Monday, December 7, 2015

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-7-2015

Monday, December 7, 2015
Today's Gift

Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. --William James

Before Orville and Wilbur Wright ever flew the first airplane at Kitty Hawk, they believed flight was possible. They had a picture of it in their minds. The first step in creating anything is to be able to picture it in our minds. If we can picture it as a possibility, we can work to make it happen.

When we were small, we dreamed a thousand dreams about what could happen in our lives. Anything, even magical things, seemed like they could happen, and our world was full of visions. That part of us that believes wonderful, magical things can happen is still in us. It may have been beaten down for a while, but it is still there waiting to help us seek the wonderful, lovely, and good things in life.

Which of my dreams can I work toward 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

Each day provides its own gifts. --Ruth P. Freedman

We are guaranteed experiences that are absolutely right for us today. We are progressing on schedule. Even when our personal hopes are unmet, we are given the necessary opportunities for achieving those goals that complement our unique destinies.

Today is full of special surprises, and we will be the recipient of the ones which are sent to help us grow--in all the ways necessary for our continued recovery. We might not consider every experience a gift at this time. But hindsight will offer the clarity lacking at the moment, just as it has done in many instances that have gone before.

We are only offered part of our personal drama each day. But we can trust our lives to have many scenes, many acts, points of climax, and a conclusion. Each of us tells a story with our lives, one different from all other stories and yet necessary to the telling of many other stories too. The days ahead will help us tell our story. Our interactions with others will influence our outcomes and theirs. We can trust the drama and give fully to our roles.

Action for the Day: Every day is a gift exchange. I will give, and I will receive.

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

One Day At A Time

A Paradox
On the face of it, surrendering certainly does not seem like winning. But it is.
Only after we have come to the end of our rope, hit a stone wall in some aspect of our lives beyond which we can go no further; only when we hit "bottom" in despair and surrender, can we accomplish that which we could never accomplish before.
We must, and we do, surrender in order to win.
- Alcoholics Anonymous [2nd Edition], p. 341

Thought to Ponder . . .
We surrender to win; we give away to keep; we suffer to get well; we die to live.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, Trust.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Activate your willingness
by Ralph Marston

Don’t let life throw you off track. Do what you have decided to do.

Though the distractions entice, you don’t have to give in to them. Though the excuses promise an easy way to quit, you can roll right on past any temptation to do so.

Make a commitment, and then honor it. Set a goal, and then reach it.

Look beyond the immediate moment, and see what you can achieve. With that vision in mind, persevere through whatever comes and make the achievement yours.

Sure, there are factors and forces working against you. Don’t be one of them.

Go ahead, take the next step, and the next and the next, until you have done what you set out to do. Exercise your focus, exercise your discipline, activate your willingness to do what must be done, and enjoy all the richness you’re able to create.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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