Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-29-2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Today's Gift

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

After we get a new understanding about ourselves we think, "Now I will never have to make the same mistake again!" But our lessons are usually not that easily learned. We have to get them into our muscles and bones as well as our heads. Some of us have to learn how to be kind; others, how to be good listeners or how to stand up for ourselves in many different ways. Every new situation calls on a little different way of knowing, and perhaps we have to fall a few times in the learning.

The most important asset in our lives is the faith to get up again and continue. We must accept our imperfections. Each time we fall and with each mistake we make, we're vulnerable to doubting and losing faith. By rising again, we make progress in our learning and continue to become a better person.

Today, I will have faith, even in the midst of my mistakes.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day


Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places

Mending the past

No Regrets of the Past
"The past is best mended by living so fully today that its errors have no place in our lives." These words by an AA member suggest an approach for healing from the past.

All of us would benefit to use today's knowledge to deal with situations we mishandled in the past. But we must remember that whatever mistakes we made, we had available only the knowledge and resources we possessed the, and we may have done about as well as we possibly could at this time.

We should also remember that active alcoholism and addiction is a crippling and ugly disease with many terrible consequences. It's not surprising that bad things happened to others and us when we were drinking and drugging. We can only be grateful that we are now recovering and that matters are better, not worse, than they once were.

Action for the Day: I'll live fully today, allowing no thoughts of regret from my past to intrude.

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

Good News
I'm an alcoholic and addict, sober today, thanks to my Higher Power and the fellowship and support of AA.
That's my good news for you. It's not a very fancy statement. There's a lot more that needs to be said -- words about my Higher Power, about the incredible love AA people have for one another, about struggling with the Steps, about black battles with our own private demons. Yes, it's a whole new way of life we're talking about.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol.2], p. 24

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F =
Happy, Joyous, Free.

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

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

No matter what
by Ralph Marston

Whether the day is gray or whether it is sunny, you can make a difference. If others support you or if they conspire to stand in your way, you can make a difference.

If you have plenty of resources available to you or if you have very few, you can make a difference. If momentum is on your side or if it is not, you can make a difference.

You can wait and hope for things to go your way. Or you can get busy and make it happen.

You can complain that life has been terribly unfair. Or you can move ahead anyway and achieve what you intend, no matter what the obstacles may be.

You can plead with others to give you a break. Or you can go ahead and forge your own path to success.

Wherever you may be, whatever may have happened, you can make a positive difference. Live with commitment, decide to move forward no matter what, and you will.

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

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