Monday, December 14, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-14-2015

Monday, December 14, 2015
Today's Gift

Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbons. —Ann Ruth Schabacker

Today will be filled with surprises, big ones and small ones, like the gifts at a birthday party. Maybe we'll see a friend we haven't seen for a while. Or we'll find something we thought was lost. Whatever happens today will be special, and is meant to help us grow in just the right way.

Growing up doesn't always feel easy. We're expected to be more responsible and thoughtful of others. We're expected to be honest about our feelings and needs. If we're angry or scared, we need to tell someone. Sharing our secret about being afraid relieves us of the fear, and we feel lighter, happier, like after opening a special gift.

When I receive today's gifts, will I stop to appreciate them?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

A theme may seem to have been put aside, but it keeps returning--the same thing modulated, somewhat changed in form. --Muriel Rukeyser

No struggle we have is really new. It's another shade of the struggle that plagued us last week or perhaps last year. And we'll stumble again and again until we learn to quit struggling. The trying situations at work, or the personality type that irritates us, will always exist. But when we've come to accept as good and growth-enhancing all situations and all persons, we'll sense the subtle absence of struggle. We'll realize that the person we couldn't tolerate has become a friend. The situation we couldn't handle is resolved, forever.

The lessons we need to learn keep presenting themselves, until we've finished the homework. If we sense a struggle today, we can look at it as an assignment, one that is meant for our growth. We can remember that our struggles represent our opportunities to grow. Fortunately, the program has given us a tutor. We have a willing teacher to help us. We need to move on, to be open to other assignments. No problem will be too much for us to handle.

Action for the Day: I will enjoy my role as student today. I will be grateful for all opportunities to grow. They make possible my very special contribution in this life.

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

One Day At A Time

Facing Challenges
I know now I have a lot of work to do. There are more amends to be made, letters to be sent, responsibilities to be assumed, and honest talks to be had with loved ones.
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 as some wise old person who has arrived somewhere.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 320

Thought to Ponder . . .
There is no easier, softer way.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Where the time has gone
by Ralph Marston

Some days can make you wonder where the time has gone. However, the time has not really gone away, but has been steadily making you into who you are.

Though it can seem that time is slipping away, it is not. The moments, the hours, the days that come and then go are filling you with richness, not passing you by.

All the time, you are becoming a more experienced, wiser and more capable version of you. As time moves past it is never lost, but is woven forever into the fabric of your life.

It is never too early and never too late to embrace the moment you’re in, to live the fullness and beauty of right now. The more you make of this time while it’s here, the more valuable it will always remain in your life.

As the clock continues to tick, see that it measures not what you are losing but what you are continuing to gain. No matter what has happened before, you always can make this moment, this week, this year better than the last.

Time is yours in which to act, to love, to grow, to learn, experience and live. The more of it you live, the richer you become.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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