Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-1-2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Today's Gift

It was football time, apple time, harvest time, hunting time, and school time. Footsteps quickened. It was exciting to be in transition. It seemed more like the beginning of something than like the end of it. —Paul Gruchow

Some days seem filled with the exciting energy of change. They are like walking on a bridge from one time period to the next. In the fall, our senses are filled with messages of change. Trees tell us it is happening. So do football games, and the cool chill in the morning air.

As summer wanes and winter approaches, we may need to grieve for what we leave behind before greeting what comes next. The changes we experience in throughout life bring similar responses. We grieve the loss of our old friends, jobs or the romantic thrill of young love. We are able to grieve our losses because we accept them. We have chosen them. Now we move to the next season of our lives.

As I experience the circle of seasons outside me, I am grateful for the ongoing flow of change within.

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

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality. --Eleanor Roosevelt

Everything in nature contributes to something else--like the hundred-year-old tree that stood tall until a wind storm. The protection it gave to thousands of birds and squirrels it now gives to insects and fungi. As it slowly decays, it nourishes the ground, and from the enriched soil grow several other trees. We human beings are part of this eternal cycle, our ideas and actions enriching those around us and influencing generations yet to come. Being part of this vast plan gives us comfort, and faith that everything that happens is meant to be. Our hearts fill with joy with the knowledge that we are needed; just as every tree is needed.

Action for the Day: Today I'll look at how do I fit into nature's plan.

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

One Day At A Time

A New Dimension
Now I was to plunge into the dark, joining that endless procession of sots who had gone before.
I thought of my poor spouse. There had been much happiness after all.
What would I give to make amends. But that was over now.
No words can tell of the loneliness and despair I found in that bitter morass of self-pity.
Quicksand stretched around me in all directions. I had been overwhelmed.
How dark it is before the dawn! In reality, I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 8

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

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
chieve Anything.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

A day well lived
by Ralph Marston

In the past, you’ve experienced the pain of being disappointed in yourself. Take this chance to remind yourself not to create that kind of pain again.

Today you have the opportunity to avoid the painful disappointment that comes when you’ve let yourself down. Today you can fill your moments with meaningful efforts, and end the day knowing you’ve done your best.

Instead of spending this day in ways you’ll regret, you can invest its hours in activities that will satisfy and fulfill you. Instead of wasting your time, energy and resources, you can make it all count for something meaningful and valuable.

No matter who you are, and no matter what you start with, at the end of the day you’ll be answering to yourself for what you’ve done. Make sure that answer is a good and satisfying one. 

Right now, while you can, push yourself in a positive direction. Right now, while you’re thinking about it, take some decisive action to commit yourself to excellence. 

Avoid disappointment today by seeking out and following a path that will make life better for yourself and all those around you. Give yourself the gift of a day well lived, with no regrets and no disappointments.

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