Monday, October 5, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-5-2015

Monday, October 5, 2015
Today's Gift

I look in the mirror through the eyes of the child that was me. --Judy Collins

The child within each of us is fragile, but very much alive, and they interprets our experiences before we are even conscious of them. It is our child who may fear new places, unfamiliar people, and strange situations. Our child needs nurturing, the kind They may not have received in the past. We can take their hand, coax them along, let them know they won't be abandoned. No new place, unfamiliar person, or strange situation need overwhelm her.

It's quite amazing the strength that comes to us when we nurture ourselves, when we acknowledge the scared child within and hold that child making them secure. We face nothing alone. Together, we can face anything.

I will take care of my inner child today and I won't abandon that child to face alone any of the experiences the day may bring.

From the book Each Day a New Beginning by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

That which is called firmness in a king is called stubbornness in a
donkey. ---Lord Erskine

“Rigid” is a fancy word for “stubborn.” We act this way because
of our fear. When we’re afraid, we hang on to what we’re used to
doing. Our illness had us so scared, we were afraid of the new ideas
and new people. The only thing that didn’t scare us was using alcohol
or other drugs.

We also were stubborn when anyone tried to help us. We thought we
knew what was best. How silly our stubborn actions made us look!
How lonely they kept us.

But our stubborn behavior can teach us about our fears. We need to
be aware our stubbornness. Then we’ll be able to find out what we’re
afraid of---and do something about it.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me know when I’m stubborn.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll work at accepting my stubbornness.
I will use it to learn what I am afraid of today.

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

One Day At A Time

The emphasis on inventory is heavy only because a great many if us have never acquired the habit of accurate self-appraisal.
Once this healthy practice has become grooved, it will be so interesting and profitable that the time it takes won't be missed.
For these minutes and sometimes hours spent in self-examination are bound to make all the other hours of our day better and happier.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 89-90

Thought to Ponder . . .
Inventory-taking is not always done in red ink.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Accept, Begin, Ccontinue.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Purposeful work
by Ralph Marston

Those who achieve are those who take the time to do it. Those who achieve are those who put forth the effort to make it happen.

Achievement can appear glamorous and out of reach at the same time, yet in truth it is neither. Achievement is built on intentional, focused, hard work, and is available to anyone willing to do that work.

When the food tastes great, or the lawn looks beautiful, or the sales of a business are growing, it is because someone did the work to make it happen. When the schedule is organized, when the show is entertaining, when the parking lot is clean, it is because people worked to make it so.

It’s easy to complain, or to feel bad about the way things are, or to dream up excuses, but those activities don’t create progress. 

Purposeful work is what creates progress. Yet there’s something even better. Apart from the rewards it brings, purposeful work is a highly satisfying thing to do. And right now is your time to do it. 

Take the time, make the effort, and feel great as you bring new value to life in this world.

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