Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-22-2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Today's Gift

Trust yourself. You've survived a lot, and you'll survive whatever is coming. - Robert Tew

Holding Your Own

Trust yourself. Trust what you know.

Sometimes, it is hard to stand in our own truth and trust what we know, especially when others would try to convince us otherwise.

In these cases, others may be dealing with issues of guilt and shame. They may have their own agenda. They may be immersed in denial. They would like us to believe that we do not know what we know; they would like us not to trust ourselves; they would prefer to engage us in their nonsense.

We don't have to forfeit our truth or our power to others. That is codependency.

Believing lies is dangerous. When we stop trusting our truth, when we repress our instincts, when we tell ourselves there must be something wrong with us for feeling what we feel or believing what we believe, we deal a deadly blow to our self and our health.

When we discount that important part of ourselves that knows what is the truth, we cut ourselves off from our center. We feel crazy. We get into shame, fear, and confusion. We can't get our bearings when we allow someone to pull the rug from under us.

This does not mean that we are never wrong. But we are not always wrong.

Be open. Stand in our truth. Trust what you know. And refuse to buy into denial, nonsense, bullying, or coercion that would like to take you off course.

Ask to be shown the truth, clearly - not by the person trying to manipulate or convince you, but by yourself, your Higher Power, and the Universe.

Today, I will trust my truth, my instincts, and my ability to ground myself in reality. I will not allow myself to be swayed by bullying, manipulating, games, dishonesty, or people with peculiar agendas.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

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

A holier-than-thou attitude within us is often a sign of unconscious dishonesty. Who hasn't had the feeling of being superior to the angry outburst or the near slip of another man - and then found himself in the very same spot the next day? What we least want to admit about ourselves is what we are most likely to feel self-righteous about.

Since our blind spots and self-deception leave us vulnerable to returning to old behaviors, we must attack them vigorously. The person we feel most self-righteous toward may be the person we could learn the most from. When we stop focusing on them, we may notice they touches our most sensitive area. 

Action for the Day: I will use my self-righteous feelings to point me to my own blind spots.

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

One Day At A Time

An Answer
If you still think you are strong enough to beat the game alone, that is your affair.
But if you really and truly want to quit a dysfunctional behavior for good and all, and sincerely feel that you must have some help, we know that we have an answer for you.
It never fails, if you go about it with one half the zeal you have been in the habit of showing when you were acting out your dysfunction.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 181

Thought to Ponder . . .
If we want to quit 
a dysfunctional behavior , we are going to have to quit acting out that dysfunction.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
nswer Available.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

What you say
by Ralph Marston

Truth has little need of elaborate explanation. The fewer words you can use, the more meaning they have.

Speak what you know to be true. And there will be no need to hide your thoughts behind your words.

Words have little meaning if there is no conviction to support them. When your words come directly from who you most sincerely are, they carry with them great power.

Do not make the mistake of attempting to deceive others with what you say. For once your words are found to be insincere, you will have great difficulty being taken seriously again. 

Words are easy to say. Yet for those words to have any meaning or power, they must closely match the reality of your actions and your being. 

Speak clearly, truthfully, with respect and humility. From the truth of who you are, comes the best of what you say.

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