Friday, April 20, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-20-2018

Friday, April 20, 2018
Today's Gift

Hurried and worried until we're buried
And there's no curtain call,
Life's a very funny proposition,
after all. —George M. Cohan

Often, when we involve ourselves in a whirlwind of activities, plans, and expectations, we push ourselves so hard that we don't derive any satisfaction from success. We need to face our limitations. We can't do everything we want. Even when we can do a great deal, if we overextend ourselves, take on too much, we will not enjoy ourselves, and there is no reason not to enjoy our work.

Our activities are part of what we are. If we choose to live in a frantic hurry, worrying about the next moment instead of this one, we'll miss life entirely. Part of self-knowledge is learning to pace ourselves to our own speed, learning to set goals we can attain for each day. When we do this, we can say, "Now that I've completed this, I don't have to do one more thing to feel worthwhile."

Am I trying to do too much too fast?

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

The first skill needed for the Inner Game is called "letting it happen." This means gradually building a trust in the innate ability of your body to learn and to perform. --W. Timothy Gallwey

A strange and intriguing mystery confronts us in the Twelve Steps. We are mending our ways; we are becoming accountable; we are striving to do what is right, yet we are learning to let go. This seems like a contradiction of logic, but it leads us to a spiritual awakening.
We are becoming like the accomplished tennis player who has practiced diligently to develop every detail of their skill. Yet when they are playing the game, they cannot focus on control. They must get their ego out of the way and let themself go. It is in letting go that they rise to their highest level of fulfillment. Today we will do what we must. We can make the choices we are faced with. Then we allow ourselves to be carried along by our Higher Power to complete and fulfill the process.

Action for the Day: I will look for opportunities to let it happen 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

Fortunate
We who are alcoholics can consider ourselves fortunate indeed.
Each of us has had his own near-fatal encounter with the juggernaut of self-will,
and has suffered enough under its weight to look for something better.
So it is by circumstance rather than any virtue that we have been driven to AA,
have admitted defeat, have acquired the rudiments of faith, and now want
to make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to a Higher Power.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 37 - 38

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

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

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

By the end of this day
by Ralph Marston

At the end of this day, you can be stronger than you are now. Live with that possibility in mind, looking for opportunities to fulfill it.

By the end of this day, some of the problems that now plague you can be gone. Identify the ones you can deal with, and get to work on them.

The clock has already started ticking on this day, and the moments will continue to relentlessly pass. Resolve now to make full use of them all.

There is value to be created, there are wounds to be healed, transgressions to be forgiven. There is beauty to be enjoyed, love to be expressed, kindness to be given.

Look toward the western horizon, where the sun will disappear after offering its brilliance all day. By the time that happens, you will have had the great opportunity to add new richness to life.

Think of how peaceful and satisfied you will be, at the end of this day, knowing you have given it your best. Think of how confident and enthusiastic you will be, knowing you can do even more tomorrow.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-19-2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Today's Gift

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. --Corrie Ten Boom

"Make plans but don't plan results." This is a simple phrase cautioning us against unnecessary worry and stress.

If our plans involve other people, we would be wise to work joyfully toward realizing our dreams, but we should not expect or worry if others do not want the same goals. Nor should we worry if others are not as enthused about our ideas as we are. We know, by applying the Serenity Prayer, that we can only change ourselves; we cannot force changes in others.

Another cause of unnecessary stress in planning results comes from our ingrained habit of regarding ourselves as inadequate. All too often, those of us who make plans give up on ourselves when we predict the outcome of our dreams on the basis of our past experiences. We falsely conclude that because we failed or felt empty in the past, we'll most certainly not succeed in the future; thus, we quit too soon and rationalize our resignation with a "Why bother to try?" attitude.

TODAY I will make plans but not plan results. I will work out my plan, one day at a time, knowing that my past performance is NOT an infallible indicator of my present or future success. I will look forward with hope, not despair.

From the book The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes. ©
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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

We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. Sacred ritual chant.

Good things keep happening to us. We are sober. We can think clearly. We can see progress on how we handle our problems. We have friends. We have love. We have hope.

We are starting to feel joy. Our fears are getting smaller. We are starting to trust our new way of life. Our new life brings good things to us. It brings blessings every day. We are beginning to expect them. But we’re still surprised at how good life can be. What a difference from the days before we entered our program!

