Friday, October 9, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-9-2015

Friday, October 9, 2015
Today's Gift

...but time and chance happeneth to them all. —Ecclesiastes

Life, director of the comedy, always lets things get a little out of hand. We all know what would be normal and right, but the right horse sometimes finishes last in the race, and the jerk has all the money. The wise people, like us, are ignored by all, and the good woman gets in trouble with the law. The saint cheats on his income tax, but he never gets caught the way the needy ones like us do, and the worst sinners get saved in the nick of time, while the fittest sometimes just drop dead.

If all the best-laid plans go wrong, maybe we are meant to learn that such important things aren't so important, after all.

If the skies are custard pies waiting to plop down on our hopeful faces, maybe it is best to accept the gift, count it a blessing, and lick our chops.

How have my failures been successes in disguise?

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

A person should never be ashamed to own they were in the wrong.---Jonathan Swift

In the past, we felt a mistake was a crisis. We thought we had a to be perfect.
Our old ways was to try to hide our mistakes. We were ashamed. We thought
making mistakes meant we were bad.

Mistakes are normal. We can learn from our mistakes. They can teach us.
They can guide us. The Tenth Step directs us to promptly admit when we’re
wrong. Then, over time, we start to see mistakes as normal life events. As
we face and correct our mistakes, shame is washed away. We feel lighter.
We know it is normal to make mistakes.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me see that mistakes are normal life
events. Help me promptly admit when I’m wrong.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll talk to someone I trust about mistakes I’ve made
the past week. I’ll not act ashamed of my mistakes.

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

One Day At A Time

I have more than enough to handle today, without dragging along yesterday's baggage too.
I must balance today's books, if I am to have a chance tomorrow.
So I ask myself if I have erred and how can I avoid repeating that particular behavior.
Did I hurt anyone, did I help anyone, and why?
Some of today is bound to spill over into tomorrow, but most of it need not if I make an honest daily inventory.
- Daily Reflections, p. 287

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

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B A T H =
Behavior, Attitude, Thinking, Habits.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator 

Thankful for the past
by Ralph Marston

You can’t change the past. So there’s no point in continuing to rehash it in your mind.

Yes, there is much you can learn from the past. Once you’ve learned what there is to learn, move quickly on.

Though you can’t change the past, you can choose the way you feel about it. Your best choice is to always feel thankful that your past has brought you to where you are.

Where you are now is a place and time filled with great possibilities. Choose the most positive and meaningful of those possibilities, and go with them. 

Go into the future with a sincere sense of gratitude and purposeful intention. Go into the future informed and inspired by the past, but not burdened by it. 

The past has been good to you because it has given you the opportunity of now. Wisely use that opportunity and make the future even better. 

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