Friday, December 14, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-14-2018

Monday, December 14, 2018
Today's Gift

Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbons. —Ann Ruth Schabacker

Today will be filled with surprises, big ones and small ones, like the gifts at a birthday party. Maybe we'll see a friend we haven't seen for a while. Or we'll find something we thought was lost. Whatever happens today will be special, and is meant to help us grow in just the right way.

Growing up doesn't always feel easy. We're expected to be more responsible and thoughtful of others. We're expected to be honest about our feelings and needs. If we're angry or scared, we need to tell someone. Sharing our secret about being afraid relieves us of the fear, and we feel lighter, happier, like after opening a special gift.

When I receive today's gifts, I will stop to appreciate them.


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


A theme may seem to have been put aside, but it keeps returning--the same thing modulated, somewhat changed in form. --Muriel Rukeyser

No struggle we have is really new. It's another shade of the struggle that plagued us last week or perhaps last year. And we'll stumble again and again until we learn to quit struggling. The trying situations at work, or the personality type that irritates us, will always exist. But when we've come to accept as good and growth-enhancing all situations and all persons, we'll sense the subtle absence of struggle. We'll realize that the person we couldn't tolerate has become a friend. The situation we couldn't handle is resolved, forever.

The lessons we need to learn keep presenting themselves, until we've finished the homework. If we sense a struggle today, we can look at it as an assignment, one that is meant for our growth. We can remember that our struggles represent our opportunities to grow. Fortunately, the program has given us a tutor. We have a willing teacher to help us. We need to move on, to be open to other assignments. No problem will be too much for us to handle.

Action for the Day: I will enjoy my role as student today. I will be grateful for all opportunities to grow. They make possible my very special contribution in this life.


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

Attitudes and Actions
Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few
people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom.
For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions
that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step One," p. 24

Thought to Ponder

Sobriety without action is fantasy.

AA-related 'Alconym'
C H A O S = C
an't Handle Another Overwhelming Situation


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Progress now
by Ralph Marston

Your problems can be solved, but they cannot be solved in a few minutes. Take the time, do the work, make some progress here, some more progress there, as you can.

Your highest goals can be reached, but not in a magical, effortless instant. Be eager to give your achievements the value of your time, work, discipline, and persistence.

This is a perfectly good moment to create value, no matter if the economy is booming or busted. This is a day you can use to your advantage, regardless of the disadvantages you are saddled with.

Don’t endlessly analyze what might or might not happen. Just do your best with what you know, with what you have, right now.

There are a whole lot of factors you cannot control. Put all those things out of your mind, free yourself to focus on what you can indeed do, and do it well.

Step beyond worry, resentment, blame, anger, and envy. There is real progress you can generate right now, so take the opportunity and make it happen.

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


Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-13-2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Today's Gift

To heal ourselves is a reclamation of the power we all have as living beings to live in harmony with the life energy and to fulfill our potential as creatures among many on this planet. —Chellis Glendinning

We live in a world that tells us healing only comes from outside ourselves. To some, it may seem odd to think each of us has the ability to heal ourselves.

How is this possible? Easy - we can do it if we believe we can. Whatever we believe we cannot do will remain beyond our ability. But believing we can heal ourselves gives us access to many healing ways. Self-acceptance is healing. Singing, playing, walking by a river are healing. Even helping others with their problems can be healing to us. There are as many ways of self-healing as there are people in the world. Once we experience what is healing for us, we can go on to discover many more healing acts to share with others.

What healing things do I like to do?

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

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. --Maya Angelou

Some days we grasp at self-pity like a blanket on a cold night, and we are momentarily comforted. However, extended periods of self-pity will undermine our primary purpose, which is to be at peace with ourselves and others so that we may know freedom from our addictions. Thus our self-pity prevents us from carrying a message of hope to fellow sufferers, that they too can find release from their suffering through the Twelve Steps.

Staying clean and sober are gifts available to all of us when we cultivate gratitude. We can be grateful for this program that has brought manageability and serenity to our life, and that leaves us little room for self-pity, anger, or impatience. Our mind will be willing and open to receive our Higher Power's guidance and support when we let go of our self-pity.


Action for the Day: Today I will stay free of self-pity so I can receive my Higher Power's strength.

