Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-7-2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Today's Gift

Only people who have joyfully accepted themselves can take all the risks and responsibilities of being themselves. —John Powell

If we have ever gone to school with a black eye, we know how embarrassing it can be. We feel self-conscious and ill at ease. Friends come up to us one after another to ask how we got it. We may want to stay away from people until the eye is better. All of us have things about ourselves we have a hard time accepting. It doesn't have to be as unusual as a black eye. We may think we're too big, too little, too slow, not good readers, not good looking enough, or not popular enough.

We may need to talk about these things with someone else, so these bits of ourselves we don't accept won't limit our freedom to grow. By talking to another, we may find those traits aren't noticed by anyone but ourselves. We may also find that what we once thought of as weak points can be turned to strengths.

What weakness can I turn to a strength today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

It is a long baptism into the seas of humankind, my daughter. Better immersion than to live untouched. --Tillie Olsen

We have each had days when we preferred hiding under the covers, avoiding life at all costs. And in times gone by, we did just that, sometimes too frequently. What we didn't always know, and what we still forget on occasion, is that we have a ready and willing partner who will join us in every pursuit.

The more fully we commit ourselves to one another and to all our experience, the closer we will come to the very serenity we long for. Serenity accompanies our increasing understanding of life's many mysteries. It's easy to cheat ourselves out of the prizes any day offers us. Fear fosters inertia, leaving us separate, alone, even more afraid. But we have an appointment with life. And our appointment will bring us to the place of full understanding, the place where we'll be certain, forever after, that all is well. And that life is good.

Action for the Day: Today's appointments are part of the bigger plan for my life. I will face them, enjoy them, and reap their rewards.

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



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One Day At A Time

Freedom of Truth
Today, I am counting my blessings instead of my troubles.
When I walked into the friendly atmosphere of my first AA meeting,
I knew I was where I belonged.
Here were the people who had thought and felt as I had.
Here was the understanding I’d been searching for all my life.
These people were my friends, and I felt their sincere interest in me.
With these new and enlightening doors opening up to me,
I was able to make the eventual decision to stop drinking, a day at a time—
because I, too, was an alcoholic.
And with this came the only real freedom, the freedom of truth.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p, 315

Thought to Ponder . . .
Truth is to inner space what sunshine is to a garden.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = F
acing An Inner Truth Heals

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Unknown territory
by Ralph Marston

To live your possibilities, you must step away from your certainties. The past is safe, secure, certain -- and impossible to change. The future is filled with uncertainty, and in that uncertainty are limitless possibilities. The future is unknown, and because of that it harbors every opportunity imaginable.

So you can stay safe and secure in what you already know for sure, but you won’t find any opportunities there. Or you can move confidently into the unknown territory that is the future, where you will find a world of possibilities.

Though the possibilities come packaged inseparably with uncertainty, you have the ability to transform the best of those possibilities into certain reality. Yet in order to do so, you must be willing to venture into unknown territory.

The walls you build to keep you secure from uncertainty also hold you prisoner. Beyond those walls exist your grandest possibilities. Have the confidence to explore those possibilities. Detach yourself from the need for certainty and security. The future is indeed unknown, and ready to be shaped by your imagination.

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


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-6-2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Today's Gift

Each day provides its own gifts. —Ruth P. Freedman

We are guaranteed experiences that are absolutely right for us today. We are progressing on schedule. Even when our personal hopes are unmet, we are given the necessary opportunities for achieving those goals that complement our unique destinies.

Today is full of special surprises, and we will be the recipient of the ones which are sent to help us grow - in all the ways necessary for our continued journey. We might not consider every experience a gift at this time. But hindsight will offer the clarity lacking at the moment, just as it has done in many instances that have gone before.

We are only offered part of our personal drama each day. But we can trust our lives to have many scenes, many acts, points of climax, and a conclusion. Each of us tells a story with our lives, one different from all other stories and yet necessary to the telling of many other stories too. The days ahead will help us tell our story. Our interactions with others will influence our outcomes and theirs. We can trust the drama and give fully to our roles.

