Friday, June 22, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-22-2018

Friday, June 22, 2018
Today's Gift

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn

You are the artist in your life

You create the images and colors on the canvas called your life. Are you creating the picture you want? Does your canvas convey a life of fulfillment and growth? Or does your canvas convey chaos and despair?

You are the artist; the Universe is your co-creator. Together all things are possible. But when we mistakenly believe that other people control our destiny, we end up feeling bitter and hopeless. In truth, we're in partnership with a Higher Power, or whatever you choose to call it. We make the initial decisions; the Universe carries out our plans. The Universe could not render our lives what they are without our assistance. We are the artists, and ultimately we call the shots.

I invite you to consider a different perspective. This may not be easy to swallow if you are a struggling single parent, someone who has just lost a job, or someone facing other tough circumstances. You're invited to first see whether you played a part in where you are. And the best news you can give yourself is to say yes, because if you played even a small part, there is something you can do to change that canvas of your life. But if you played no part whatsoever, then you may be waiting forever for someone to change the course of your life. And that could be a very long wait.

You're invited to be your artist. And you have at your fingertips all the necessary tools to turn your canvas into a masterpiece.


From the book 52 Weeks of Esteemable Acts ©



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-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment. --Maxwell Maltz

The way we think about ourselves determines how we behave and who we become. If Eileen believes she is good at baseball, she will swing the bat more confidently and catch fly balls more easily. And her extra effort will generally pay off. At math, Steve thinks he's a whiz and it makes him proud. He studies so he'll continue to be a whiz.

The image we have of ourselves is like the blueprint the contractor follows when building a house. When we see ourselves sad or angry, our behavior and personality will match it. When we see ourselves withdrawn and afraid, we seem to avoid activities that involve others. How wonderful that we can change our behavior and thus ourselves by changing the picture we carry in our minds.

Action for the Day: I will create a good picture of myself today.


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

Pain
Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain
was the touchstone of all spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.'s
can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to
come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 93 - 94

Thought to Ponder
The gritty pain of alcoholism is the traction of recovery.

AA-related 'Alconym'
H O P E = H
old On, Pain Ends


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

Fresh perspective
by Ralph Marston

Take a few moments, and take a few steps away from the commotion and confusion. Guide yourself to a place where you can see more clearly, and give yourself a fresh, empowering perspective.

You’ll realize that much of what concerns you, need not concern you. You’ll understand that the problems are easily outnumbered by the many opportunities and positive possibilities.

You’ll recognize that much of what seems to hold you back does so only with your consent. You’ll discover how easy it can be to let go of self-imposed limitations and allow yourself to move forward.

Gently take a few steps away. Arrive at a place where you can focus on what is truly important.

Enjoy being in a place where your purpose really matters. Feel how much a renewed sense of purpose can energize your efforts.

Life has great beauty, and is filled with an unending stream of wonderful possibilities. Take a few steps back from the noise and distractions, and watch as the best of those possibilities come clearly into focus.

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


Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-21-2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Today's Gift

To be able to invite pain to join in my experience and not have to control my life to avoid pain is such a freedom! —Christina Baldwin

If we really stopped to think about it, we would be astounded to discover how much of our time is spent trying to avoid pain. We are afraid to say what we think or tell others our needs because we fear rejection. We are afraid to face the pain of our own anger. We are afraid of telling others who we are. When we are afraid of opening up to others for fear they will hurt us, we are not free, we are prisoners of our own fears.

Pain is a natural part of life, and we are gifted with the ability to feel it. Pain teaches us, makes us work harder sometimes, and it helps us appreciate pleasure.

When we accept pain, and stop exhausting ourselves trying to avoid it, we will be free to live life more fully and without so much worry.

How has my own fear limited my freedom?

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

I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And never a word said she;
But, Oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!
-- Robert Browning Hamilton


We may think that forgetting the past is essential for growth and peace of mind. It's a tempting idea: we'll start over again, we think, fresh and new. But if we lose that old pain, we'll also lose all that we learned. We may repeat our mistakes, or make even worse ones next time. Dwelling on the past is equally dangerous. We began recovery to build a better life.

To find and maintain our balance, each area of our lives needs attention. A healthy mind in a healthy body is free to find our Higher Power. And, with our Higher Power's help, we can learn to recognize and forgive our past mistakes, while we keep the remarkable lessons we learned from life.

With our remembering, with our inventory, we can truly experience the repentance that frees us from regret and remorse. When we acknowledge our mistakes, we can learn from them and come to forgive ourselves.

Today’s Action: Today help me use my memories to learn and change. Help me to forgive my past.


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

Ready
Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A.,
and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation.
Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction
and as willing to listen as the dying can be. We stand ready to do
anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 24

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

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


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

Joy and sorrow
by Ralph Marston

In life there is some sorrow. And in life there is also joy. The sorrows show you who you are and what is truly important. The joys show you how incredibly wonderful all of that can be.