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for the blessings You keep on giving. And thanks for whatever today will bring.

Action for the Day: One way to give thanks for my blessings is to share them with others.


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

Restored
Even so has our Higher Power restored us all to our right minds.
To this man, the revelation was sudden.
Some of us grow into it more slowly.
But They have come to all who have honestly sought Them.
When we drew near to Them They disclosed Theirself to us!
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 57

Thought to Ponder
From darkness comes light.

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


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

Free from worry
by Ralph Marston

You don’t have to worry about anything. Worry is not something you have to do, it’s something you choose to do, and you can just as easily choose not to worry. Worry accomplishes nothing and costs precious time and energy. So why would you want to spend your time on it?

Even when there’s every reason to be concerned, there’s no reason to worry. There are plenty of other, much more effective ways to respond to any situation.

Just imagine what it would be like to be completely free from worry. Think of how much you could accomplish, and think of how positively it would affect every moment of every day. You can be free from worry, right here, right now. Simply understand that your worries accomplish nothing, and let them drop quickly away from you.

When you feel the urge to worry, make the choice to act on your concerns rather than worrying about them. Doing something positive is infinitely more valuable than thinking of something negative.

Leave your worries behind, put your energy into effective action, and be amazed at the great things you can accomplish.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-18-2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Today's Gift

A Free person is by necessity insecure; a thinking person by necessity uncertain. —Erich Fromm

We hear comments like, "Hang in there!" "Don't quit now," "Don't give up the ship!" When our outlook is gloomy and pessimistic, we should remember we are not in charge and we are not all knowing. We cannot predict what will be around the next corner. If a difficult problem looms before us, we cannot be sure what help might also be there for us to meet the problem.

Our compulsion for control tempts us to quit and give ourselves over to defeat. Then the outcome would be settled and predictable. We no longer would have to live with the insecurity of not knowing the future. When we are tempted to indulge in our dysfunctional ways, or to return to a relationship that isn't good for us, or to face a painful problem, it helps to recall that change is a basic fact of life. However stressful this moment is, it will change. Not at our command, but it will change. We aren't in control of outcomes, but we can choose now to "hang in there" and to give our energy only toward positive solutions.

May I have the serenity to accept the process and the courage to be true to my part. Outcomes I will leave for the future.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Patience is needed with everyone, but first of all with ourselves. ---St. Francis de Sales

How do you treat yourself? Do you talk to yourself in a kind and loving voice? We can’t be kind and loving to others until we learn to be kind and loving with ourselves. To live this way, we must give ourselves the gift of patience.

Let’s practice patience with ourselves daily. Practice talking to yourself in a kind, loving voice. 
Your voice will be that of a loving parent who helps a child with a new task. Your Higher Power is willing to be patient with you. Give yourself the same gift.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I pray that I’ll treat myself and others with the same loving patience You’ve shown me.

Action for the Day: I will listen to how I talk to myself. I will practice talking to myself with a kind, loving, and patient voice.


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

Amends
Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some
general principles which we find guiding. Reminding ourselves that we
have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask
that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing,
no matter what the personal consequences may be.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 79

Thought to Ponder
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A G O = A
nother Growth Opportunity

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

What’s right
by Ralph Marston

It’s never the wrong choice to do what’s right. It may be painful, complicated, difficult, and inconvenient, yet your best choice is to go with what you know is right.

If your words or actions feel wrong, they likely are. Those feelings arise from a whole lot of living experience, so respect their guidance.

Many of your best so-called logical, rational decisions are actually just reasoned justifications for what you already feel. Accept that you have an emotional bias, and put it to beneficial use.

Whatever mixture of reason and emotion may be telling you what’s right, listen and follow your own highest guidance. You avoid much regret and create much goodness by doing so.

Your values are what hold your life together. Let them do their job by making the choice that aligns with those values.

Keep offering your life and your world the powerful, abiding benefits of integrity. Take every opportunity to do what’s right.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-17-2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Today's Gift

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. --Doug Larson

Life is never just one thing. It is quite possible to feel optimistic and happy even when some things are not right with us. An optimistic outlook gives us energy to handle the harder things that we have to deal with. Research shows that people who have a positive attitude have a stronger immune system, are healthier, live longer, and are even more likely to recover from serious illness.

