Monday, December 28, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-28-2015

Monday, December 28, 2015
Today's Gift

The clock is running. Make the most of today... Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present. ― Alice Morse Earle

As we approach a new year, many of us feel fear. We look back on the past and worry about the future. But if we remember we only have today, we can work to make that future better. We have found true friends in our life, and this is a time to be with them.

Am I ensuring a fruitful future by working with all I've got today?

Higher Power, I pray for guidance for today and for freedom from worry about tomorrow.

From the book Day by Day ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple


Just as when we were children and grew out of favorite toys and clothes, we sometimes grow out of things as adults - people, jobs, and homes. This can be confusing. We may wonder why someone or something that was so special and important to us last year doesn't fit the same way in our life today. We may wonder why our feelings have changed.

When we were children, we may have tried to fit an outgrown article of clothing on to our body. Now, as adults, we may go through a time of trying to force fit attitudes that we have outgrown. We may need to do this to give ourselves time to realize the truth. What worked last year, what was so important and special to us in times past, doesn't work anymore because we've changed. We've grown.

We can accept this as a valid and important part of life. We can let ourselves go through experimentation and grief as we struggle to make something fit, trying to figure out if indeed it no longer fits, and why. We can explore our feelings and thoughts around what has happened.

Then, we can put last year's toys away and make room for the new.

Action for the Day: Today, I will let last year's toys be what they were: last year's toys. I will remember them with fondness for the part they played in my life. Then, I will put them away and make room for the new.

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

One Day At A Time

Red Flags
Many years later, although alcohol or drugs are not part of my life and I no longer have the compulsion to drink or use, it can still occur to me what a good drink tastes like and what it can do for me, from my stand-at-attention alcoholic taste buds right down to my stretched out tingling toes.
As my sponsor used to point out, such thoughts are like red flags, telling me that something is not right, that I am stretched beyond my sober limit. It's time to get back to basic AA and see what needs changing.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 396-397

Thought to Ponder . . .
When I got busy, I got better.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = H
onesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Life is good and life is yours
by Ralph Marston

Life is good and life is yours. Life is beautiful and you are here to see it, to be it and to define it.

Life is filled with challenges and with opportunities to grow strong by moving through those challenges. Life is filled with abundance and with countless ways to express that abundance.

Life gives you chances to enjoy rich, meaningful connections with others who are living their lives. Life is a canvas upon which you can paint joyous moments and share the unique beauty that flows from your spirit.

This is one precious day in your priceless life. Give to it, and to all who inhabit it, the love, the respect, the attention and effort they all deserve.

Give to yourself the experience of living fully, with love and joy and purpose. Give to the world a shining example of a rich and meaningful life well lived.

Right now, life is good and life is yours. Take that goodness and make a whole lot more.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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