Monday, January 11, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-11-2016

Monday, January 11, 2016
Today's Gift

Love is a positive feeling and if one cultivates this feeling in their life, they will surely free themselves from any unbalanced condition that surrounds them. --Syd Banks

Anger, whether unfocused or triggered by a troubling experience or a hostile person, discolors our perspective through an afternoon or a full day, perhaps even a week. Our understanding of events is always directly related to the attitude we've chosen to harbor. No situation or person, however difficult, has the power to steal away our happiness without our passive consent.

So willingly we humans adopt negative attitudes. With grandiose egos, we resent rain pouring on our picnic plans or a friend's illness canceling an engagement. Our choices for actions, feelings, or attitudes are far greater than those we habitually turn to. And it's likely we know love least of all. But just as anger breeds more anger, love cultivates more love, and each life that's touched by love profits from it.

When we make a decision to practice love unconditionally - loving ourselves, our neighbors and co-workers, even the snarling strangers sharing our traffic jam, we'll quickly experience the miracle of love in our own lives.

From the book Worthy of Love by Karen Casey. ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

You feel the way you do right now because of the thoughts you are thinking at this moment. --David D. Burns

Good thoughts are like bright colors in a painting. Negative thoughts are dark and dreary and drab. Each day we paint pictures of our own lives with our thoughts. If we step back and look at the canvas, we will see whether the picture is alive with bright colors or dreary and lifeless like a dark cloud. Our thoughts have the power to bring joy or sadness our way, depending on what we expect or look for in our surroundings. The choice of how we want our lives to be is ours. Since we paint a new picture each day, we are always free to change things when they don't please us. What better time than the present?

Action for the Day: I will ask myself, "Is there something in my life I'd like to change today?"

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

One Day At A Time

Our drinking was connected with many habits -- big and little.
Some of them were thinking habits, or things we felt inside ourselves.
Others were doing habits -- things we did, actions we took.
In getting used to not drinking, we have found that we needed new habits to take the place of those old ones. . .
After we spent a few months practicing these new, sober habits or ways of acting and thinking, they became almost second nature to most of us, as drinking used to be.
- Living Sober, Preface

Thought to Ponder . . .
Habits are like cork or lead -- they tend to keep you up or hold you down.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Altered Attitudes

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Be good
by Ralph Marston

It feels good to be good. It feels good to do good.

It feels good to be kind, generous, understanding, and to spread joy. It feels good to be useful, productive and focused.

You deserve to feel good today. Give yourself the experience of making a positive difference.

Yes, you can get by with being less than your best, cutting corners and compromising your values. But you won’t end up feeling very good about it.

Life is here today for you to enjoy. Getting full, deep, meaningful enjoyment means giving fully of yourself.

Mere empty pleasures are nothing compared to the profound joy of living with goodness. Be good, do good and feel good about all you’ve done and all the great opportunities to do even more.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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