Monday, October 12, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-12-2015

Monday, October 12, 2015
Today's Gift

...there are two entirely opposite attitudes possible in facing the problems of one's life. One, to try and change the external world, the other, to try and change oneself. —Joanna Field

God grant us the courage to change what we can - ourselves. How difficult it is to let go of our struggles to control and change someone else. How frequently we assume that everything would be fine if only someone else would change. All that needs to change is an attitude, our own.

Taking responsibility for improving one's own life is an important step toward emotional health. Blaming another for our circumstances keeps us stuck and offers no hope for improved conditions. Personal power is as available as our decision to use it. And it is bolstered by all the strength we'll ever need. The decision to take our lives in hand will exhilarate us. The decision each day to be thoughtful, prayerful, and wholly responsible for all that we do will nourish our developing selves. Each responsible choice moves us toward our wholeness, strengthening our sense of self, our well-being.

I will change only who I can today: myself.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

May you live all the days of your life. ---Jonathan Swift

The truth is, life hard. Accepting this fact will make it easier. Remember
how well it worked in Step One? Once we admitted and that we were
powerless over alcohol and other drugs, we were given the power to recover.
It works the same with life’s problems.

We can spend a lot of energy trying to avoid life’s hardships. But our program
teaches us to use the same energy to solve our problems. Problems are chances
to better ourselves and become more spiritual. We have a choice: we can either
use our energy to avoid problems, or we can face them. When we stop wasting
energy, we start to feel more sure of ourselves.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, life is to be lived, both the easy and the hard
parts. Help me face and learn from it all.

Action for the Day: I’ll work at not complaining about how hard life is. I’ll take
the same energy and us it to solve problems I may face.

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

One Day At A Time

The perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one permeates human affairs from top to bottom.
This subtle and elusive kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought.
Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct flaws is the essence of character-building and good living.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 17

Thought to Ponder . . .
Self-righteousness is a loud din raised to drown the voice of guilt within us.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Storms of change
by Ralph Marston

Changes slam into your life whether you want them to or not. Some changes frighten you, inconvenience you, frustrate and annoy you.

As unavoidable and difficult as the changes may be, you never have to let them get the best of you. For you can make your own changes, and make them for the better.

The world changes, and those changes challenge you to respond. Though you rarely can control or even influence the changes, you have full control over the way you respond.

Though the changes may seem to threaten all you know, including your very identity, that’s really not the case. Even while storms of change rage on the outside, you can remain strong and firm in your values, priorities and commitments on the inside. 

You can use that strength to take every change in stride. With it, you can support and expand all you love and value through every change that comes. 

Changes are uncomfortable, and in that discomfort you feel your own power, urging you to put it to positive use. When changes come, engage that power to learn, adapt, improve and make the best of who you are, even better. 

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