Friday, November 13, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-13-2015

Friday, November 13, 2015
Today's Gift

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. --Kathleen Casey Theisen

How awesome is our power, personally, to choose our attitudes and our responses to any situation, to every situation. We will feel only how we choose to feel, no matter the circumstance. Happiness is as free an option as sorrow.

Perceiving our challenges as opportunities for positive growth rather than stumbling blocks in our path to success is a choice readily available. What is inevitable--a matter over which we have no choice--is that difficult times, painful experiences will visit us. We can, however, greet them like welcome guests, celebrating their blessings on us and the personal growth they inspire.

No circumstance demands suffering. Every circumstance has a silver lining. In one instance you may choose to feel self-pity; in the next, gladness.

We do not always feel confident about our choices, even when we accept the responsibility for making them. Prayer and meditation, guidance from our higher power, can help us make the right choice every time.

I will relish my freedom to choose, to feel, to act. I and only I can take it away.

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

Letting Our Anger Out
It's okay to be angry, but it isn't healthy to be resentful. Regardless of what we learned as children, no matter what we saw role modeled, we can learn to deal with our anger in ways that are healthy for us and for those around us. We can have our angry feelings. We can connect with them, own them, and feel them, express them, release them, and be done with them.

We can learn to listen to what anger is telling us about what we want and need in order to take care of ourselves.

Sometimes we can even indulge in angry feelings that aren't justified. Feelings are just feelings; there is no morality in the feeling, only in our behavior. We can feel angry without hurting or abusing others or ourselves. We can learn to deal with anger in ways that benefit our relationships instead of ways that harm them.

If we don't feel our angry feelings today, we will need to face them tomorrow.

Action for the Day: Today, I will let myself feel my anger. I will express my anger appropriately, without guilt. Then I will be done with it.

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

One Day At A Time

Keep It Simple

A New Dimension
In the late stages of our active dysfuntion, the will to resist has fled.
Yet when we admit complete defeat and when we become entirely ready to try AA principles,
our obsession leaves us and we enter a new dimension -- freedom under our Higher Power as we understand Them.
As Bill Sees It, p. 283

Thought to Ponder . . .
A new world came into view.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Feel good about yourself
by Ralph Marston

Sure, it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself. Yet feeling good about yourself is just as easy, and a lot more empowering.

Whether you decide to feel sorry for yourself or good about yourself, you can come up with all kinds of reasons to support your decision. So make the more positive choice to feel good about yourself.

The way you feel is a choice, not a foregone conclusion. You can make the choice that serves you best, and being positive serves you better than being negative.

Feel good about yourself, and that good feeling will carry over into every part of your life. You’ll improve interactions with others, the effectiveness of your efforts, your creativity, resourcefulness, energy level and many other things.

Feel good about yourself, your life, your situation, your expectations and possibilities. Feel good about your own life and you’ll resonate with the goodness that’s all around you.

Go ahead, let yourself feel good about yourself. And give powerful, positive value to everything you do.

Read many more messages from Ralph Marston at

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