Friday, December 4, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-4-2015

Friday, December 4, 2015
Today's Gift

They were the first . . . self-created people in the history of the world. And their manners were their own business. And so were their politics. And so, but ten times so, were their souls. —Archibald MacLeish

There once was a child named Yemaya. Even before she could walk or talk, her mother introduced her to the trees. Yemaya touched them and they accepted her. They told her she was wonderful and she knew it was true.

As she grew up, Yemaya occasionally met people who said unkind things to her. When this happened, she went back to her trees, who continued to tell her she was just fine. She couldn't understand what was wrong with those who were mean to her. Whenever they appeared and insisted on being mean, she pretended what they said was an arrow that sailed right by as she stepped out of the way.

We can do the same. What others say or think is part of them and their lives, not ours. When we are wise enough to let go of things that don't belong to us, we will find our own treasures.

What can I step out of the way of today?

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

Letting Go

"How much do we need to let go of?" a friend asked one day.
"I'm not certain," I replied, "but maybe everything."

Letting go is a spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical process, a sometimes mysterious metaphysical process of releasing to our Higher Power and the Universe that which we are clinging to so tightly.

We let go of our grasp on people, outcomes, ideas, feelings, wants, needs, desires - everything. We let go of trying to control our progress in recovery. Yes, it's important to acknowledge and accept what we want and what we want to happen. But it's equally important to follow through by letting go.

Letting go is the action part of faith. It is a behavior that gives our Higher Power and the Universe permission to send us what we're meant to have.

Letting go means we acknowledge that hanging on so tightly isn't helping to solve the problem, change the person, or get the outcome we desire. It isn't helping us. In fact, we learn that hanging on often blocks us from getting what we want and need.

Who are we to say that things aren't happening exactly as they need to happen?
There is magic in letting go. Sometimes we get what we want soon after we let go. Sometimes it takes longer. Sometimes the specific outcome we desire doesn't happen. Something better does.

Letting go sets us free and connects us to our Source.

Letting go creates the optimum environment for the best possible outcomes and solutions.

Action for the day: Today, I will relax. I will let go of that which is upsetting me the most. I will trust that by letting go, I have started the wheels in motion for things to work out in the best possible way.

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

One Day At A Time

In shame and despair, I went to my first AA meeting. By some minor miracle,
I was able to suspend opinion, analysis, judgment, and criticism, and instead to listen and hear.
I heard someone say that AA works for those who work for it, those who put action into the program. . .
I heard that I should forget about yesterday and instead concentrate on today
and staying away from the first drink today -- now. I tried it and it worked.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 42

Thought to Ponder . . .
Learn to listen; listen to learn.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Action, Belief, Continue.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Countless possibilities
by Ralph Marston

Let go of your inclination to find something wrong. Give yourself the intention to see what is good, what is beautiful, useful and valuable.

Acknowledge the problems and deal with them. Then let them go.

Stop imagining the world has something against you. Start reminding yourself more often of the countless possibilities open to you.

Allow yourself to be satisfied in this moment. Allow the peace that is always within you to fill your awareness.

Free your thoughts from the distracting echoes of events that are long past. Focus on the new beauty you can create now.

Draw fresh strength from the wondrous existence in which you’re immersed. Take that strength, invest it in now, and make rich, meaningful experience with it.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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