Every day is a gift exchange. I give, and I will receive.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The strongest of all warriors are these two--Time and Patience. -Leo Tolstay

One of the first things we learn about in recovery is time. Before, we may have tried to control time by Pushing it along. We tried to hurry everything and everybody. We wanted our "quick fix." But the program tells us to slow down. Easy Does It.

We probably couldn't picture ourselves staying sober for the rest of our life. So we were told to just work at staying sober today. We learned to work our program One Day at a Time. We were thought that time can be our friend. Times is our Higher Power's way of not having everything happen at once.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, you are my teacher. You are in charge of the lesson. Help me accept this. Teach me how to use my time wisely.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list five ways I use my time in ways that aren't helpful to me. I'll work at making time my friend.

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

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One Day At A Time

Reaching Out
I must examine myself whenever I meet a newcomer to make sure
that I am carrying the message with simplicity, humility and generosity.
The one who still suffers from the terrible disease of alcoholism and addiction 
must find in me a friend who will allow him to get to know the AA way, 
because I had such a friend when I arrived in AA. 
Today it is my turn to hold out my hand, with love.
- Daily Reflections, p, 357

Thought to Ponder . . .
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
C A R E = C
omforting And Reassuring Each other

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

What you really want
by Ralph Marston

What is it you really want? Do you want to sit around doing nothing, or do you want to make a difference?

Do you want to be trapped by the empty comfort and convenience of self-indulgence? Or do you want to have something to show for your life?

Do you want to sit on a lofty, lonely perch, looking down on others with disdain? Or do you want the profound satisfaction of joining in to make life better for all the people around you?

Do you want everything done for you, without having to learn, think, decide or commit? Or would you prefer to grow in wisdom, confidence, skill and competence by taking full responsibility for life?

Your life is filled with so much promise and possibility. You can transform it all into deep regret, or into beautiful, meaningful achievement.

Each moment when choosing how to proceed, remember this. Your life is what you make it, so make it into what you really want.

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


Monday, December 5, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-5-2016

Monday, December 5, 2016
Today's Gift

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently. --Lewis Carroll

In different times and places, clouds can produce snowflakes, raindrops, or even hailstones. Each one seems to have its own purpose and mood as it falls from the sky. The snowflake is the lightest of these, and so it falls slowly and softly. Rainfall can be soft or hard. It sometimes feels angry, almost cleansing.

No matter how thick the snowfall is, it is still soft. We can rarely hear it land. It covers the world in a peaceful white. If we look closely, we can see that each small snowflake is unique.

Like the snowflakes, each of us has a unique design. Perhaps what we can learn from the snowflakes is how to gently touch the lives and growing things around us. Times of anger and rain are necessary, but a soft snowfall brings peace to all humanity.

How can I show my gentle side today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

I want to feel myself part of things, of the great drift and swirl; not cut off, missing things, like being sent to bed early as a child. --Joanna Field

Feeling apart from the action and always looking on; wanting attention, and yet afraid of being noticed; no doubt these are familiar memories to most of us. We may still struggle with our self-perception, but we can celebrate that we no longer drown our moods. Connecting with the people next to us, though difficult, is no longer impossible when we rely on the program.

There is a way to be a part of the action, a way that never fails. It takes only a small effort, really. We can simply look, with love, at someone nearby today and extend our hearts in honest attention. When we make someone else feel special, we'll become special too.

Recovery can help each of us move beyond the boundaries of our own ego. Trusting that our lives are in the loving care of our Higher Power, however we understand Them, relieves us of the need for self-centeredness. We can let go of ourselves now that our Higher Power is in charge, and we'll discover that we have joined the action.

Action for the Day: I will open my heart, and I'll be joined to all that's around me.

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


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One Day At A Time

Instincts
We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives.
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse;
we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.
But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p, 114

Thought to Ponder . . .
Get it - Give it - Grow in it.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G R O W T H = G
oodness Reveals Other Ways To Heal.

