Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-30-2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Today's Gift

I'll walk where my own nature would be leading--It vexes me to choose another guide. . . . --Emily Bronte

We journey across many intersections in our lives. Some may point in two directions, while others lead off in several. Our choice of direction can be difficult, especially when our friends choose a road we know to be dangerous. When this happens, we can choose to go our own way without them. If they begin to tease and taunt us about our decisions, may we remember that they are as scared as we were about their friends' reaction. We are not, after all, living for someone else. If we would be leaders, we can be assured that true leadership comes from following our own directions with confidence that it's right for us, not from fear of losing others' company.

We can let others live their own lives without us, if their direction is not for us. We can walk away with pride, satisfied in the knowledge that we refused to allow other people's fears change our decisions.

How have I gone my own way recently?

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

If You Walk With Lame People You'll soon Limp Yourself. Seaman McManus

Before recovery, we kept company with people who were as sick as us, or worse. We got angry and made fun of people who were trying to improve their lives. They scared us. They were like mirrors that reflected how spiritually lost we were becoming. Now we walk in the crowd we avoided. Now we have values. We have spiritual beliefs. Living up to these values and beliefs can be hard. We need to be around people who live by their values. In recovery, we learn that we need others. Remember, the first word in Step One is we. We need good people in our lives. We need friends who will not tell us what we want to hear, but what we are doing wrong.

Prayer for the Day: Sometimes I act like I need no one. Help me pick my friends wisely, for my life is at stake.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll pick one friend, and we'll talk about how we can better help each other.

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

One Day At A Time

Review the Day
When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? . . .
What could we have done better? . . .
After making our review, we ask our Higher Power's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 89

Thought to Ponder . . .
Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H =
Facing All, Intuitively Trusting Him/Her.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Every action creates progress
by Ralph Marston

Every action creates progress. Even when the results are not what you seek, you have moved closer to the goal by taking action.

Often, the times when you’re making the most progress are the times when it feels like your efforts are not getting you anywhere at all. Yet when you’re making those efforts, you’re making progress.

With every mistake, you’re learning more about what doesn’t work and what does. With every dead end you reach, you’re becoming more familiar with the territory.

Yes, of course your goal is to get the results you want. Don’t intentionally seek disappointing results, but don’t let them stop you either.

Realize that even the setbacks prove the value of your efforts. Then get back up, with more knowledge and experience than ever, and make more efforts.

Whatever the outcome of a particular action, that action has created progress. Keep going, keep taking action, keep getting better and better at it, and you’ll arrive at precisely where you wish to go.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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