Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-24-2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Today's Gift

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

As we go about our activities, we will have a richer day when we think of ourselves as painting a picture instead of keeping score. Rather than woodenly completing a task, we might approach it as something that can be made interesting. Instead of driving to work or riding the bus only to reach our destination, we might think of this routine as part of the picture we paint today. When a friend makes a comment, we might think of it as another brush stroke in our painting and join in with them, rather than making a game or contest, which we must try to win.

Many of us were taught that success means having the highest score. So we have become compulsively competitive - always trying to be right, always striving for more financial security, or always pushing ourselves for some new achievement. Success may not be coming out on top. When our lives are lived as rich and interesting pictures, we find our rewards are far deeper and more lasting.

May the picture I paint today be one I will carry with me and appreciate.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From:  Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

One must not be awed by that which has been built up around them; they
must reverence that person in themselves which struggles for expression. --Margaret Sanger

Let us not stifle ourselves any longer. Let us dare to dream and realize those
dreams. Let us dare to take risks, having faith that to advance in any respect
implies taking risks. Fortunately, we have the support of the program and one
another to cushion the fall, if it should come. But more important, we have one
another's example to inspire us as we contemplate our own agenda for self-

Many of us for far too long passively watched others move forward. No
longer need we be passive observers, but the familiarity of no action, no
choice making, and irresponsibility, makes passivity attractive at times.
We must remember responsible choices, for only those make possible our
very special contributions.

Not every day do we awaken with the strength needed to "do our part."
But the strength will be available just as quickly as we call for it. Alone,
we are strugglers; however, we have a ready partnership, and it guarantees
us guidance, wisdom, and strength when we ask for it.

Action for the Day: I have so much to offer others. And I need another's example. Every
expression of my strength will boost another person's strength. I will give.

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

One Day At A Time

The Opportunity
It finally became obvious to me that the God I thought had judged and damned me had done nothing of the sort.
They had been listening, and in Their own good time Their answer came. Their answer was threefold: the opportunity for a life of sobriety; Twelve Steps to practice, in order to attain and maintain that life of sobriety; fellowship within the program, ever ready to sustain and help me each twenty-four-hour day. . .
In the use of this opportunity, the onus is on me.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 11

Thought to Ponder . . .
We will suffer a great poverty until we know that our Higher Power lives in us and we can see Them there.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Missed opportunities

by Ralph Marston

There is no limit to the number of ways you can experience joy. So there is no reason to ever stay disappointed about missed opportunities for joy.

Take that disappointment and let it push you forward to express and experience new joy. It could very well be that you discover a joy even more profound than what you missed out on.

Life’s good possibilities keep on coming. Don’t miss the next one because you’re too wrapped up in disappointment over the last one.

Instead, take it upon yourself to be a conduit for life’s best joys and possibilities. Let go of the past and give yourself plenty of space to experience a positive and fulfilling moment right now. 

Enjoy the big, momentous events, the small, intimate moments, and everything in between. Decide that you can experience joy in the most unlikeliest of places, and you will. 

Though you may have missed out on a few good things, they are far outnumbered by the whole world of positive possibilities in which you’re now immersed. Step joyfully forward and delight in bringing the best of those possibilities to life

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