Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-21-2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Today's Gift

The strength of the drive determines the force required to suppress it. —Mary Jane Sherfey

We are all struggling to succeed. And each day of our lives we'll be confronted with major or minor adversities that might well interfere with our success. Adversities don't have to hinder us, however. They can strengthen us, if we incorporate them as opportunities for growth.

For many of us, the ability to handle adversity is a fairly recent phenomenon. And not always can we do it securely and with ease. But we are coming to believe that a power greater than ourselves is at hand and will guarantee us all the strength we'll ever need. Knowing that action is always possible, that passive acceptance of any condition need never be necessary are unconditional gifts of living.

Our path forward is as certain as our commitment to it, our belief in the strength of the program, and our faith that all is well even when times are troubled. No one ever promised that our new way of life would be always easy. But we have been promised that we'll arrive at our proper destination if we do the footwork and let our Higher Power do the navigating.

Success is at hand. I will apply what I'm learning, and I'll meet it.

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

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.---Anonymous

Nobody’s always wrong. Nobody’s all bad. And that includes us.
Sometimes, we really get down on ourselves. When we do Step Four, we sometimes see only our faults. When we make our Step Ten checkup, we see only our mistakes. We can’t afford to do this. We need to see our strengths too. But even our faults have a good side. Are you stubborn? Good---be stubborn, you know how to hang on to feelings. So, hang on to the good feelings instead of the bad ones.

Each of us is good and wise. What’s good about us got twisted by our disease. But now we can get the kinks out. We are sober, and we have a program to help us.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to see the good in myself and others.

Action for the Day: I’ll take another look at my faults today. How can I use them in good ways?

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

One Day At A Time

If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it
-- then you are ready to take certain steps.
At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.
With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start.
Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58

Thought to Ponder . . .
A fear faced is a fear erased.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W =
Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Give yourself an intention
by Ralph Marston

If you’re not following a meaningful purpose, you’ll end up following a meaningless one. If you have no specific intention for the day, the world will steal your precious time in the form of empty distractions.

You have the energy, skills and knowledge to do great and valuable things right now. A specific intention, with a commitment to that intention, will put it all to good use.

As useless as they are, the world’s distractions can be very compelling nonetheless. Give yourself an intention that is even more compelling.

Decide what you will do with the unique opportunity that is this day. Plant your intention firmly in your awareness, and keep it there. 

You don’t have to be tossed around by a chaotic, contradictory and confusing world. You don’t have to settle for regret at the end of the day. 

You can plot a course, and stay true to that course all day long. Set your intention, use this day to make it happen, and give your world value that can be treasured and enjoyed for a long time to come. 

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