Monday, September 28, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-28-2015

Monday, September 28, 2015
Today's Gift

Every time I get worried about something I say my prayers more. --Jim Burns

Whether we grew up in religious families or not, most of us seek help from some Greater Power when we're faced with terrifying situations. Often it's at an unconscious level that we ask for extra help. But the fact that we do elicit strength from some source comforts us, and this enables us to walk through the experience that appears so daunting.

We never outgrow the need for strength and comfort. That's good news. It's too awesome to think that we need to know all now, to understand how every detail of living should unfold. It's quite enough to limit our focus on the details of the next 24 hours.

Let's be vigilant about our search for guidance and comfort. And let's not forget that we have to listen for the response. If our minds are filled with worrying, there will be no space for the answers to enter.

Meditating or praying for solutions or comfort or just a moment of peace will change my perspective today. When my perspective changes, so do my experiences.

From the book Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places


The Role of self-sufficiency
When AA was first launched, the ideal of the self made person was often exalted. Certain outstanding individuals seem to have achieved amazing success entirely by their own efforts. In the drive to be such a self made person, AA co-founder Bill W. was swept away in a torrent of alcoholic grandeur.

We know today that there's no such thing as a self-made person. We all need each other, and at various times we would have been lost without assistance that was generously and freely given. Everyone has had such assistance at one time or another. WE are not entirely self-sufficient.

The true role of self-sufficiency is to use our talent and opportunities wisely and beneficially in cooperation with others. Our own success in whatever we do will be enhanced as we continue to acknowledge our need for others.

Action for the Day: Throughout the day, there will be many times when I need the help of others, and many times when others will need my help. I will give and receive help gratefully.

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

One Day At A Time

Prayer and Meditation 
I have had to discard all the thoughts and beliefs that were once there. I gave them up reluctantly.
I didn't want to believe in a Higher Power, but through AA I got to a point where I had to.
Now I believe it to be the strongest force on earth -- if the quietest. You don't have to be aware of power.
It doesn't have to be loud, like a hurricane. . .
Before AA, I wanted more than anything else to get sober.
That was a positive thought, and it was a prayer that was answered.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol.2], p. 175

Thought to Ponder . . .
Trying to pray is praying.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A S A P =
Always Say A Prayer.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Offer encouragement
by Ralph Marston

You cannot force other people to do the right thing. What you can do, and what is extremely effective, is to encourage them.

If you offer threats, intimidation and low expectations, you’ll get resentment and poor performance. When you assume and expect the worst of others, you’re very likely to get it.

A better choice is to expect the best, and to offer opportunities for those expectations to be met. Though it’s true that people won’t always live up to your positive expectations, it’s also true that most people would prefer to do what’s best for everyone concerned.

Just about everyone responds positively to positive, genuine encouragement. Let others know, clearly, precisely and in positive terms, what you expect, and let them know you have faith that they’ll meet those expectations. 

Instead of looking for ways to control, look for opportunities to support and encourage. Instead of conducting detached transactions, seek to build ongoing relationships.

 Offer the encouragement to do what is right, what is good, what is valuable and positive. Expect the best, in a supportive way, and it is much more likely to happen.

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