Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-12-2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Today's Gift

Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination. —Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Our minds mold who we become. Our thoughts not only contribute to our achievements, they determine the posture of our lives. How very powerful they are. Fortunately, we have the power to think the thoughts we choose, which means our lives will unfold much as we expect.

The seeds we plant in our minds indicate the directions we'll explore in our development. And we won't explore areas we've never given attention to in our reflective moments. We must dare to dream extravagant, improbable dreams if we intend to find a new direction, and the steps necessary to it.

We will not achieve, we will not master that which goes unplanned in our dream world. We imagine first, and then we conceive the execution of a plan. Our minds prepare us for success. They can also prepare us for failure if we let our thoughts become negative.

I can succeed with my fondest hopes. But I must believe in my potential for success. I will ponder the positive today.

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

It may be those who do most, dream most.---Stephen Leacock

Daydreaming gives us hope. It makes our world bigger. As we meditate, we daydream. Through our daydreaming, we get to know ourselves, our spirit, and our Higher Power. What special work can we do? Our dreams can tell us.

There is time to work and time to dream. Daydreaming helps us find the work our Higher Power wants us to do.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, please speak to me through my daydreams.

Action for the Day: I’ll set aside time to daydream. I will look into a candle flame, at picture, or out a window, and let my mind wander.

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

One Day At A Time

We recoiled from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist
who refused to perform a certain experiment lest it prove his pet theory wrong.
Of course we finally did experiment, and when unexpected results followed,
we felt different; in fact we knew different; and so we were sold on meditation and prayer.
And that, we have found, can happen to anybody who tries.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 97

Thought to Ponder . . .
Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Attitude Adjustment.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

It can be done
by Ralph Marston

What you can imagine, you can accomplish. It can be done. Yes, it’s very likely that there are difficult obstacles standing in your way. Still, it can be done. Perhaps no one has ever done it before. Yet it most certainly can be done. Maybe no one believes you can do it. Even so, when you believe in it and commit to it, when you are ready to do whatever is necessary, it can indeed be done.

Go ahead and connect yourself solidly to whatever you truly treasure most in life. Consider the most positive, meaningful, fulfilling possibilities you can imagine, and begin to make them happen. The best of those possibilities are yours to fulfill. Think of the incredible value you can bring to the world by doing so.

Every moment of every day you are committed to something, you are working toward something. So imagine the very best of your possibilities, stay focused on them, and work your way steadily there. Know that it can be done, and spend your days making it happen.

Read many more messages from Ralph Marston at

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