To believe in hopeful outcomes is largely a matter of choice. Many of us have experienced big disappointments and defeats in life. But having come this far, we can look back and see that somehow we had the capacity to deal with it. The Universe guides us to believe in hopeful possibilities. We can't say that things will always turn out just the way we hope, but that we can cope with whatever happens.

Today I choose to believe that a power greater than myself can help me deal with life, and I have reason to be optimistic.

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

It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is. --George F. Will

At our meetings, we often hear stories of the courage of ordinary people and their triumph against great odds. When we hear of a person's life being restored, we are witnesses to miracles. Our friends are heroes and so are we. As a man describes his passage from insanity to recovery, we are moved. Whenever we are truly open to knowing the people around us, whether at a meeting or in getting to know a neighbor, we will see heroism. It is amazing that when we get to know most people, and hear what their lives have been like, we find so much to admire and respect. It is a privilege to have such friends. It is amazing that they are so abundant when we open ourselves to them. The Universe truly does speak to us through others.

Action For the Day: I am grateful when I think about the extraordinary people around me and the courage in each of them. I am grateful to be among them.


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

Profound Change
Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before they are themself.
They finally realize that they have undergone a profound alteration in their reaction to life;
that such a change could hardly have been brought about by their self alone.
What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 567

Thought to Ponder
Change is the heartbeat of growth.

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

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

Opportunity to act
by Ralph Marston

If you’re having trouble taking action, ask yourself this question. Would you rather spend the next few hours creating regrets or creating value?

The opportunity to act is not some distant memory, not some future dream. The opportunity to act is now.

The value of that opportunity diminishes with every minute you wait. Stop waiting and start claiming the benefit of your own focused action.

Conditions may not be perfect, but your procrastination is not going to make those conditions any better. Go with what you have, now, and make of it all you can.

Now is when you can leave the excuses behind. Now is when your next achievement begins.

Remind yourself of the power and possibility in your opportunity to act right now. Without waiting another minute, take that power and make it yours.

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


Monday, April 16, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-16-2018

Monday, April 16, 2018
Today's Gift

Not everything happens for a reason. Sometimes things just happen and that's it. It's just a part of life nothing more, nothing less. --Unknown

We do not have to work so hard at gaining our insights. Yes, we're learning that painful and disappointing things happen, often for a reason and a higher purpose. Yes, these things often work out for good. But we don't have to spend so much time and energy figuring out the purpose and plan for each detail of our life. That's hypervigilence!

Sometimes, the car doesn't start. Sometimes, the dishwasher breaks. Sometimes, we catch a cold. Sometimes, we run out of hot water. Sometimes, we have a bad day. While it helps to achieve acceptance and gratitude for these irritating annoyances, we don't have to process everything and figure out if it's in the scheme of things.

Solve the problem. Get the car repaired. Fix the dishwasher. Nurse yourself through the cold. Wait to take the shower until there's hot water. Nurture yourself through your bad day. Tend to your responsibilities, and don't take everything so personally!

If we need to recognize a particular insight or awareness, we will be guided in that direction. Certainly, we want to watch for patterns. But often, the big insights and the significant processing happen naturally.

We don't have to question every occurrence to see how it fits into the Plan. The Plan - the awareness, the insight, and the potential for personal growth - will reveal itself to us. Perhaps the lesson is to learn to solve our problems without always knowing their significance. Perhaps the lesson is to trust ourselves to live, and experience, life.

Today, I will let things happen without worrying about the significance of each event. I will trust that this will bring about my growth faster than running around with a microscope. I will trust my lessons to reveal themselves in their own time.

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

There the penitents took off their shoes And walked barefoot the remaining mile. --Robert Lowell

Some people have to have pain. If dirt doesn't fall on their heads from the sky, they sulk in corners and hope their flesh turns to dust. They do everything the hard way, even when they know better, and often complain and accuse others for their pain. For people like this, even the song of a bird is a bother. It's better to smile when people like that accuse. It's better to wear shoes when walking on stones, better to take the shortest way. There is weeping and wailing enough in the world, dumps full of worn-out guilt and remorse. When the bird sings, it's better to look up and see that it beats its wings not to punish itself, but to fly.