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

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Daily Motivation


Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Air of possibility
by Ralph Marston

Let each failure lead you toward success. Let each weakness propel you into strength.

From every disappointment, gather more determination. Seize the opportunity when things go wrong to learn how you can do it right.

Find new wisdom, understanding, and value in those who disagree with you. Discover what’s truly meaningful to you each time you feel frustration.

Take what others would discard and turn it into gold. Step out into a gray, dreary day and make it the brightest, most successful one yet.

Remind yourself over and over again that what matters is never what you’ve been dealt. You can handle any turn of events when you’re willing to give your best.

Whatever comes your way today is loaded with good fortune. Breathe in the sweet, fresh air of possibility, and do the work to make that fortune yours.

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


Friday, December 2, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-2-2016

Friday, December 2, 2016
Today's Gift

The old person I shall become will be quite different from the person I am now. Another I is beginning . . . --George Sand

Change is constant. And we are always becoming. Each chance, each feeling, each responsibility we commit ourselves to adds to the richness of our personhood. We are not yesterday's person, today. Our new awarenesses have brought us beyond that person. And we can't go back without knowing, somehow, that they no longer meets the needs of today.

We can look forward to our changes, to the older person we are becoming. They will have the wisdom that we still lack. They will have learned to live and let live. They will have acquired, through years of experiences, a perspective that lends sanity to all situations.

The lessons we are learning today, the pain that overwhelms us now and again, are nurturing the developing person within each of us. If only we could accept the lessons and master them. If only we could trust the gift of change that accompanies the pain.

I am becoming. And with the becoming, comes peace. I can sense it today. I know where I was yesterday.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©


From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

When one is a stranger to oneself, then one is estranged from others, too. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

There's a person inside each of us just itching to be known and loved. But if we don't get to know and love that person, how can we expect anyone else to know us?

That's why it's so important to spend time alone getting acquainted with ourselves. And how do we do that? We can sit quietly with ourselves, thinking and listening. Then we can write our thoughts in a journal, or we can draw or paint them. If we play a musical instrument, we can put our thoughts and feelings into music.

When we make the time and effort to know ourselves, it encourages others to want to know us, too. Since everything we do and feel begins inside us, we must feel good about ourselves in order to feel good about anything else. What wonders we are, that we have all the power we need to make our world a happy one!

Action for the Day: Today I will take time to reflect on how do I feel about myself.

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

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One Day At A Time

The Twelve Steps
I often say and shall always say that the Twelve Steps are one of the very great summaries
and organic collections of spiritual truth known to history.
They have an almost universal relevance (not a relevance for alcoholics alone).
They will offer a way out for many a person who knows nothing personally of alcoholism.
They will point up the way for those who have known it and lost it.
Thank God for the Twelve Steps and for a person wise enough
and open enough to their Higher Power and to the observation of human experience
to receive these truths, and transmit them to the world!
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], pp. 133-134

Thought to Ponder . . .
The Twelve Steps — a manuscript for rational living.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S T E P S = Solutions 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

Successfully being you
by Ralph Marston

Remind yourself how strong you have been. Consider how strong you can be.

The challenges that face you are real, and not to be taken lightly. Yet you have already worked your way through countless challenges, and you have what it takes to keep moving forward.

Let yourself feel sincere, all-encompassing gratitude for where you are and for what you have. Make the commitment to make positive, purposeful use of the goodness with which you are blessed.

There is much to be done and there is even more that you’re capable of doing. In every moment is the opportunity to create new, fulfilling value.

Look forward, and envision the best possibilities. Step confidently ahead, and feel how good and right it feels to make them come to life.

You are, right now, the most experienced and effective you’ve ever been at successfully being you. Use this day to raise your success to ever higher, more fulfilling levels.

