Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-19-2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Today's Gift

Today was like a shadow. It lurked behind me. It's now gone forever. Why is it that time is such a difficult thing to befriend? --Mary Casey

Each passing minute is all that we are certain of having. The choice is ever present to relish the moment, reaping fully whatever its benefits, knowing that we are being given just what we need each day of our lives. We must not pass up what is offered today.

Time accompanies us like a friend, though often a friend denied or ignored. We can't recapture what was offered yesterday. It's gone. All that stands before us is here, now.

We can nurture the moment and know that the pain and pleasures offered us with each moment are our friends, the teachers our inner selves await. And we can be mindful that this time, this combination of events and people, won't come again. They are the gift of the present. We can be grateful.

We miss the opportunities the day offers because we don't recognize the experiences as the lessons designed for the next stage of our development. The moment's offerings are just, necessary, and friendly to our spiritual growth.

I will take today in my arms and love it. I will love all it offers; it is a friend bearing gifts galore.

From the book Each Day a New Beginning by Karen Casey. ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Self-realization is not a matter of withdrawal from a corrupt world or narcissistic contemplation of oneself. An individual becomes a person by enjoying the world and contributing to it. --Francine Klagsbrun

After we admitted our self-destructive patterns and gave them up, there were many days when we said, "Now what? Is that all there is? I need some answers. How should I live? How can I feel whole? How can I feel like a real person?" These questions may feel too painful to answer. These are among the first spiritual questions we encounter in recovery, and we must not hide or escape from them. They are valuable to us, and we need to follow their urgings.

We are asking these questions as if they were new and unique. But through the centuries many people have asked them too. They found answers we can learn from. They tell us to get engaged with life, take time for reflection, learn to enjoy it where we can, and try to make a contribution.

Action for the Day: Today, I will listen to my questions and doubts as urgings from my Higher Power, pushing me to grow. I will be involved in living.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time

Our whole treasured philosophy of self-sufficiency had to be cast aside. This had not been done with old-fashioned willpower; it was instead a matter of developing the willingness to accept these new facts of living.
We neither ran nor fought. But accept we did. And then we were free.
There had been no irretrievable disaster.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 271

Thought to Ponder . . .
Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = A
cceptance, Belief, Change.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

The very things
by Ralph Marston

The very things that push against you provide a platform from which you can raise yourself up. The very forces that challenge you give you a clear pathway to grow stronger.

The very experiences that seem so difficult when you’re going through them are the ones you’ll look back upon with gratitude for how far you’ve come. You’re superbly equipped to work through the difficulties, and your life is absolutely worth every effort.

When you identify what’s standing in your way, you can devise a strategy to get beyond it. When you look squarely and honestly at your problems, you gain power over them.

If everything could be obtained with no effort, nothing would have any meaning or offer any satisfaction. If there were no challenges, there would be no opportunities to experience achievement.

The work you do to move forward is what makes your progress feel so good. This day, the one you now have, is filled with moments and situations where you can do that work.

See the possibilities, make the commitment, and do the work. Life is difficult, and from that difficulty you can forge new beauty, meaning and fulfillment.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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