Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-24-2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Today's Gift

We will sabotage ourselves if we don't believe we deserve success.

Maybe we could try a different approach - stop torturing ourselves for the things we have done wrong and then try forgiveness instead. We can make amends by doing service work – a way of keeping that self-sabotaging guilt at bay.

Sometimes people don't know how to directly ask for forgiveness, but their behaviors will tell us that's what they're saying. Whenever somebody asks for forgiveness, whenever we have a list of resentments, whenever we've done something wrong, it's a good time to start making things right.

From the book 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact by Melody Beattie:


Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. --Abraham Heschel

Most of us have struggled with our self-esteem. We believed if we felt better about ourselves we could change some of our behavior. In recovery we found the reverse to be true. First our behavior changed, then our self-esteem improved.

Only after we stop doing things we don't respect can we hear and accept the goodwill of others around us. Then we see our value as men because we are upholding strong self-images by our actions. This is not easy to do. As we learn, we continue to say no to weak behaviors, and we are released to feel greater dignity.

Action for the Day: Saying no to my negative behavior today will improve my self-respect.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time

Today I am grateful for a new life, one in which my prayers are those of thanksgiving.
My prayer time is more for listening than for talking. I know today that if I cannot change the wind, I can adjust my sail.
I know the difference between superstition and spirituality.
I know there is a graceful way of being right, and many ways to be wrong.
- Daily Reflections, p. 314

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life is fragile, handle with prayer and meditation.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P R A Y E R = Praying Regularly Allows Your Everyday Recovery.

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

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Choose to be positive

by Ralph Marston

When you feel good, you make the world a better place. Because when you feel good, that good feeling flows out from you into others.

It is not selfish or self-centered to feel good. What’s selfish is to burden the world with more negativity.

Give yourself permission to rise above that negativity. Give yourself permission to be a positive influence in this day, and every day.

You don’t have to react to misfortune or disappointment by bringing yourself down. You can just as realistically move forward in a positive way.

Decide that if the worst happens, you’ll respond by being your best. Decide that when the best happens, you’ll grab the opportunity to make it even better.

Choose to be positive, helpful, encouraging, compassionate and joyful, no matter what. And add new richness and beauty wherever you go.

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

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