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



Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-1-2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Today's Gift

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. —Albert Camus

Sometimes we suddenly see or sense opposite emotions within ourselves. The cold of winter presses in on us, and we may feel tested by its bite. Yet, when we think we cannot bear it a moment longer, we find a counterforce within, an inner reassurance that comes like a summer breeze and says we can do what we must. Perhaps it comes in a time of dark despair, and we realize that at least we've made it this far. We are pretty tough. In our deepest sadness, we may find a more meaningful contact with our Higher Power.

The opposites in our lives may tempt us to fight them. One side may be very clear and obvious while the other side is hidden. When we are open, these extremes are spiritual teachers for us. As we think about life and our feelings today, what opposites do we find?

Today, I will remember that I have an invincible summer at the deepest part of winter in my life.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places

Understanding life

Why do bad things happen?
No one has been able to explain why pain and misfortune must be part of the human condition. Bad things can and do happen to everybody, and sometimes there's no way to explain it.

Even in sobriety, AA members have misfortunes---times when it appears that their Higher Power is hiding. We even hear members share such experiences at meetings.

Many of us have found ways to use misfortunes constructively, however, by seeing how the program helps us deal with it. In some cases---but not all---we even learn that a misfortune was a disguised blessing.

Most important, by using the program, we are eliminating the drinking that has been the cause of many misfortunes in our lives. That alone makes our immediate world a much better place for everyone.

Action for the Day: I must remember that my life today can be both easy and hard. It gives me great comfort to know that I am not making conditions worse for myself and others.

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

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One Day At A Time

Fellowship
Life will take on new meaning.
To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish,
to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends,
— this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89


Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = T
ears, Laughter, Caring

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Simply do it
by Ralph Marston

Think of how much more you could get done if you would simply do it. Decide right now to empower yourself by allowing yourself, each time you can make the effort, to simply do it.

Yes you have doubts, but you also have the power to let go of those doubts. Simply do it.

Though the effort will be complicated and inconvenient, the reward will be worth the trouble. Go ahead and simply do it.

Though you may not get it perfect, you can get it done. Make the commitment to do your best, and simply do it.

Don’t sit idly by and let today’s opportunities become tomorrow’s regrets. Now, while you still can, transform those opportunities into achievements.

Life is ready for you to take action, to create value, to add new richness and experience. You know you can do all that and more, so go ahead and simply do it.

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


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-30-2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Today's Gift

If the best person's faults were written on their forehead, it would make them pull their hat over their eyes. --Gaelic proverb

When we deal with our faults and imperfections, we are dealing with the basic issues of being a person. We can become bitter and cynical about the imperfections of others, or we can realize every person is incomplete but growing, just as we are. The way we look at the faults in others and the way we look at our own are closely tied together. In our spiritual journey, we must begin with the premise that no person ever achieves perfection.

Perfection apparently is not what this life is about at all, since perfection is nonexistent. We are lovable, and we can love in the process of living our lives. Since we are not perfect, we have to be accountable. We must have standards for our behavior and hold ourselves to those standards, admitting our mistakes and making repairs where we can.

I will try to acknowledge my mistakes and give up the idea of ever becoming perfect.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

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 person cannot be comfortable without their own approval. —Mark Twain

It is hard for many of us to learn to admit the wrongs we do. We have followed lifestyles that led us away from recognizing our true feelings. Remnants of this blindness continue into our recovery. In this quiet time we can deepen and nourish a relationship with ourselves. Facing our disapproval and admitting it lead us to comfort and self-respect. Right now we can ask ourselves, "What messages do 1 receive from myself? What is my Higher Power telling me? Do I sense some gut feeling? Am I true to my relationships with loved ones? Have I been open to the feelings of my spouse. Of my friends? Of my boss? Do I owe anyone an apology which I can promptly make?"

Some of us indulge in worry, fear, and anger beyond a useful or meaningful point. What can we do about these excesses of feeling? First, we admit them to ourselves and to others. Then, we trust our Higher Power for the outcome, and they will fall away.

