Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-23-2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Today's Gift

Love is not just tolerance. It's not just distant appreciation. It's a warm sense of, 'I am enjoying the fact that I am me and you are you.' -N. T. Wright

Practice tolerance.

Tolerate our quirks, our feelings, our reactions, our peculiarities, and our humanness. Tolerate our ups and downs, our resistance to change, and our struggling and sometimes awkward nature.

Tolerate our fears, our mistakes, our natural tendency to duck from problems, and pain. Tolerate our hesitancy to get close, expose ourselves, and be vulnerable.

Tolerate our need to occasionally feel superior, to sometimes feel ashamed, and to occasionally share love as an equal. Tolerate the way we progress - a few steps forward, and a couple back.

Tolerate our instinctive desire to control and how we reluctantly learn to practice detachment. Tolerate the way we say we want love, and then sometimes push others away. Tolerate our tendency to get obsessive, forget to trust our Higher Poer, and occasionally get stuck.

Some things we do not tolerate. Do not tolerate abusive or destructive behaviors toward others or ourselves.

Practice healthy, loving tolerance of ourselves, said one man. When we do, we'll learn tolerance for others. Then, take it one step further; learn that all the humanness we're tolerating is what makes ourselves and others beautiful.

Today, I will be tolerant of myself. From that, I will learn appropriate tolerance of others.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From:  Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

. . . one who finds their self loses their misery. Matthew Arnold

We have lost a lot of misery. In it’s place inside us, a spirit grows. . .
as love is added.

Especially self-love. In our illness, we came to hate ourselves. It was
really our illness we hated. We couldn’t find ourselves. All we saw was
what others saw---our illness.

In recovery, we’ve found ourselves again. We’ve found we’re good people.
We’ve also come to love the world around us. We see we have something
to offer this world---ourselves.

Why? Because we have found ourselves.

Prayer for the Day: I’m so glad to be alive. At times life hurts, but, in living,
I found You. Thank-you Higher Power. I pray that we may always be close.

Action for the Day: I will list ten great things I’ve discovered about myself in life.

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

Daily Recovery Readings -

One Day At A Time

A New Family
In the first few months, I didn't say much, but I listened. I listened to my sponsors,
to some guests from abroad who were old-timers, and to newcomers.
I learned mostly from the newcomers, with whom I could easily identify. It wasn't easy. I was in my late forties.
I had to reconstruct a life out of the ruins. It took time and it was extremely difficult and complicated.
It is a road that nobody can travel alone.
Finally I built up a new family and made up with what was left of the old one.
- AA Around the World, pp. 32-33

Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to listen; listen to learn.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
lways Awesome.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Powerful to be positive
by Ralph Marston

In the space of a single moment, your life can dramatically change for the better. Without any visible change in your surroundings, without a sound or a look or even as much as a twitch from you, suddenly you can be a whole different person.

Choose to change your attitude, and you can immediately be living in a new world. Choose a positive attitude and suddenly you have placed yourself in a world filled with positive possibilities.

Your attitude determines what you see and how you see it. Your attitude determines what you are willing to do with whatever is available to you.

Certainly there are plenty of valid reasons to go through this day with a negative, despondent attitude. But even if there are a million compelling reasons to be negative, there’s a reason to be positive that outweighs them all. 

The fact is, a positive attitude empowers you in the way that nothing else can. The more reasons there are to be negative, the more powerful it is to be positive. 

So, you can make excuses or you can make your way forward. Instantly change your life for the better, be positive, and get the power that enables you to do great things. 

Read the full message and many more at

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