Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-22-2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Today's Gift

When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make lemonade. —Dale Carnegie

Good fortune is built on misfortune. By losing a race we learn what mistakes to avoid next time we run. A burglar may make us install the lock that will keep out a murderer. Each time a toddler falls is a lesson in how to walk.

We can never assume that, because things are not going the way we want, they are not following a better plan. The Universe is a better manager than we can hope to be. If things aren't shaping up the way we like, let's wait with curiosity to see that better things are in store for us. Let's look for lights in the darkness and follow them to the bright day that always will follow. We will remember our lessons of misfortune with gratitude.

What can I learn from delay 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

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body. -- Margaret Fuller

No matter how full our social and professional lives are we all need a base, a place where we are at home. Whether it's a studio apartment furnished from secondhand stores and garage sales or a luxurious country retreat, one of our basic human urges is the need to make a home. And our spiritual fulfillment asks that our home nourish us.

Look around: in our choices for our home we reveal what nourishes and inspires us. Perhaps we opt for the comfortable and well-used: old books, chairs that speak more to the back and bottom than to the eye. Perhaps we are restless and change the way our homes look frequently. We all use our homes to express our desires.

Are we neglecting "food and fire for the mind"? Sometimes we misinterpret inertia as comfort. Are we giving our minds a wholesome environment?
Action for the Day: Fuel for my spirit is never wholly consumed. Today, I will look to my supply.


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

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One Day At A Time

Independence
And the facts seem to be these: The more we become willing to depend
upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are.
Therefore dependence, as A.A. practices it,
is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 36

Thought to Ponder . . .
If faith without works is dead;
then willingness without action is fantasy.

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


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Make good use
by Ralph Marston

Your muscles quickly weaken if they are not exercised. So do your hopes, your dreams, your values, intentions, possibilities.

You are blessed with knowledge, abilities, resources, connections, experience and unique purpose. Continue to put all that to good use, or the strength and resources you have will soon begin to wither.

Gratitude enables new abundance to stream into your life. The highest, most powerful form of gratitude is making good use of what you have.

Make good use, and your strengths grow stronger, your resources gain value. Make good use, and you can even transform shortcomings into advantages.

Value that is hoarded, hidden away, forgotten, loses its value. Value that is put to use, gives birth to new value.

Make good use of the good things in life. And you’ll make them even better.

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


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-21-2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Today's Gift

Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job. --Erwin T. Randall

What kind of friends do we have? Are they people who complain a lot? Are they people who laugh at us or put others down?

The kind of people we want to be will decide what kind of friends we have. If we want to feel sorry for ourselves, we will choose friends who will tell us how rotten their lives are. If we want to think we're better than others, we will hang around people who laugh at others' mistakes.

But if we want to be the best we can be, we will pick friends who see the good in life, people who will encourage us to be ourselves and who will help us try harder at things that are difficult for us.

How can I be a better friend 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

Relationship Martyrs

Many of us have gone so numb and discounted our feelings so completely that we have gotten out of touch with our needs in relationships.

We can learn to distinguish whose company we enjoy, whether we're talking about friends, business acquaintances, dates, or spouses. We all need to interact with people we might prefer to avoid, but we don't have to force ourselves through long term or intimate relationships with these people.

We are free to choose friends, dates, 
and spouses. We are free to choose how much time we spend with those people we can't always choose to be around, such as relatives. This is our life. This is it. We can decide how we want to spend our days and hours. We're not enslaved. We're not trapped. And not one of us is without options. We may not see our options clearly. Although we may have to struggle through shame and learn to own our power, we can learn to spend our valuable hours and days with the people we enjoy and choose to be with.

Today's Action: Higher Power, help me value my time and life. Help me place value on how I feel being around certain people. Guide me as I learn to develop healthy, intimate, sharing relationships with people. Help me give myself the freedom to experiment, explore, and learn who I am and who I can be in my relationships.




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One Day At A Time

Ready
If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length
to get it—then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked.
We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.
With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p 58

Thought to Ponder . . .
The elevator is broken -- use the Steps.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S T E P S = S
olutions Through Each Powerful Step

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


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Daily Motivation


Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Appreciate where you have been
by Ralph Marston

Learn what the trouble has to teach, and it is trouble no more. Grow to be the person who can deal with the problem, and it is no longer a problem.