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


Our Review
When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we
resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? . . . .
What could we have done better? . . .
After making our review we ask our Higher Power’s forgiveness and inquire what
corrective measures should be taken.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, "Into Action," p. 86

Thought to Ponder
I want the gift of an untroubled mind.

AA-related 'Alconym'
T G I F = T
hank Goodness I'm Forgiven

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

Take care of you
by Ralph Marston

First, take good care of yourself. When you do, there is no limit to the value you can create for all the other people in your life and your world.

Begin each day by being good to yourself. When you are the best you can be, that’s when you have the most to give.

Find the real joy that lives in each moment, and allow yourself to be filled with it. Your joyful approach to life can make a world of positive difference for everyone around you.

Find and fulfill those things that bring you enjoyment and real satisfaction. It is in those things that you can bring great value to the world.

There’s a reason why it feels so good to feel good. It encourages you to do what you do best.

Be good to you, and you’ll become a more interesting, creative and productive person. Be good to you, and you’ll have what it takes to truly make a difference in the lives of others.

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-12-2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Today's Gift

I like a person with faults, especially when they know it. To err is human - I'm uncomfortable around gods. —Hugh Prather

We are more comfortable around a person who has faults and knows it. We respect such a person. So why do we have such a hard time admitting our own faults? This matter of honesty comes very gradually and only with hard work. We may have to force ourselves to admit a fault because we expect to feel unworthy. In fact, what we do feel after admitting a fault is peacefulness and self-respect. We may expect to be rejected and judged by friends, but usually friendships grow more solid when we admit our faults. A true friend does not need to trust that we will always be right, only that we will be honest.

At this moment are we being nagged by some fault? Is there something about the way we have talked to someone that doesn't seem right? Have we been unfair or dishonest? Life is about progress, not perfection. So, to make progress we admit our imperfections, and as we do, we become more fully human.

Universe, in this moment when I feel my human mistakes, help me to be open to your loving energy.

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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Keep It Simple


If I am to be remembered, I hope it is for the honesty I try to demonstrate, the patience I try to live by, and the compassion I feel for others. --JoAnn Reed

Each of us hopes we are leaving a lasting, positive impression on those we befriend and maybe even those we encounter by chance. Having others speak well of us provides the strokes that are often necessary to our "keeping on" when difficulties surface. What we sometimes forget is that we are responsible for whatever lasting impression we leave.

Our behavior does influence what another person carries away from our mutual experience.
We may have left unfavorable impressions during our using days. On occasion, we do yet. However, it's progress, not perfection, we're after. And each day we begin anew, with a clear slate and fresh opportunities to spread good cheer, to treat others with love and respect, to face head-on and with full honesty all situations drawing our attention and participation.

Action for the Day: As I look forward to the hours ahead, I will remember that I control my actions toward others. If I want to be remembered fondly, I must treat each person so.

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

Good Reasons
In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient.
Many of us thought it necessary to go much further. We will be more reconciled to
discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so.
The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking. 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, "Into Action," p. 72

Thought to Ponder
I cannot mend if I bend the truth.

AA-related 'Alconym'
H O W N O W = Honest, Open-minded, Willing; No Other Way

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Proactive kindness
by Ralph Marston

It’s in your best interest to be considerate of the best interests of others. It’s in your best interest to live in a world where there’s more understanding and less divisiveness.

You can’t force others to be kinder, more tolerant, more cooperative. Yet you can set a powerful positive example with your own behavior.

Don’t wait to receive kindness before offering kindness to others. You can be more proactive than that.

You can be the first person in the situation to act with genuine kindness. You can be the first person to listen, to seek to understand, to offer your assistance.

Your kindness will not always be returned. It will, however, always make a difference and set a positive example.

The highly beneficial conditions of friendship, understanding, unity, and peace have to start somewhere. Do your best to let them start with you.

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


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-11-2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Today's Gift

Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily. ― Tia Walker

One of our choices in life is choosing what we want to think - using our mental energy positively.

Positive mental energy, positive thinking, does not mean we think unrealistically or revert to denial. If we don't like something, we respect our own opinion. If we spot a problem, we're honest about it. if something isn't working out, we accept reality. But we don't dwell on the negative parts of our experience.