The sorrows help you understand how good things have been. The joys give you a magnificent glimpse, and spur you on, toward how much better they can be.

If there was no possibility of sorrow, then there would be no experience of joy. In this way both sorrow and joy add to the overall richness of life.

In sorrow you grow stronger, and in joy you put that strength to positive use. In sorrow you learn profoundly painful lessons, and in joy you create good things from what you have learned.

The sorrows will come, and the joys will come too. Each has their place in filling life with richness and meaning.

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


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-20-2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Today's Gift

Baseball teaches us, or has taught most of us, how to deal with failure. We learn at a very young age that failure is the norm in baseball and ... errors [are] part of the game, part of its rigorous truth. --Francis T. Vincent, Jr.

Of course we will make mistakes. We are born with the right to make mistakes. There is no shame in that. Perfection is a false ideal for a real human being. We learn by trial and error. If we try to be perfect, we will meet dead ends and roadblocks because we will inevitably fall short.

Instead, there is wisdom in the motto "Keep coming back." In this instance, the motto refers to returning to our standards. Rather than to strive constantly for higher and higher perfection, our goal is to always return to the rules we live by. Of course we will veer off the path. When we do, we make repairs, pay our dues, and hold our place as full-fledged members of the human race.

Today my goal is to keep returning to my ethics for a good life.

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

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. --Swedish proverb

During our illness, we hurt others. We hurt ourselves. We messed up a lot. So, a lot of us come into recovery not trusting ourselves very much. The truth is, as addicts, we couldn't be trusted.

But in recovery, we can be trusted again. We can again live and love ourselves. We do this by finding our spiritual center. This is the place inside of us where our Higher Power lives. We turn our will and our lives over to this spiritual center. We do as our spiritual center tells us. And from our spiritual center, we'll find our values. We'll live better lives. We'll come to trust ourselves again.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank you for helping me believe in myself again. I'll treat myself with love and kindness. I know You want me to.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list four ways I couldn't be trusted during my addiction. I'll also list four ways I can now be trusted.


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

Readiness
Are we now ready to let our Higher Power remove from us all the things which we
have admitted are objectionable? Can They now take them all—every one?
If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask our Higher Power to help us be willing.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 76

Thought to Ponder
The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed.

AA-related 'Alconym'
K I S S = K
eep It Simple, Surrender


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Beyond the mistakes
by Ralph Marston

Every mistake you’ve ever made is now behind you. You’ve learned something from each of them. Though some may have been painful, though some may have brought considerable hardship, you have now moved on past them.

Those mistakes did not stop you. They may have caused some delays or forced you to take some unexpected detours. You’re probably still paying the price for some of them. Even so, you’re still here. You’ve made progress. And the mistakes have even contributed to that progress.

As you move on ahead, there will be more mistakes. And you’ll survive them, too. In fact, you’ll do more than survive. You’ll learn and grow as a result of those mistakes. Even though you won’t make them willingly, when they do happen you’ll find a way to learn from them and then move on ahead with more wisdom, experience and determination than ever.

When you make mistakes, it means you’re making the attempt. When you’re successfully moving past those mistakes, learning what they have to teach, then you’re headed directly for achievement.

The only way your mistakes will stop you is if you begin to fear them. When you’re willing to make some mistakes, and then to move on anyway, then you’re moving yourself toward certain success.

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


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-19-2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Today's Gift

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

Life doesn't have to be hard.

Yes, there are times we need to endure, struggle through, and rely on our survival skills. But we don't have to make life, growth, change, or our day-to-day affairs that hard all the time.

Having life be that hard is a remnant of our martyrdom, a leftover from old ways of thinking, feeling, and believing. We are worthy, even when life isn't that hard. Our value and worth are not determined by how hard we struggle.

If we're making it that hard, we may be making it harder than it needs to be, said one woman. Learn to let things happen easily and naturally. Learn to let events, and our participation in them, fall into place. It can be easy now. Easier than it has been. We can go with the flow, take the world off our shoulders, and let our Higher Power ease us into where we need to be.

Today, I will stop struggling so hard. I will let go of my belief that life and growth have to be hard. I will replace it with a belief that I can walk this journey in ease and peace. And sometimes, it can actually be fun.

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

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. --Helen Keller

When a person looks at their life and at the lives of others, it is clear that pain is part of life. We cannot escape this tragic truth; our growth and our wholeness must include it because our recovery stresses honesty. In our old way of living, we may have been bitter. Many of us felt sorry for ourselves. Some of us cursed God and wasted time in our self-centeredness, thinking life was especially unfair to us. Life is not fair; it just is. It is left to us to choose how we will respond.

People's responses to life inspire us. We not only acknowledge the pain, but we see the heroic lives of others around us. They met their limitations and went forward with a willing spirit and faith. Today we can be grateful for the progress we have made in overcoming our suffering. We have friends who give us the joy of human contact. We have choices and possibilities where we never saw them before. We have a growing self-respect as people.

