Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-21-2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Today's Gift

Humans, like the bridge, were designed to carry the load of the moment, not the combined weight of a year at once. --William A. Ward

When trouble tumbles down on us, we are easily overwhelmed. We see problems facing us in the future, and mountains of work to do. We look at the past and see the pain and struggle of  our dysfunctions. Looking at all this, we might feel despair. We can't handle it. We want to run. Our thoughts begin to spin; we feel caught in a whirlwind. We feel we will break.

Then, softly, we hear the words: "One day at a time." We find we can slow down and take a moment to let the peace of our Higher Power touch us. Now we can take one small step at a time. We can begin the task before us – doing the next right thing. By slowing down and taking action, we stop the spinning and find calm. We find that, like the bridge, we can handle the stress of the moment. And one day at a time, we can find serenity.

Today help me to stay focused on life, one moment at a time. Help me to hear the soft voice of my Higher Power.

From the book Body, Mind, and Spirit ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Too many activities, and people, and things. Too many worthy activities, valuable things, and interesting people. For it is not merely the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as well. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We need interaction with others, and we need activities. We have many gifts to offer those who cross our paths, and we need the many gifts they have to offer us. But we soon have little to share, to give to others, if we neglect the special times, the empty spaces needed for nurturing the soul.

Some time away from people, activities, and things, some time away to commune with our Higher Power, to seek guidance, to seek security in the fullest sense, will prepare us to better give our gifts to others. That time alone will also ready us to accept others' gifts to us.

It is true we find our Higher Power's message in others. But the time alone with our Higher Power lowers the barriers that too often prevent us from hearing another of our Higher Power's messages as expressed through the friends and even foes who cross our paths.

Action for the Day: My gift to myself is some time alone. I deserve that gift today and every day.

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

One Day At A Time

Trying to argue yourself out of a drink or drug is rather like attempting self-hypnosis.
Often, it is about as effective as trying to persuade a pregnant mare not to foal when her term has come.
For these reasons, then, when we suggest avoiding fatigue and hunger,
we often tie in a mention of one more hazard to make it a triple play:
"Don't let yourself get too tired, too hungry, or too lonely." Check it out.
If the notion of taking a drink crosses your mind any time soon, pause to consider.
As often as not, you are likely to find you are in one or more of those three high-risk conditions.
- Living Sober, pp. 36-37

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I don't drink or drug today, I have the hope of a tomorrow.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H A L T = Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Make it all count
by Ralph Marston

Grab this moment and make it count. Something you can do right here, right now, will push life forward.

Embrace your situation and make it count. Instead of making judgments about whether it’s good or bad, fortunate or unfortunate, go ahead and do something valuable with it.

You’ve invested the whole of your life to get where you are. Now, your best option is to make it all count.

Transform the energy that comes your way into purposeful action. Take whatever you have, the resources, the circumstances, your skills, knowledge and connections, and make it all count.

Rather than complaining about what is or wishing for what isn’t, focus on creating progress. With your thoughts, your words, your actions and feelings, make it count.

Always you are surrounded by abundance, and always you’re able to do something with it. Take it all in, look in the direction of your highest ideals, and make it all count.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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