Whatever we give energy to, we empower.

There is magic in empowering the good, because whatever we empower grows bigger. One way to empower the good is through affirmations: simple positive statements we make to ourselves: I love myself... I'm good enough... My life is good...I'm glad I'm alive today... What I want and need is coming to me... I can...

Our choice in life is not whether to use affirmations. We've been affirming thoughts and beliefs since we were old enough to speak. The choice in life is what we want to affirm.

Today, I will empower the good in myself, others, and life. I'm willing to release, or let go of, negative thought patterns and replace them with positive ones. I will choose what I want to affirm, and I will make it good.

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

If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor. --Nicholas De Chamfort

We sometimes find it difficult to accept a compliment. We may feel we don't deserve such attention, and point out reasons why the compliment is untrue. When we act this way, we show a lack of love for ourselves.

God teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Yet, before we can love anyone, we must believe we are worthy of the same love. No creature is undeserving of love, our Higher Power reminds us of that. We can stop hiding behind feelings of unworthiness. There's nothing stopping us but ourselves. Sometimes it takes courage to say thank you when we get a compliment. Let's exercise that courage, and each time we do, we'll find our self-love growing.

Action for the Day: When I thank people today, I will have the courage to smile too. 

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

New Attitudes
If we really depended upon our Higher Power, we couldn't very well play Them to our fellows
nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care.
These were the new attitudes that finally brought many of us an inner strength
and peace that could not be deeply shaken by the shortcomings of others
or by any calamity not of our own making.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, "Step Twelve," p. 116

Thought to Ponder
I never imagined that the greatest achievement of my life would be peace of mind.

AA-related 'Alconym'
F R O G = F
ully Rely On Goodness

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

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Daily Motivation


Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Think a positive thought
by Ralph Marston

Think a positive thought, and you’ll take a positive action. Take a positive action, and you’ll get a valuable result

Thoughts can often seem easy, light, and inconsequential. After all, on its own a mere thought doesn’t have the power to do anything.

However, you most certainly have the power to do many things. And your thoughts are what determine and direct the actions you take.

If you continually focus your thoughts on the things you don’t want, those things will surely find their way into your life. By the same measure, focusing your thoughts on your most positive possibilities enables you to make those possibilities real.

When life brings you disappointment after disappointment, it’s easy to make all your thoughts negative ones. Yet it is just as easy, and far more empowering, to respond with positive thinking.

If you had the power to change your life for the better, would you use that power? You do indeed have that power, and it is in the thoughts you choose to think.

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-10-2018

Monday, December 3, 2018
Today's Gift

You were born to be real not to be perfect. --Anonymous

Self -Empowerment

You can think. You can make good decisions. You can make choices that are right for you.

Yes, we all make mistakes from time to time. But we are not mistakes.

We can make a new decision that takes new information into account.

We can change our mind from time to time. That's our right too.

We don't have to be intellectuals to make good choices. In recovery, we have a gift and a goal available to each of us. The gift is called wisdom.

Other people can think too. And that means we no longer have to feel responsible for other people's decisions.

That also means we are responsible for our choices.

We can reach out to others for feedback. We can ask for information. We can take opinions into account. But it is our task to make our own decisions. It is our pleasure and right to have our own opinions.

We are each free to embrace and enjoy the treasure of our own mind, intellect, and wisdom.

Today, I will treasure the gift of my mind. I will do my own thinking, make my own choices, and value my opinions. I will be open to what others think, but I will take responsibility for myself. I will ask for and trust that the Divine Wisdom is guiding me.



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


I was so mixed up I tried to be perfect at avoiding perfectionism! - Kathryn G.

Oh, the struggle with perfectionism! Of all the clubs we can use to beat ourselves with, that one may be the worst. With all the "musts," "must nots," "shoulds," and "should nots" we demand of ourselves it's a wonder we can get through some days at all.

One person said they called one of they cats by the other cat's name and as a result spent the next two hours depressed. Most of us don't go that far with perfectionism, but we still make unreasonable demands of ourselves.

The "one year" test is a good one for perfectionism: "If I (fill in the blank), what difference will it make in a year?" Some things will be important in a year. Making meetings, contacting our sponsor, communing with our Higher Power, and being honest with ourselves and others are all important. And we should be concerned when we fail. But more often we punish ourselves for the little failures - forgetting someone's name or saying the "wrong thing." These are the "crimes" we remember the most. But now we can learn to forgive ourselves and concentrate on what's really important: our new lives in recovery.