By making a mistake you empower yourself to never make it again. As morning always follows night, the light of wisdom emerges as a matter of course from pain.

If you had never known darkness, you could not fully appreciate the wonder, the miracle, the power of light. From every experience you grow stronger.

Now, take that strength you’ve earned and point it toward what you love. Today, life is yours and possibilities abound, so make it all count.

Live joy so completely that it seems it will never end. Endure pain boldly, knowing you’ll soon be looking back on it from a stronger, higher perspective.

Whatever happened yesterday, today is your opportunity to do better, to live smarter, to exercise new power and create new value. Appreciate where you have been, and move solidly now in the direction you seek to go.


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






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-20-2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Today's Gift

The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room, not to try to do or be anything whatsoever. —May Sarton

A whole world can be seen through even the smallest window. Knowing this can help us slow down and enjoy everyday events. We can listen to the regular rhythms of letter carriers and school children, dogs and delivery trucks, city buses and song birds playing out a piece of their daily lives outside the window.

We can greet the letter carrier who comes up the walk, feed the robin who lands on the sill, wave to the kids who've found a shortcut through our backyards on their way home from school.

It is not necessary, today, for us to fill our lives with important meetings, gala parties, expensive treats, toys, or outings to be happy. There is a whole world to be discovered just outside the nearest window.

What worlds lie on the other side of my window 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

Order is heaven's first law.---Alexander Pope

We need order in our lives. It makes life simpler for us. Life without order would be like driving in a large city without traffic signals. Our lives as addicts were like this. We lived with no plan, no order.

Now that we're sober, we can put some order in our lives. We can get up every morning. We can make our beds and be on time for work. These things make life so much easier and nicer. we need this order. It allows us to depend on ourselves.

We now look at the Twelve Steps to bring order to our lives. The Steps follow each other as summer follows spring. Do I allow myself to follow the natural order or do I fight it?

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, You've put order in this world. Please put order in my life. Let me flow within this order instead of being on my own.

Action for the Day: The Twelve Steps have a natural order. Today I'll take time to read each Step and think about the order found in them.

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

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One Day At A Time

Inventory
We did exactly the same thing with our lives. We took stock honestly.
First, we searched out the flaws in our make-up which caused our failure.
Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways, was what had
defeated us, we considered its common manifestations.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64

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

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A R T = A
lways Remain Teachable


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Conduit for goodness
by Ralph Marston

Do something ordinary and remind yourself how extraordinary it is that you are alive and able to do it. Sweep out your garage, wind the clock, water the garden.

Take a quiet walk in the woods or any other place where you can observe life happening. Use the experience to reconnect with what is real, with what is true, with what matters.

Offer a few sincere words of encouragement to the next person you encounter. Fill your heart with simple kindness, and feel how good and right it is.

Imagine that joy is flowing out from you into all that surrounds you. Imagine that even though no one knows where the joy is coming from, they all feel its healing glow.

Open yourself to be a conduit for goodness. And notice how many more positive possibilities you encounter.

Life is worth all the thought, effort and caring you put into making it better. A brighter world is yours to create right now.

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


Monday, June 19, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-19-2017

Monday, June 19, 2017
Today's Gift

One receives only that which is given. The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words, return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. —Florence Scovel Shin

Each of us can attest to the truth of this passage. During the difficult times, however, it is not uppermost in our minds that "what goes around, comes around." It feels all too easy to be justifiably resentful or to gossip, or to ignore another's presence. And the repercussions are seldom immediate. They will come, though.

Goodness is likewise repaid. Giving love, attention, and respect to the individuals who share our lives and to the people who cross our paths by chance, will smooth our own passage day by day. The effects of our goodness will often be felt quickly. A smile elicits a smile. Kind thoughts bless us as well as the receiver. Life events do come full circle.

With a bit of effort, I can smile at someone today, even though I'm frowning inside. Both will be better for it.

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

. . . we could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. --Helen Keller

We chase after joy, like a child after a firefly, being certain that in joy all problems are solved, all questions are answered. Joy has its rewards, and we deserve them. But life has more to teach us.

