Monday, August 29, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-29-2016

Monday, August 29, 2016
Today's Gift

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. —Helen Keller

The next 24 hours are guaranteed to excite us, to lift us to new levels of understanding, to move us into situations with others where we can offer our unique contributions. All that is asked of us is a willingness to trust that we will be given just what we need at each moment.

We can dare to live, fully, just for today. We can appreciate the extraordinariness of every breath we take, every challenge we encounter. Within each experience is the invitation for us to grow, to reach out to others in caring ways, to discover more fully the women we are capable of being. We must not let a single moment go by unnoticed.

When we withdraw from life, we stunt our growth. We need involvement with others, involvement that perturbs us, humors us, and even stresses us. We tap our internal resources only when we have been pushed to our limits, and our participation in life gifts us, daily, with that push. How necessary the push!

None of us will pass this way again. What we see and feel and say today are gone forever. We have so much to regret when we let things slip away, unnoticed or unappreciated.

A special series of events has been planned for me today. I shall not miss it.

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

This day I choose to spend in perfect peace. --- A Course in Miracles

Today, let’s be gentle and kind. Lets talk to ourselves with love and respect. Let’s be gentle with others too.

Today, let’s be clear in how we think, speak, and act. And if we start to get mixed up, let’s stop thinking and listen for our Higher Power’s voice.

Today, we know that we have just a small job to do. It is to live today with love in our heart. We can’t take care of every problem in the world. But we make our actions today part of the answer instead of the part of the problem. Let's Keep It Simple.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me find Your calmness and peace in my heart today.

Action for the Day: Do I believe that peace starts with me? Today, I’ll listen to the simple voice of peace inside of me. And I’ll Keep It Simple.

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

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One Day At A Time

Challenges
Life is meant to be lived by facing the challenges it brings.
Otherwise, I’m not living, just existing.
My Higher Power didn’t give me this gift of sobriety to sit in a rocking chair,
imagining myself as some wise old woman who has arrived somewhere.
There is no easier, softer way.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 320

Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is a gift, the price of which is eternal vigilance.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B E S T =
Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Don’t take it personally
by Ralph Marston

Life can sometimes be terribly painful and extremely unfair. When it is, the strongest, most positive and effective response comes from not taking it personally.

Whatever difficulties may come, when you refuse to take them personally you move powerfully beyond the limitations of your own ego. You immediately place yourself at least one level above whatever has happened, and from that vantage point your options are vastly increased.

If someone screams in your face and your reaction is to simply scream back, what have you accomplished? Yet if, instead, you can step back, take your own ego out of the picture, and look objectively at the situation, you can craft and execute a much more effective response.

How do you avoid taking things personally? By keeping in mind that although they may affect you greatly, they do not reflect who you are. Although they have happened to you, they are not an integral part of you. You always have the choice to not take them personally.

That does not mean you do not care. On the contrary, it means that you care enough to put forth your most powerful, effective response.

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


Friday, August 26, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-26-2016

Friday, August 26, 2016
Today's Gift

Procrastination - not acting when the time is right - is a self-defeating behavior. It produces anxiety, guilt, disharmony, and a nagging consciousness of the task that life is telling us it's time to do.

We are not always procrastinating when we put off doing something. Sometimes, doing a thing before the time is right can be as self-defeating as waiting too long.

We can earn to discern the difference. Listen to yourself. Listen to the Universe. What is past due and creating anxiety and prodding within you?

Is there something in your life you are avoiding because you don't want to face it? Is there a building anxiety from putting this off?

Sometimes anger, fear, or feeling helpless can motivate procrastination. Sometimes, procrastination has simply become habitual.

Trust and listen to yourself, your Higher Power, and the Universe. Watch for signs and signals. If it is time to do something, do it now. If it is not yet time, wait until the time is right.

