Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-8-2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Today's Gift

Learn what you are and be such. —Pindar

The most precious gift we can give those closest to us is honesty. Yet we often hide our true selves from friends, fearing we won't be accepted or loved if we let them see the real us. Often, we show parts of ourselves that hide who we really are. We have often heard ourselves or others say, "My parents would just die if . . . ," or, "don't argue in front of the children."

If we hide too much behind false images, we run the risk of losing track of what is real and what is false. We become actors instead of real people, trying to please Aunt Jane, our grandparents, our big brother, or our children.

When we conquer our fear of letting others in, we are able to see ourselves honestly. When we discover that others accept us as we are, we can accept and love ourselves. To know oneself is to know a person of value.

What part of me have I been hiding?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day


Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

If there are two hundred people in a room and one of them doesn't like me, I've got to get out. --Marlon Brando

How much acceptance is enough for us? Do we feel one person's criticism undermines the acceptance of 199 others? Do we get so focused on one person's negative response to us that we cannot hear the positive? If we are unable to accept criticism from others, it becomes a sink without a plug, draining away all the positives we naturally have in our life.

As we become a spiritual person, we're able to detach from negative and critical messages. We must still hear them. We must still listen to their messages because we can learn from them. But we can separate ourselves from the negative message. We can make a mistake. Someone can dislike us. But we do not give up our places as equal, worthwhile persons for any reason.

Action for the Day: God, I pray for your support when my own strength to stand up for myself falters.

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

One Day At A Time

In shame and despair, I went to my first AA meeting. By some minor miracle,
I was able to suspend opinion, analysis, judgment, and criticism, and instead to listen and hear.
I heard someone say that AA works for those who work for it, those who put action into the program. . .
I heard that I should forget about yesterday and instead concentrate on today and staying away from the first drink today -- now.
I tried it and it worked.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 42

Thought to Ponder . . .
I must walk into darkness to find the light.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
lways Awesome.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Your day to be strong
by Ralph Marston

This day provides you with plenty of opportunities to be strong. Embrace those opportunities and experience how great it feels to exercise your own strength.

Frustrating situations do not have to frustrate you, because you’re stronger than that. Temptations do not have to tempt you, because you have the strength to move on past them.

You have the strength to be purposeful and focused. You’re able to accomplish what you choose to accomplish by harnessing your strength to do what must be done.

Whether your strength has recently been dormant or whether you’ve been making use of it, today it can grow even stronger. Commit yourself to be your true self in a way that’s stronger and more positive than ever. 

Feel your own strength as it grows, and watch new possibilities jump into view. Enjoy the richness that comes from living with strength, and be inspired to expand that strength. 

Today is your day to be strong, purposeful and full of life. Give yourself the great satisfaction of living your strength in every moment.

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