Friday, November 20, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-20-2015

Friday, November 19, 2015
Today's Gift

Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. —Liane Cordes

Perseverance may well be our greatest asset. As we forge ahead on a project, it loses its power over us. Our confidence and abilities grow in concert with our progress on the project, preparing us to tackle the next one too.

We have something special, uniquely our own to offer in this life. And we also have the potential to offer it successfully. However, we don't always realize our potential. Many of us stifled our development with fears of failure, low self-worth, assumed inadequacies. The past need plague us no longer.

Help is readily available for us to discover our capacities for success. Abilities stand ready to be tapped; goals and projects await our recognition. Any commitment we make to a task that draws our interest will be reinforced by our Higher Power's commitment to our efforts. We have a partner. Our efforts are always doubled when we make them - truly make them.

I will not back away from a project today. I will persevere and find completion. I'll feel completed.

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

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills. --Minna Antrim

It is not by chance but by design that the sorrows we experience throughout our lives are countered by equal servings of joy. One offsets the other. And we are strengthened by their combination.

Our longing for only life's joys is human--also folly. Joy would become insipid if it were our steady diet. Joyful times serve us well as respites from the trying situations that push our growth and development.

Laughter softens the cutting edges of the lessons we seek or are cornered by. It offers perspective when the outlook is bleak. And for those of us who are recovering, wallowing in the bleaker times used to be acceptable behavior. But no more. The reality is that each day will present both occasions for anguish and ones inviting easy laughter. Both are valuable. Neither should dominate.

Joy and sorrow are analogous to the ebb and flow of the ocean tide. They are natural rhythms. And we are mellowed by their presence when we accept them as necessary to our very existence.

Action for the day: Any pain today guarantees an equal amount of pleasure, if I willingly accept them both.

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

One Day At A Time

I've felt more pain sober than I'd ever allowed myself to feel while drinking. I don't always see the purpose of these struggles, but by the grace of my Higher Power I've learned not to fight as much and try to learn from them.
Willingness to take the gift of a working faith and fellowship with AA members
has given me one more day of sobriety, for which I am very grateful.
What's different today? The difference is hope.
The AA Grapevine, August 1966

Thought to Ponder . . .
Hope is the key that unlocks the door of discouragement.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = Heart Open; Please Enter.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Do what is difficult
by Ralph Marston

Achievement is the result of doing what is difficult. If you’re not willing to do what is difficult, you won’t get very far.

Doing what is difficult is not really as bad as it might seem, when you simply go ahead and do it. Stop avoiding, quit procrastinating, and you actually make it easier to do what is difficult and necessary.

Many times you’ve seen how working through challenges can strengthen you. You’ve felt your confidence grow by choosing to face life’s difficulties rather than hide from them.

In difficulty is great opportunity. Be the person who seizes that opportunity.

Jump in and take on the tough assignments. Be willing to do what is difficult, and you bring success, satisfaction, new value and fulfillment into your life.

Show life how much you love it by having the courage to do what is necessary, even when it is difficult, uncomfortable and inconvenient. Do what is difficult, and leave a positive trail wherever you go.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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