Higher Power, help me learn to be on time and in harmony with my life. Help me tune in to and trust Timing and Order of the Universe.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©


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

In soloing--as in other activities--it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it. --Amelia Earhart

Procrastination plagues us all, at one time or another. But any activity that is worthy of our effort should be tackled by bits and pieces, one day at a time. We are too easily overwhelmed when we set our sights only on the accomplished goal. We need to focus, instead, on the individual elements and then on just one element at a time. A book is written, word-by-word. A house is built, timber-by-timber. A college degree is attained, course-by-course.

By the time we got to this program, most of us had accumulated a checkered past, much of which we wanted to deny or forget. And the weight of our past can stand in the way of the many possibilities in the present.

Our past need not determine what we set out to do today. However, we must be realistic: We can't change a behavior pattern overnight. But we can begin the process. We can decide on a reasonable, manageable objective for this 24-hour period. Enough days committed to the completion of enough small objectives will bring us to the attainment of any goal, large or small.

Action for the Day: I can finish any task I set my sights on, when I take it one day at a time. Today is before me. I can move forward in a small way.

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

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One Day At A Time

Unity
The Twelve Steps of our AA program are not crammed down anybody’s throat.
They are not sustained by any human authority. Yet we powerfully unite around them
because the truth they contain has saved our lives, has opened the door to a new world.
Our experience tells us these universal truths work.
The anarchy of the individual yields to their persuasion.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 8
Thought to Ponder . . .
There is no strength without unity.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
U S =
United Spirits

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Get life going your way
by Ralph Marston

Don’t wait for life to go your way. Get your own thoughts and actions going your way and the other things in life will reliably follow along.

Step forward and take a positive, active role in creating your own future. Instead of worrying about what might or might not happen, work to make what does happen the best you can imagine.

With every moment and every choice, you have an influence on the way your life unfolds. Instead of being a victim of circumstance, find ways to utilize each circumstance for meaningful, positive purposes.

Though you cannot control every influence in your life, you absolutely can control what you make of those various influences. Make the choice, again and again, to make the best of them.

Take what comes, whatever it may be, with gratitude and positive expectations. Do what you must to make something good out of it.

There is always a way forward, so take it. There is always something useful, valuable and positive you can do, so do it, and get life going your way.

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



Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-25-2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Today's Gift

To know oneself, one should assert oneself. —Albert Camus

We learn about ourselves by bumping up against something solid. By throwing ourselves into a project, meeting an obstacle we can't overcome, perhaps making some mistakes, we learn what we are capable of and what we are not. We are not here to live a comfortable and placid life. Our task is to grow and learn, to make a contribution, and to have some tranquility while we do. The only way we can achieve those goals is to assert ourselves, find out where the solid limits are, and assert our right to make mistakes in the process.

When we first learn to drive a car, we over steer and hit the brakes too hard or too softly. In the process we learn how to feel what is just right. When we are learning to ask for what we need and to make a place for ourselves, we may ask too demandingly at times. That is not bad. It is how we will learn to do it well.

Today, I will have opportunities to assert myself. I will take the risks required to learn.

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

Acceptance

What should We accept?
Alcoholics usually have trouble accepting ordinary setbacks and limitations that
other people live with all the time. Sometimes it seems much easier
to just get drunk than to accept boredom and frustration.

The irony of such behavior is that we then have to accept much more
failure as a result of problems created by drinking. Our
drinking brings far more pain than it removes.

Learning acceptance in sobriety is part of the growing-up process.
Along with learning to accept things we cannot change, however, we learn
there are some things we don't have to accept. Living sober gives us the
power and confidence to make such changes.

Action for the Day: I'll repeat the Serenity Prayer today if I begin to feel disturbed or
threatened. I will face life realistically while knowing I have many
opportunities for growth and change.

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

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One Day At A Time

Face the Music
“Are you really placing recovery first, or are you making it contingent upon other people,
places, or circumstances?
You may find it ever so much better to face the music right where you are now,
and, with the help of the AA program, win through.
Before you make a decision, weigh it in these terms.”
- As Bill Sees It, p. 251

Thought to Ponder . . .
In order to recover, we need to uncover.

