Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-17-2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Today's Gift

Grief and Action

Trust in your Higher Power and do something. —Mary Lyon

It's important to let ourselves grieve as a passage between yesterday and tomorrow. But we do not have to be controlled unduly by our grief, or our pain.

There are times when we have grieved, surrendered to the heaviness, tiredness, and weariness of a circumstance long enough. It becomes time to break out. It comes time to take action.

We will know when it's time to break the routine of grieving. There will be signs within and around us. We will become tired of the heaviness. An idea will occur; an opportunity will present itself. We may think: No. Too much effort... Do it anyway. Try something. Reach out. Stretch. Do something unusual, something different, and something special.

A new activity may help trigger the transformation process. Stay up two hours later than usual! Make an appointment to do something for yourself that is different from what you usually do. Visit someone you haven't seen in years. Do something to encourage and help the new energy coming your way.

We may not feel like breaking out of grief. It may feel safer, easier, to remain in our cocoon. Begin pushing out anyway.

Test the walls of your cocoon. Push. Push a little harder. It may be time to emerge.

Today, I will trust my Higher Power and the process, but I will also take action to help myself feel better.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

To wait for moments or places where no pain exists, no separation is felt and where all human restlessness has turned into inner peace is waiting for a dream world. --Henri J. M. Nouwen

Anytime we do a spot check on our anxiety or personal restlessness we will probably find some. As long as we are aware and alive we can expect to have some discomfort, some fear of loss, some doubt. Our program does not totally rid us of these pains. Perhaps our old ways sought absolute peace or escape through abuse of chemicals or food or gambling or sex, but the serenity we seek in our recovery comes through honesty with ourselves and acceptance of the incompleteness of our lives.

When we make room for the pain in our lives, we allow the river of our emotions to flow. It will carry us along to other feelings like happiness and peace. Conflicting feelings can exist side by side in our lives, and when we try to control true feelings of restlessness or pain, we dam the flow of emotions and block the pleasant ones as well as the difficult ones.

Action for the Day: I am moving to a real world where I know and accept my feelings.

One Day At A Time

What happens outside me is less important than what's happening inside. My being does attract my life; repeated work with each of the Twelve Steps generates changes within me that are reflected in improvements around me.
Simple, but not easy, the AA program gives me everything needed to become what I should be.
Finally, there is no you or me or them. Everything is connected to everything else,
and the salvation of each of us is linked to the salvation of all of us.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 129

Thought to Ponder . . .
Together we can do what we could never do alone.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E L L O W S H I P =
Faith, Empathy, Learning, Love, Openness, Wisdom,
Self-worth, Hope, Insight, Peace.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Enjoying life
by Ralph Marston

Make today a great day by enjoying it. Make your efforts effective by enjoying them.

Enjoyment gives positive energy to wherever you are and whatever you are doing. The more you enjoy anything, the more reasons you have to enjoy it.

It may be tempting to try and feel superior by complaining and looking down on life. But any feeling of superiority that comes from doing so is just an illusion.

You are always at your best when you enjoy yourself and the people and circumstances that surround you. You are naturally inclined to get better and better at doing the things you enjoy.

The more of life you can enjoy, the more effective you will be. So it makes sense to enjoy as much as you can.

Whatever the situation, find a way to enjoy yourself in it. Become skilled and experienced at enjoying life, and always live life at its best.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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