Friday, October 2, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-2-2015

Friday, October 2, 2015
Today's Gift

One ought, each day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak, a few reasonable words. —Goethe

A spiritual person can nourish their growing spirit through enriching and beautiful experiences. Such experiences might be quiet meditation, reading something, which provides ideas to ponder, conversation with a friend, or listening to music. We have been taught to focus on things more than on people, on goals and achievement, and we neglect to provide ourselves with nourishment for our minds and souls.

Life's experiences include joy and beauty and pain and grief. If we are uplifted every day by beauty in its many forms, we are strengthened and carried along to meet the tougher parts of our day. We may need to push some other things aside to have it. Perhaps some jobs can wait until tomorrow, and we can linger over a meal with our loved ones. Maybe mowing the lawn or fixing the car isn't as important as a half-hour of good music. Do we make space for nourishing moments in each day?

I am grateful for the beauty all around. Help me keep life more balanced so I can receive the spiritual nourishment it provides.

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

Stars have always helped me to get things into perspective . . . I tried to let the starlight heal something deep in me that hurt. --Madeleine L'Engle

For a long time, people have used stars to find their way in the dark. Many a lost soul has been guided by the North Star or the Big Dipper.

If we watch the sky at night, we can see thousands of twinkling stars. They are our friends. They remind us how small we are. They remind us of the vastness of the universe, of the power and beauty that surround us.

Starlight in the sky, or reflected on a lake, can comfort us when we hurt. With safe and open arms, nature accepts our sorrow, no matter how we express it. Starlight, like all of nature, reflects a light that comes from way beyond us. It is that light that heals us in a deep and quiet way.

Action for the Day: I will reflect on how has nature comforted me when I am troubled.

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

One Day At A Time

Most importantly, I know who I am. I know my goals, dreams and boundaries,
and I know how to protect, nurture, and validate them.
Those are the true rewards of sobriety, and they're what I was looking for all along.
I am so grateful that my Higher Power stepped in to show me the way to the truth.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 327

Thought to Ponder . . .
Gratitude is not a word in AA. It's an action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P R O G R A M =
Prayer, Recovery, Open-mindedness, Gratitude, Reality, Acceptance, Meetings.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator 

Light the darkness
by Ralph Marston

Find some way to be thankful for your troubles. For it is a great way to start moving beyond them.

Gratitude is always a powerful place to begin. Find something for which to be thankful, and you’ll discover a valuable way to move positively ahead.

Being resourceful does not mean that you have more resources than anyone else. Being resourceful means that you’re able to see and to make full use of the resources available to you.

That’s especially important when obstacles, troubles, frustrations and tragedies threaten to overwhelm you. Look at those troubles not with dismay, but with gratitude for the value that you know is there. 

Yes, it may seem strange to be thankful for your difficulties. Yet it certainly beats the alternative, which is to let those difficulties get the best of you. 

Have the courage and the insight to practice gratitude, even when things are at their darkest. And it will shine a positive, empowering light on even the most difficult situation.

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