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


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Generous heart
by Ralph Marston

Live with a generous heart. Walk through the world with a generous spirit.

Care, not just to improve your image, but because you do care. Help, not just to look good, but because it is your nature.

The less you make things about you, the more effective you’ll be. The less you struggle to get your way, the more fulfillment you’ll experience.

Generosity is love translated into action. Let love harness your energy to lift up the world around you.

Feel the positive power of a perspective that extends far beyond you. Let your own generosity illuminate and activate the abundance in which you’re always immersed.

Remind yourself of the beautiful paradox you already know. The best thing you can do for yourself is to do for others, for all.

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


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-24-2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Today's Gift

There were many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream--whatever that dream might be. --Pearl S. Buck

No new door is opened without the inner urge for growth. Dreams guide us, encourage us, stretch us to new heights--and leave us momentarily empty when they are dashed.

Our life experiences have given us resilience and a multitude of reasons for living. We have come to understand that when one dream serves us no longer, it is making way for an even better one. Our dreams are our teachers. When the student is ready, a new one comes into focus.

Dreams in our earlier years often come to nought. They couldn't compete for our attention as effectively as the self-pity. The direction they offered was lost. Each day that we look forward with positive anticipation, we put the wreckage of the past farther from our minds.

Our dreams are like the rest areas on a cross-country trip. They refresh us, help us to gauge the distance we've come, and give us a chance to consider our destination.

Today's dreams and experiences are points on the road map of my life. I won't let them pass, unnoticed.

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

There is no greater weakness than stubbornness. If you cannot yield, if you cannot learn that there must be compromise in life - you lose. --Maxwell Maltz

Glass is very hard, but fragile. By contrast, leather is tough and resilient. A blow to a glass dish will break it, but a blow to a shoe will just be absorbed. Our program leads us to avoid the folly of being hard like glass, and we become tougher like leather. We must endure surprises, pressures, and blows from the world as a normal part of life. The more able we are to absorb the blows, the stronger and more whole we are.

A friend who has a different opinion from ours can be listened to and his ideas considered. There is no need to compete with him or prove that we are right. When our plan for a project at work gets set aside, we will feel the frustration but we need not come apart over it. 
Perhaps our Higher Power is leading us to a better plan. Frustrations with family or friends can be turned over to our Higher Power. We do not have a rigid recipe for life, and we must be open to more learning.

Action for the Day: I will surrender my fragile stubbornness in exchange for the toughness I can learn in compromise.

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

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One Day At A Time

Essentials
We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.
Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery.
But these are indispensable.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 568

Thought to Ponder . . .
AA is spiritual, is the eye of the hurricane, is my refuge and my comfort.

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


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

What you know is best
by Ralph Marston

Base your decisions on the outcomes you wish to create. Look to the future, to what will happen as a result of what you do, and let the eventual consequences guide you.

If it’s complicated, embarrassing, or inconvenient in the moment, so what? Do what will make the biggest positive difference in the long run.

However difficult this day may be, it will soon be over. For a long time afterward, you’ll live with the consequences of the actions you’ve taken and the ones you’ve avoided.

Doing what’s good, what’s right, what’s valuable, is not usually the easiest choice. Yet when viewed from a future perspective, it’s the best choice.

You can get through the discomfort and inconvenience. Once you do work through it, you’ll be thankful you did.

Position yourself now to be always thankful for the way you live this day. Do what you know is right, and what you know is best.

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



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-23-2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Today's Gift

It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more "adulthood" to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind. --Alex Karras

In our culture, being a strong often means being tough and not showing feelings. When we realize that those are silly and immature myths, even though we see them repeatedly on TV, on billboards, and in newspapers.

When we are told these things repeatedly, it makes an impact on us. So we need to hear from each other that this is not the way we wish to live. We don't admire these attitudes, and we don't believe the stories. Truly courageous men know themselves. They have been around enough to have depth to their souls, to let themselves love, and to feel the pain of life.