Action for the Day: I accept the reality of life, and I will respond with faith in the choices I make today.


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

Prayer and Meditation
We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown
all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we
need to take care of such problems. We ask especially for freedom from self-will,
and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves,
however, if others will be helped.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 87

Thought to Ponder
Prayer is neither black magic nor is it a form of demand note.
Prayer is a relationship.

AA-related 'Alconym'
P R A Y E R = Pr
aying Regularly Allows Your Everyday Recovery

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Faith in the future
by Ralph Marston

Banish all thoughts of what you lack. Concentrate on making effective use of all you have.

Don’t deplete time and energy wishing for things to be different. Take hold of the situation as it is, and push it in a positive direction.

Complaints, resentments, and despair get you nowhere. Intention and action can take you anywhere.

Circumstances are messy, life is not fair, people are uncooperative and inconsiderate. Look past all that, and see the positive possibilities.

Bit by bit, the whole world is lifted by people who have faith in the future, and who act on that faith. Have faith in the future not because of sappy wishful thinking, but because of what you can do.

Activate your strength, now, today, and act in the direction of your best possibilities. Deal with life as it is, and work to transform it into your highest vision of what life can be.

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


Monday, June 18, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-18-2018

Monday, June 18, 2018
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, 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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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Each day provides its own gifts. ---Ruth D. Freedman

Life is full of wonderful gifts. Recovery is life's greatest gift to us. If we're not excited about being sober, we need to check ourselves. Are we keeping something secret? Is there a sadness we need to talk about? Are we stuffing anger? These things eat away at our excitement for life.

Many addicts never get the gift of recovery. Those of us in recovery are special. We've been given a new life. There will be hard times. But the joy of getting a second chance will be stronger. Am I grateful that I've been given recovery?

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me see recovery as a gift. I deserve this gift because I'm human. Help me to always accept this gift.

Action for the Day: At the end of the day, I'll list three gifts that this day has given me.

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 Life
Regardless of worldly success or failure, regardless of pain or joy,
regardless of sickness or health or even of death itself, a new life of
endless possibilities can be lived if we are willing to continue our
awakening, through the practice of A.A.'s Twelve Steps.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 8

Thought to Ponder
The AA way of life is meant to be bread for daily use,
not cake for special occasions.

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

Space for joy
by Ralph Marston

There is always space for more joy in this world. Fill that space with joy of your own making.

You need no special condition or reason to be joyful. Give joy, spread joy, live joy just because you can.

Let yourself be amazed by the fact that a whole universe exists for you to experience and enjoy. Stream your own joy into whatever unique corner of the universe you happen to find yourself.

What can you do to remind yourself and others how great it is to be alive today? What words, thoughts, and activities can you initiate to express joy from your own perspective?

Carry joy into the most unlikely situations, for that’s where joy can make the biggest difference. Share joy with even the most unreceptive people, for they are who yearn for it most.

Look out and imagine all of existence as a massive container for joy. Devote yourself to adding new joy every chance you get.

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

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-15-2018

Friday, June 15, 2018
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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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple


Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.---unknown

Time always seems to pass too slowly or too quickly for us. .We want the fun times to last longer. We want the boring or painful times to go faster. But times goes at just the right pace. Any faster, and we wouldn't have enough time to learn as we go. Any slower, and we'd lose interest. In our program, we learn to respect the pace of time. We let go, and we let time go at it's own pace. We call this patience.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for patience. Help me look forward to the future without rushing. Help me live fully in the here and now. Help me make today a good one by doing Your will.

Action for the Day: I'll list five ways I can use time to be more healthy---in body, mind and spirit. Which of these five things can I do today?


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

Harmony
Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which
we may come into harmony with practically anybody. When in
doubt we can always pause, saying, “Not my will, but Thine,
be done.” And we can often ask ourselves, “Am I doing to others
as I would have them do to me—today?”
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 93

Thought to Ponder
The Three "C's" -- Concern, Compassion, Consideration.

AA-related 'Alconym'
H E L P = H
ope, Encouragement, Love, Patience


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

Past and future
by Ralph Marston

What if the past existed only in your memory, and you could do with it whatever you wanted to do? It would only be able to hold you back if you allowed it to do so. And what if the future existed only in your imagination? You could do with it whatever you wanted to do. You wouldn’t have to fear anything in the future. You wouldn’t have to worry about anything or be apprehensive about anything in that future.

Guess what? That’s exactly the way it is. The past does exist solely in your memory and the future exists only in your imagination. You can take from the past precisely what you decide to take. And you can put into the future only what you decide to put there.

The past and the future are in your mind and under your control. And also under your control is what you do right now. So take the best from your past and make use of it right now. You’ve already moved away from every disappointment you’ve ever experienced. Keep moving positively ahead. Imagine a bright and positive future because it’s yours to imagine in any way you wish. And use right now to start making it happen.

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