Monday, November 9, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-9-2015

Monday, November 9, 2015
Today's Gift

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. —Thomas Carlyle

Silence does not draw attention to itself. It is the ultimate in letting go and letting be. It is the opposite of the great dramatic event, so we easily forget silence is a basic means by which we grow. We live in a "can do" society that applauds a man of action who gets a job done. Perhaps we learned to think that being alone in silence is empty time with nothing happening.

In truth, some great things happen only by decisive action, but other great things happen only when we get ourselves out of the way and simply allow them to occur. It would be foolish to believe only in action and miss the benefits that come from quiet moments. When we withdraw from the hubbub of the world around us and quiet our minds, we are making room for great things to fashion themselves together.

Today, I will remember the importance of silence in my growth. I will set aside some of my busyness and be still.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. --Henry David Thoreau

One of the greatest gifts of our lives is the ability to enjoy solitude. Many of us are unable to enjoy this gift. We are too busy--busy with work, with friends, with entertainment.

When we slow down, we find out we can feel peaceful when we are alone. For most of us, solitude is ordinary--we each find our private place and take up our favorite activities: fishing, sewing, writing, building models, and making pictures. These simple activities are so much fun it's hard to figure out why it took us so long to calm down and enjoy them.

Our dreams may be quite ordinary. We can learn how to find them.

Action for the Day: Today I will start doing some ordinary activities have I been putting off because I think I'm too busy.

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

One Day At A Time

Life is meant to be lived by facing the challenges it brings. Otherwise, I'm not living, just existing.
My Higher Power didn't give me this gift of sobriety to sit in a rocking chair,
imagining myself some wise old woman who has arrived somewhere. There is no easier, softer way. . .
The teaching I receive in in life about courage and love helps me to continue to grapple with the challenges of life as they are given to me, one day at a time.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 320

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life is a gift.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Alive.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Progress is progress
by Ralph Marston

Even when you’re unable to do a lot, you still can do a little. A small effort advances life much more than no effort at all, and those small efforts add up.

When you’re not able to get all the work done, don’t waste your time pouting about it. Utilize your time to get some of the work done.

Progress is progress, whether it’s small, large, fast or slow. Instead of making excuses or regrets, make progress.

This day affords you opportunity, so use it while you have it. When you’re prevented from doing one thing, move on to something else.

Stride confidently, step by step, in the direction you’ve chosen, doing what you can with what you have. Interruptions, disappointments, distractions and delays will come, and through them all you can keep going.

With your effort and commitment, trade each small moment for a small victory. Moment by moment, day by day, allow achievement to steadily unfold through your actions.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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