Today, I am grateful to know and share my feelings and to have genuine relationships with those I love.

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

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. --Stevie Wonder

It has been easy for many of us to meet our limitations with self-pity. Maybe we think being real means always being strong, capable, and in charge. If we have a handicap, like blindness or a learning disability, we may have thought we were less masculine or less worthy.

All of us have handicaps. Some are greater than others, and some are more visible than others. These handicaps confront us with our powerlessness. We do not find our finest human qualities until we have met our limitations and accepted them. A new side of our strength develops when we accept our powerlessness and yield to it rather than trying to take charge of it. We develop greater vision when we stop feeling sorry for ourselves about our handicap and surrender to its truth. We then see our kinship with all men and women who struggle with their limitations.

Action for the Day: Today, I will set aside self-pity and remember to be grateful for the lessons my limitations have taught me.

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

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One Day At A Time


A Lesson
I spent most of my life worrying about myself, thinking that I was unwanted, that I was unloved.
I’ve learned since that the more I worry about me loving you,
and the less I worry about you loving me, the happier I will be.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 218

Thought to Ponder . . .
Happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F =
Happy, Joyous, Free

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Examine your weaknesses
by Ralph Marston

Don’t be afraid to examine your weaknesses. In them you’ll find some of your greatest potential.

Certainly you can always make improvements to what you already do well. Yet at best, those will be incremental improvements.

Consider, though, what happens when you work on overcoming your weaknesses. The results in your life can be revolutionary.

In fact, transforming a weakness into a strength can make all your other strengths more effective. When the weakness is no longer holding you back, every part of your life will see the benefits.

Be thankful for your strengths. And be honest about your weaknesses.

For when you are clear about what you cannot yet do well, that’s the first step to improvement. Any weakness can be transformed into strength when you simply have the courage to grow.

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



Monday, August 22, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-22-2016

Monday, August 22, 2016
Today's Gift

We're only as sick as the secrets we keep. —Sue Atchley Ebaugh

Harboring parts of our inner selves, fearing what others would think if they knew, creates the barriers that keep us separate, feeling different, certain of our inadequacies.

Secrets are burdens, and they weigh heavily on us, so heavily. Carrying secrets makes impossible the attainment of serenity - that which we strive for daily. Abstinence alone is not enough. It must come first, but it's not enough by itself. It can't guarantee that we'll find the serenity we seek.

Many steps can be taken to acquire self-assurance, happiness, spiritual well-being, but there's work to be done. And one of these is total self-disclosure. It's risky, it's humbling, and it's necessary.

When we tell others who we really are, it opens the door for them to share likewise. And when they do, we become bonded. We accept their imperfections and love them for them. And they love us for ours. Our struggles to be perfect, our self-denigration because we aren't, only exaggerates even more the secrets that keep us sick.

Our tarnished selves are lovable; secrets are great equalizers when shared. We need to feel our oneness, our sameness with other women.

Opportunities to share my secrets will present themselves today. I will be courageous.

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

Every human being is a problem in search of a solution. --Ashley Montagu

Each of us is a strong and fragile creature. We're always subject to forces outside our control, and we're learning steps for living that helps us cope and rise above these problems. Our particular situation might seem special to us but in another sense, everyone's situation is a unique problem. Spiritual growth is the result of coming face to face with our own situation, feeling the brunt of our own puzzlement, recognizing no recipe will apply completely, and then trusting our Higher Power as we make unsure responses.

No school or parent can ever teach us enough to smooth our search for solutions. We become complete human beings by living through the muddle, by truly trusting our connections with our Higher Power and other people to carry us along until we find clarity again. We progress into adulthood when we meet our own particular life crises. We learn to see we have this process in common with every human being. Rather than resist our problems, we band together with others and pool our strength to find solutions.

Action for the Day: I will see my problems today as opportunities for spiritual growth.