We need to learn patience; through patience we come to respect time and its passage, and we are mellowed. We need to learn tolerance; through tolerance our appreciation of another's individuality is nurtured. We need to learn self-respect; self-respect prepares us to contribute more freely to our experiences, and we find wholeness.

Life's travails are our opportunities for lasting, enriching joy. The rough spots deepen our understandings. And these help us to bring joy to the lives of the friends near and dear.

Action for the Day: I need not turn my back on joy. But I will be glad for all life's experiences. The panorama will sustain me more fully.

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 Will
It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly.
To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation.
Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems
with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with our Higher Power's intention for us.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 40
Thought to Ponder . . .
Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = S
urrender, Willingness, Action, Trust

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Make a beautiful moment
by Ralph Marston

Allow, appreciate, accept all that is, as it is, and make a beautiful moment. Let beauty touch you, let joy flow generously from you, and be in this beautiful moment.

Expect the highest and best you can imagine, and work to make it so. But don’t let judgment cloud the value that is already yours to live.

Know that every moment is a beautiful moment. Open yourself, humble yourself, allow yourself to embrace the beauty in whatever form it takes.

What has come before is now a memory, and what will come next is not yet real. This is the time to live, to act, to be thankful, to enjoy, in this beautiful moment.

Let the wonder that’s found in every corner of life amaze you. Let the love, the possibilities, the unique substance in your own life inspire you.

Right here and now, with all that’s going on, make a beautiful moment in your life. Then move forward with the peace, the purpose, the joy and strength to make a whole lot more.


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



Friday, June 16, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-16-2017

Friday, June 16, 2017
Today's Gift

Being alive is being creative. You need do nothing but affirm your aliveness. —Gay Bonner

What does it mean to be alive? Does it mean merely breathing, eating, and moving around, or is there more to it? Being alive can mean different things to different people. To some, it's sewing a baby quilt for a new life about to be born. To others, it's singing, or walking, or running. Still others find it in the exhilaration of skiing, or the tropical splendor they find when scuba diving.

Each of us has our own favorite activity that lets us feel our creativity and vitality, that lets us feel a part of the larger world. Two gifts these activities leave us with are joy and energy. Joy is one of the most creative forces we can call on, and energy gives us the power to do it well.

What will my creative activity be 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

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?

What appeals to our emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical self? What actually feels good to us?

We have deprived ourselves to 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!

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

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

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

Thought to Ponder . . .
Spiritual progress isn't what gets us sober, it's what keeps us sober.

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

Envision a positive future
by Ralph Marston

Envision a bright, shining, positive future. Then let that bright future pull you toward it through your attitude and your efforts.

Your future is not an automatic extrapolation of the present. It is built from whatever you choose to create.

It’s easy to claim the world is in a mess and to give up on making things any better. Yet the future has not happened yet, and positive energy you exert in the present directly influences the way your future unfolds.

Envision a positive future, then live each present moment with that vision as your guide. Put the power of your intention to work by giving it a solid, desirable, consistent direction.

Setbacks, challenges, and disappointments are sure to come. Each time they do, recommit yourself to your positive vision, and emerge stronger than ever.

Envision a positive future. And enjoy living your life to make that future real.

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


Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-15-2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Today's Gift

For many years I was so flexible I didn't know who I was, and now that I'm discovering who I am, I think, "OK, I know where I stand on that issue. Now on to the next one." But I have to remind myself that all issues are interrelated--no one is separate. —Kathleen Casey Theisen

Today flows from yesterday, the day before, the day before that. Tomorrow repeats the pattern. What we are given on any one day will have its beginning in the past and its finale in the future. No incident is isolated entirely; no issue is self-contained.

Maturity is being able to let go of outgrown attitudes, stifling opinions, no matter how good and right they were at one time. Our egos often get too attached to some of our opinions, and new ideas can't filter in. Some will try to get our attention today. We are ready for new growth. The choice not to hamper it is ours to make.

The opinions we held certain yesterday may not be adequate to the problems of today. They need not be. They served us well. They are not for naught.

Today's issues need today's fresh responses. I will be unafraid. Today flows from yesterday, the day before, and the day before that. Tomorrow follows suit.