Action for the Day: I not pity myself when I could be flying.


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

Amends
Although these reparations take innumerable forms, there are some
general principles which we find guiding. Reminding ourselves that we
have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask
that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing,
no matter what the personal consequences may be.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 79

Thought to Ponder
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A G O = A
nother Growth Opportunity


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Thankful for now
by Ralph Marston

Be thankful for this moment, however it may be. Be thankful for the way you feel, whatever the feeling is.

Be thankful, and put yourself in the best position to respond. Be thankful, and enable yourself to see the positive possibilities going forward.

Yes, you could be resentful, but your resentment would not bring you anything of value. Yes, you could be angry, but your anger would separate you from your best possibilities.

What’s done is done, what’s happened has happened, the reality of the moment is as it is. Fill your heart with gratitude and open your eyes to the value that’s now yours.

Be at peace with the past and the present. Allow yourself to focus all your energy on creating a bright future.

Be thankful for this moment and be empowered to make the most of it. Let your sincere gratitude for right now fill you with positive energy and illuminate the best way forward.

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-13-2018

Friday, April 13, 2018
Today's Gift

The world is a wheel always turning. Those who are high go down low, and those who've been low go up higher. —Anzia Yezierska

Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. And letting go of the way things are, anticipating instead what they might become, frees us to live each moment more fully.

Time marches on, and our destiny marches with it. There is purpose in how our lives unfold; the ups and downs serve our growth. We must neither resent the doldrums nor savor too long the elation. Giving too much attention to either state interferes with our awareness of the present. And the present has come to teach us.

We must move with time. We must focus our attention on the moment and accept whatever feelings each experience elicits. Emotional maturity is accepting our feelings and letting them go and facing instead the next moment with fresh receptivity. Our lessons are many, and they accompany the lows as well as the highs. We can be grateful for both.

The Universe has taught us freedom from lingering lows. It has given us the tools to move confidently forward, trusting that all is well. Nothing lasts forever, and within each struggle is the opportunity for real growth.

The highs will pass away, just as will the lows. They visit us purposefully. I will give them their freedom and find mine as well.

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

It seems to me that I have always been waiting for something better - sometimes to see the best I had snatched from me. --Dorothy Reed Mendenhall

Gratitude for what is prepares us for the blessings just around the corner. What is so necessary to understand is that our wait for what's around the corner closes our eyes to the joys of the present moment. We have only the 24 hours ahead of us. In fact, all we can be certain of having is the moment we are presently experiencing. And it is a gift to be enjoyed. There is no better gift just right for us than this moment, at this time.

We can, each of us, look back on former days, realizing that we learned too late the value of a friend or an experience. Both are now gone. With practice and a commitment to ourselves, we can learn to reap the benefits of today, hour by hour. When we detach from the present and wait for tomorrow, or next week, or look to next year, we are stunting our spiritual growth. Life can only bless us now, one breath at a time.

Action for the Day: I can live in the present if I choose to. Gentle reminders are often necessary, however. I will step into my life, today. It can become a habit, one I will never want to break.


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

Fellowship
There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your
imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The
most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find
the fellowship, and so will you.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 152

Thought to Ponder
Alcoholics Anonymous is the only place in the world where
you can walk into a room full of total strangers and reminisce.

AA-related 'Alconym'
F E L L O W S H I P = F
aith, Empathy, Learning, Love, Openness. Wisdom, Self-worth, Hope, Insight, Peace


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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

One little thing
by Ralph Marston

You can’t instantly make everything better. But you can quickly make one thing better, and then perhaps another thing, and another.

You can’t make the whole world perfect. Yet you always can make real, specific, meaningful improvements.

Even one small success is highly empowering. It establishes positive momentum, and gets you moving in a good direction.

Decide to stop feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the difficulties and the negativity you encounter. Choose to do something about it.

Just a small positive action can dramatically improve your attitude and your outlook. Even better, you can add another positive action, and build on it, and spread your beneficial attitude to others.

Go ahead, get yourself to act, to do one little thing that makes life better. Feel how great it feels, and allow yourself to expand that great feeling as far as you can imagine.

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