loving hug from a parent or perhaps a smile from a friend or even a stranger gives us a special feeling inside. We know we are important to others when they show us their love through attention. And we sometimes forget that we matter to others. Family members and friends feel good in the same way when we show them our love. Everyone needs to be loved.

How can we show our love? Must it be through a hug? Doing a favor for someone is loving. Helping around the house or the yard is loving, particularly when we've volunteered our help. Giving an unexpected gift to a friend is a way of showing love. Showing others we care, even when they are angry, is perhaps the nicest of all expressions of love.

What new way can I show someone I care today?

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

Valentine's Day

For children, Valentine's Day means candy hearts, silly cards, and excitement in the air.

How different Valentine's Day can be for us as adults. The Love Day can be a symbol that we have not yet gotten love to work for us as we would like.

Or it can be a symbol of something different, something better. We are in recovery now. We have begun the healing process. Our most painful relationships, we have learned, have assisted us on the journey to healing, even if they did little more than point out our own issues or show us what we don't want in our life.

We have started the journey of learning to love ourselves. We have started the process of opening our heart to love, real love that flows from us, to others, and back again. Do something loving for yourself. Do something loving and fun for your friends, for your children, or for anyone you choose.

It is the Love Day. Wherever we are in our healing process, we can have as much fun with it as we choose. Whatever our circumstances, we can be grateful that our heart is opening to love.

Action for the Day: I will open myself to the love available to me from people, the Universe, and my Higher Power today. I will allow myself to give and receive the love I want today. I am grateful that my heart is healing, that I am learning to love.


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

Helping Others
Your candidate may give reasons why they need not follow all of the program.
They may rebel at the thought of a drastic housecleaning which requires discussion
with other people. Do not contradict such views. Tell them you once felt as they do,
but you doubt whether you would have made much progress had you not taken action.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 94


Thought to Ponder
Trust your Higher Power. Clean house. Help others.

AA-related 'Alconym'
P R O G R A M = P
eople Relying On Goodness Relaying A Message

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Let love flow freely
by Ralph Marston

Love believes what cannot be possible. And then love makes it happen.

Love is the reason that defies all reason. Love unites even those who could never otherwise agree.

Give love not because it’s your obligation. Give love because you can.

Offer love not because you seek some treasure in return. Offer love, and you’ll find that it is the treasure.

When you’re not sure what to say, let love do the talking. If you can’t decide which way to go, decide to act from a perspective of love.

Love connects, empowers, illuminates and understands like nothing else can. Let love flow freely from every moment in your life.

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