Action for the Day: Today, help me remember what's important. Help me forgive myself for minor mistakes.


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

New Power
More and more we became interested in seeing what we could
contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed
peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully,
as we became conscious of our Higher Power's presence, we began to lose our
fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, "How It Works," p. 63

Thought to Ponder
The power within me is far greater than any fear before me.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A A = A
mazing Adventure

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Amazing things
by Ralph Marston

You can do amazing things when you put your mind to it. You can do amazing things when you put some time and effort into it.

You can do amazing things when you allow yourself to express your authentic purpose. Today is your opportunity to do amazing things.

Stop assuming you can’t do it. Get busy proving you can.

Yes, circumstances are limiting and there’s only a certain amount of time. And yes, you can get it done anyway.

Get focused, get started and keep going. Experience the thrill and satisfaction as you rack up new achievements.

Enjoy using your time for more than just getting by. You can do amazing things, so get on it right now.


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

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-7-2018

Friday, December 7, 2018
Today's Gift

Everything we do in life is creating everything that’s coming. Our thoughts and our words become things manifest in our lives. Each time the Universe sent me to the right place at the right time. ― Kate McGahan

There are times when we simply do not know what to do, or where to go, next. Sometimes these periods are brief, sometimes lingering.

We can get through these times. We can cope by using our faith, other people, and our resources.

Accept uncertainty. We do not always have to know what to do or where to go next. We do not always have clear direction. Refusing to accept the inaction and limbo makes things worse.

It is okay to temporarily be without direction. Say, "I don't know," and be comfortable with that. We do not have to try to force wisdom, knowledge, or clarity when there is none.

While waiting for direction, we do not have to put our life on hold. Let go of anxiety and enjoy life. Relax. Do something fun. Enjoy the love and beauty in your life. Accomplish small tasks. They may have nothing to do with solving the problem, or finding direction, but this is what we can do in the interim.

Clarity will come. The next step will present itself. Indecision, inactivity, and lack of direction will not last forever.

Today, I will accept my circumstances even if I lack direction and insight. I will remember to do things that make myself and others feel good during those times. I will trust that clarity will come of its own accord.

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


I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring. --Dodie Smith

Repeatedly, today and every day, we will be in new situations, new settings with old friends, and old settings and situations with new friends. Each instance is fresh, unlike all the times before. And inspiration can accompany each moment, if we but recognize how special it is.
"We will not pass this way again," so the song says, which heightens the meaning of each encounter, every experience. Acknowledging that something can be gained each step along the way invites inspiration.

Inspiration moves us to new heights. We will be called to step beyond our present boundaries. Maybe today. Whenever the inspiration catches our attention, we can trust its invitation; we are ready for the challenge it offers. We need not let our narrow, personal expectations of an experience, a new situation perhaps, prevent us from being open to all the dynamic possibilities it offers.

Action for the Day: I must be willing to let my whole self be moved, inspired. I must be willing to let each moment I experience be the only moment getting my attention.

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

Work
For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge their spiritual life through work and
self-sacrifice for others, they could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.
If they did not work, they would surely drink again, and if they drank, they would surely die.
Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, "Bill's Story," pp. 14 - 15

Thought to Ponder
While it isn't always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.

AA-related 'Alconym'
S O B E R = S
piritually On Beam; Everything's Right

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Time of opportunity

This is a time of opportunity. This is a time when you can stand up, speak up, and make a difference.

This is a day when you can put your love into action. This is a situation in which you can create new value.

Whatever your age, your background, your level of experience, you have something special to offer. This is a fleeting moment that you can transform into lasting value by virtue of your effort.

Right now, you are the beneficiary of centuries of progress, knowledge, and achievement. The best thing you can do with it all is to add your own flavor to the legacy.

Step back from the noise and commotion of the moment, and look at the big picture. See the immense field of positive possibilities stretching out in all directions.

Opportunity is now, and you are here to seize it, to work it, to fulfill it. Experience today how great it feels to add your own contribution to the long history of achievement.

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