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

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. --Max Lerner

When we consider all of the troubles and crises in our lives and all of the scrapes we've gotten into, we might feel overwhelmed. With what we have gone through, it seems miraculous for many of us to be here today. When we stop feeling sorry for ourselves and when we stop complaining about the unfairness of it all, we may get a new insight: "I have survived!"

We see the strength and persistence, which brought us through the toughest times we have known. Even when some of us did not know it, we were being carried along by our Higher Power. We can draw strength from that knowledge. We can remind ourselves today that, knowing what we have lived through with the help of our Higher Power, we can deal with anything to come.

Action for the Day: I am grateful to my Higher Power for help in surviving the hard times in life.


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

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One Day At A Time

A Lifetime Process
We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people. . .
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 52

Thought to Ponder . . .
Recovery is not an event; it is a process.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
ltered Attitudes


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Proceed in peace
by Ralph Marston

Under all your feelings is the truth of peace. Allow each feeling to come, let each feeling go, and peace rises to the surface.

The problem is not the problem. The problem is when you wrap yourself around it so tightly.

Know and trust that you can be fully aware of and involved in the situation, without being consumed by it. Keep yourself connected to the peace that lives at the heart of who you are.

Get out into life and do great things every day. In all that doing, choose to ground your actions and reactions in peaceful presence.

Frustrations, complexity, confusion, conflicts, distractions show up at an infuriating pace. Feel their energy, then let the feelings go, and proceed in peace.

Proceed in peace, and stay true to your values, your purpose, to all you love. Proceed in peace, and enable yourself to continue making a powerful, positive difference.

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



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-14-2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Today's Gift

All of us have unique talents and gifts. No obstacle, be it physical, mental or emotional, has the power to destroy our innate creative energies. —Liane Cordes

Believing this fully is difficult at times; for some of us, most of the time. But it is true. What each of us can contribute to the world is unlike every other contribution. Each talent is slightly different from every other talent. And they are all needed. We are all needed.

Creativity - any kind - writing, photography, cooking, childcare, weaving, managing, woodworking - nourishes the self that feels isolated and worthless. And as the self is nourished, it grows; it recovers.

Growth includes sharing our gifts. It means reaching out to others and being there for one another. It means rejoining the human race by giving of ourselves. Our talents are the gifts the human race awaits, needs, in fact. Do we know our talents?

I will search out my secret dreams today. In them lie my talents. I will develop them. Help awaits me.

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


My lifetime listens to yours. --Muriel Rukeyser

Our experiences educate us to help show each other the way. Others' experiences, likewise, will help still others. We need to share our histories. And life offers us the way. There is no greater honor we can give one another than rapt attention. We each want to be heard, to be special, to be acknowledged. And recognition may will be the balm that will heal someone's hurt today.

A new day faces us, a day filled with opportunities to really listen to someone who needs to be heard. And the surprise is that we will hear a message just right for us, where we are now. A message that may well point us in a new, better direction. Guidance is always at hand, if only we listen for it. But when we are trapped in our own narrow world of problems and confusion, we scramble whatever messages are trying to reach us. And we miss the many opportunities to make another person feel special and necessary to our lives.

Today's Action: My growth is enhanced every time I give my attention fully to another person. And this process is multiplied over and over and over. I will be there for someone today.


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One Day At A Time

Four Horsemen
Some of us sought out sordid places, hoping to find understanding companionship
and approval. Momentarily we did—then would come oblivion and the awful awakening
to face the hideous Four Horsemen—Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 151

Thought to Ponder . . .
From darkness comes light.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I L = F
rom Adversity I Learn

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

The mirror
by Ralph Marston

The good you find in others, is in you too. The faults you find in others, are your faults as well. After all, to recognize something you must know it. The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well. The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.

The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are. To change your world, you must change yourself. To blame and complain will only make matters worse. Whatever you care about, is your responsibility.

What you see in others, shows you yourself. See the best in others, and you will be your best. Give to others, and you give to yourself. Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful. Admire creativity, and you will be creative. Love, and you will be loved. Seek to understand, and you will be understood. Listen, and your voice will be heard. Teach, and you will learn.

Show your best face to the mirror, and you’ll be happy with the face looking back at you. 

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