Action for the Day: Today, I will nourish a relationship with myself by facing my own disapproval and growing toward greater comfort.

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


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One Day At A Time

Ask for Help
Finally beaten, I asked for my Higher Power’s help. Their presence told me to believe.
My paranoia has since been lifted.
I am no longer afraid. I know my life is healthy and sane.
- Daily Reflections, p. 46

Thought to Ponder . . .
Simply asking for help seems to be a help in itself.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P = H
is Ever-Loving Presence

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Keep up the good work
by Ralph Marston

Each kindness you offer makes the world a better place. Every word of encouragement lifts life a little higher.

All the times you choose to do what’s right, and good, and valuable, you create new goodness. By speaking the truth, and living authentically, you make truth itself more powerful and present.

You’re making a difference, making life positive and meaningful. Today is another opportunity to keep up the good work.

Your efforts create value, and that value grows. Your love and generosity inspire new richness, and that richness expands.

You know how good it feels when you leave people, places, situations better off than when you found them. It feels so good because it is so good, and you’ll have many more chances to do it again.

You are at your best when you’re enabling love, hope, goodness and joy. And every day is a day to be your best.

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


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-29-2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Today's Gift

As with expeditions into the wilds when we have endured storms and rapids, cold and sleet, and sometimes lack of food, it is ultimately the good things we remember, not the bad. —Sigurd F. Olson

In our daily lives we often take a very short perspective. We see what is worrisome today, what is pressing hardest, or what is most frightening or confusing. Eventually, we may look back and have a totally different idea about what was truly important on this day.

Let us take a moment now to remember what does endure, what we value most, what counts in the long run. For a brief quiet time we can let go of all the anxieties of this moment. During these few quiet moments, we will identify our tensions and then place them totally into the hands of our Higher Power. This is our time to let go of our worries and be refreshed. It will provide a background of serenity for our day.

Today, help me remember this corner of serenity as I meet the tasks and activities on my path.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

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

Are you meeting roadblocks?

A disorder means out of order, not the way things should be. Are we convinced that addictive behavior is counter to the way we are intended to function? Or do we harbor, somewhere in the back of our minds, the idea that we'll never change our habits?

Fear of change, unwillingness to change, and lack of confidence in our ability to change are all roadblocks to recovery. Believing in our capabilities is the first step toward clearing those roadblocks and realizing our potential in recovery.

Somewhere along the line we developed an addiction, but we don't have to be under its power forever. We can think about what a Higher Power would want for us, and we can decide to move toward that positive goal.

The roadblocks of fear, unwillingness, and lack of confidence will give way as we immerse ourselves in the Twelve Step program. We need help, and we have help. We give help, and we receive it. Changing to constructive habits may be slow sometimes, but it's always possible.

Action for the Day: If I'm faced with a roadblock today, I will call on my spiritual resources.

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

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One Day At A Time

Love
To my mind, love is giving, not necessarily in material things,
but in kindness, in ignoring faults, in thinking primarily in terms
of the welfare and happiness of the beloved. The more you give, the more you love.
Maybe that’s why parents seem to love their children more than their children love their parents.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], pp. 196-197

Thought to Ponder . . .
Love is a gift that must keep on giving to be kept.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = N
o Other Way


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Reflecting back
by Ralph Marston

This day will reflect back to you the thoughts and feelings you have about how it is going. The world will reflect back to you the expectations you have of how it will be.

The people you encounter will reflect your attitude back to you. The situations you come across will reflect your own perspective back to you.

The shortcomings you notice in others are reflecting similar things within yourself. The beauty you see around you is a reflection of the beauty that is a part of you.

The problems you encounter out there can be most effectively addressed by first considering what they reflect within you. The opportunities out there can best be grasped by first connecting with the part of you that they reflect.

Be your best, and life will be too. Live with integrity, a generous spirit, a positive enthusiasm, and the world will reflect it all back to you.

What you experience is a reflection of who you are. Nurture the value and goodness inside you, and the reflection will be magnificent indeed.

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