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

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One Day At A Time

Guilt
Don’t, please, thrash around too long in guilt.
Learn what you can from past negative experiences, and move on.
Guilt is insidious and counterproductive.
You are a perfect child of God. It shines through in your sobriety.
I see it, and so do others. Make yourself see it.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 86

Thought to Ponder . . .
Guilt is in the past; worry is the future. Both are manifestations of ego.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G U I L T =
God Understands I Lack Trust

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Resent, or resolve?
by Ralph Marston

Resentment will only make a bad situation worse. Resentment mainly serves to prolong and empower whatever it is you resent, and that’s certainly not what you want.

So rather than being held down by resentment, use the same energy in a much more positive way. Simply decide to turn your resentment into resolve.

Instead of staying focused on what’s wrong and who’s to blame, put that same energy into changing it for the better. The more difficult and painful the situation, the more reason you have to move beyond it, and the more resolve you can develop for doing so.

The same factors which lead to resentment can just as easily and just as powerfully lead to resolve. Any time and every time you have the urge to tie yourself down with resentment, you also have the choice to move your world forward with resolve. When given such a choice, choose resolve. It will take you to much better places than you ever could hope to reach with resentment.

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




Friday, August 19, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-19-2016

Friday, August 19, 2016
Today's Gift

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. —Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Many of us grew up in situations that required us to be constantly on our guard. We became so keenly attuned to the people around us and how to please them or avoid their anger that we lost contact with our inner messages. Rather than developing skills for drawing upon our inner resources, we developed skills for looking outward and reacting to whatever confronted us. This method of survival may have been necessary in the past while we were under stress, but it doesn't allow us any rest or the possibility of simply following what we know and feel is right.

We must learn to know what we think and feel and to express it, even if it isn't always what others want to hear. We can be spontaneous now because we have room for mistakes in our lives. Our relationships are more reliable, and we have more energy from sincerity than from always striving to make a good appearance.

Today, it is more important for me to be sincere than to be on my guard.

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

...to have a crisis and act upon it is one thing. To dwell in perpetual crisis is another. --Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Exaggerating the negative element in our lives is familiar behavior for all too many of us. But this obsession is our choice. We can stop at any moment. We can decide to let go of a situation that we can't control, turn it over to the Universe, and be free to look ahead at the possibilities for happiness.

Perhaps we can learn to accept a serious situation in our lives as a special opportunity for growth first of all, but even more as an opportunity to let our Higher Power work in our lives. We learn to trust by giving over our dilemmas to our Higher Power for solutions. With patience, we will see the right outcomes, and we will more easily turn to our Higher Power the next time.

Crises will lessen in number and in gravity in direct proportion to the partnership we develop with our higher power. The stronger our dependence on that power, for all answers and all directions, the greater will our comfort be in all situations.

Serenity is the gift promised when we let our Higher Power handle our lives. No crisis need worry us. The solution is only a prayer away.

Action for the Day: I will take action against every crisis confronting me--I will turn to my Higher Power. Each crisis is an invitation to serenity.

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

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One Day At A Time

Daily Reprieve
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.
We are headed for trouble if we do, for our dysfunctions are a subtle foe.
What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of of our Higher Power’s will into all of our activities.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85

Thought to Ponder . . .
Talking about the spiritual part of the program is like talking about the wet part of the ocean.

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

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

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Daily Motivation



Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

In the midst of it all
by Ralph Marston

Every moment, new flowers bloom. Fresh saplings rise from moist ground, destined to be towering oaks one day.

Around the world, new love takes hold. Through joy and despair, success and setback, love grows stronger.

People you’ll never know work to advance your life in ways you can’t possibly realize. Life continues to gain new knowledge, and even a little wisdom.

On the outside, everyone seems drawn to all things flimsy and superficial. Deep inside grows a longing for meaning, for substance, for making a difference.

Stars, planets, moons, galaxies drift silently, endlessly. Space, time, energy and possibilities have no discernible limit, and then they expand even more.

Here you are in the midst of it all, able to choose what to do. Pause, consider, and make each choice worthy of all that makes it possible.

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