Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-5-2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Today's Gift

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it. ― Jordan Belfort

Stop building cases

You don't have to build a big drama around your life. We may need to end a relationship or explore a new career. Instead of simply saying, This is what I'm going to do, we build a case.

Like a lawyer getting ready to go to court, we prepare our arguments. We take one feeling and build a hundred page document around it, prepared to battle our case.

You can build cases if you want to. But usually, there's a hidden feeling underneath all that case building that's asking to be cleared. It could be a tinge of guilt or fear. Or it could just be the belief that it's not okay to clearly express ourselves, say how it feels to us, and do what we need to do to take care of ourselves.

Let go of the drama. Just say what you need and how it feels to you.

Be as simple and clear as you can in expressing yourself. If you find yourself building a case or creating a big dramatic scene, take a moment. Why are you making such a fuss?

High Power, help me keep it simple, especially when it comes to expressing myself.

From More Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The future is made of the same stuff as the present. --Simone Weil

The only lessons that matter for our lives at this time will come to us today. Just as what we needed and were ready for yesterday came yesterday, tomorrow insures more of the same. Concerning ourselves with any other moment but the present prevents us from responding when "the teacher appears."

In years gone by, we perhaps hung onto yesterday's problems. We may still struggle to hang onto them. Or perhaps we try to see too far ahead. But we are learning that there is a right time for all growth. A right time for all experiences. And the right time may not fit our timetable. What doesn't come our way today, will come when the time is right. Each day we are granted just what is needed. We need not worry about the future. It will offer us whatever rightly comes next, but it can't do so until we have experienced these 24 hours before us.

Action for the Day: There is wonder and joy awaiting me, each day. The growth I experience is just what is needed at this time. I am a student, and the teacher will appear.

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

One Day At A Time

I have shortcomings and defects of character. I never have been and never can be perfect.
As that realization became a part of me -- and it took time -- it brought me one of the greatest of the many blessings that have come to me from AA.
I learned to accept myself as a fallible human being. I do not have to strive for perfection.
Mistakes are permissible. I have the right to be wrong. And what a comfort that thought is to me,
as I make my bemused way through life, one foot in a bucket, pushing on doors marked "Pull."
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], pp. 167-168

Thought to Ponder . . .
Let me be wise enough to know when I am wrong.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K = Thank Heavens, I Now Know.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Have a little patience

by Ralph Marston

What you gain in an instant can be lost in an instant. Have a little patience, invest in the long term, and create real value that lasts.

Be thankful that the good things take time to build. The time and energy you give are what make the good things worth having.

When you demand to have every desire met immediately, you end up with a whole lot of anxiety and frustration. Have a little patience, allow life to unfold at a rich and sustainable pace, and enjoy fulfillment as it is created.

Hurrying deprives you of living. The point of life is to live it fully, not to rush through every little part.

Take a deep, slow breath, and remind yourself how fortunate you are already. Remind yourself too that being patient and composed is much more effective than being nervous and restless.

Today, in these circumstances, and every day, in every circumstance, have a little patience. And enjoy a rich, rewarding life.

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