Friday, January 15, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-15-2016

Friday, January 15, 2016
Today's Gift

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box. —Italian proverb

Much of our time has been spent saying, "I'm not good enough for that job," "They're too good for me," or "I don't deserve that compliment." Sometimes we have been very status conscious because underneath we felt unworthy. Many of us have taken either superior or inferior roles with everyone we've dealt with. We ended up with no one who could be our peer or our friend.

True humility occurs when we stop shaming or inflating ourselves and begin accepting ourselves as no worse and no better than anyone else. Then all people are our peers. In the sight of our Higher Power we are all equal - and status games, which have seemed so important are ultimately silly.

Today, I will remember we are all brothers and sisters in the sight of the Universe.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Everything is so dangerous that nothing is really very frightening. --Gertrude Stein

Life is full of dangers and risks and challenges. We can choose to meet them fearfully or in a spirit of welcome. To choose fear, to say, "I won't take that risk because I might lose," is to prevent ourselves from ever winning. If we welcome the danger, the risk, or the challenge, we acknowledge that life is made up of losses as well as victories, of gains as well as pain.

Life holds the dangers as well as the rewards. We choose how we will act. Sometimes we may feel trapped in a cycle of fearfulness. If we examine our own part, will we find that we are neglecting to take a balanced view? Perhaps, through a fear of losing, we are missing many chances for satisfaction.

Action for the Day: I will remember: I have the power to choose what my attitude will be toward this day's offerings.

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

One Day At A Time

Spiritual Progress
Many of us exclaimed, "What a order! I can't go through with it." Do not be discouraged.
No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints.
The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.
The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60

Thought to Ponder . . .
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, growing spiritually is up to me.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
chieve Anything.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Joy in whatever may be
by Ralph Marston

Find life’s richness in the grand, impressive vistas as well as in the quiet, subtle details. Let yourself enjoy what’s not considered enjoyable along with all that is considered enjoyable.

Live every experience from a perspective of unrestrained gratitude, curiosity, wonder and awe. You don’t have to make judgments about others or apologies for yourself.

Whatever you have in this life, make the most of it by being authentic. Though it may cause problems and discomforts in the short run, you’ll never end up regretting your honesty about who you are.

Right now you are living your life, and that’s a big deal. Look around, and remind yourself of your good fortune.

Drop all the conditions you’ve imposed on the enjoyment of this moment. Realize the powerful truth that you can find joy in whatever may be.

Embrace that joy, live it now, and pass it along with love and good cheer. As soon as this beautiful, unique moment is gone, another one has already arrived, ready to be enjoyed.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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