Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-26-2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Today's Gift

Hope is always available to us. When we feel defeated, we need only take a deep breath and say,"Yes," and hope will reappear. -- Monroe Forester

Coastal redwoods are the planet's most enduring lifework. A fallen coastal redwood will sprout anew within three weeks. Small trees can endure more than 400 years beneath a closed forest canopy without losing their ability to grow rapidly if and when that canopy is opened.

We can be like that, too. No matter how painful our life may have been, we always have the internal resources to heal and grow into happiness. We now have the strength, insight, and spiritual tools. This combination teaches us that there is no unhappiness too great to be made better. Opening ourselves up to the miracles of recovery, we step from the dark of negativity into the light of possibility and abundance. It doesn't happen all at once, but it does happen - one day at a time.

Today let me have complete faith that my unhappiness will be removed as I work through the steps of my journey.

From the book Body, Mind, and Spirit ©

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

You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face,
And show the world all the love in your heart,
Then people gonna treat you better.
You're gonna find, yes, you will,
That you're beautiful as you feel.
--Carole King

"Act as if." There's magic in behaving the way we want to be, even though we don't yet feel it. The behavior seems to lead the way. The attitude, the mental state, follows.

Many days we may not get up with love in our hearts for our family, our friends, our co-workers. We may, in fact, want them to show their love for us first. But if we reach out, give love unconditionally; focus on another's needs, love will return tenfold. And the act of loving them will lift our own spirits. We will know love; we will feel love for ourselves and the many other persons close to us.

The attitude we cultivate, whether one of love or selfishness, inferiority or superiority, will determine how the events of our lives affect us. The principle is so simple. If we meet life with love, with a smile, we'll find love and something to smile about.

Action for the Day: My attitude will make this day what it becomes. Meeting it head-on, with love, will assure me of a lovely day.

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

Stepping into the first footprint that led from the dismal swamp of alcoholism and addiction
toward the sunlight of sobriety would not take me far enough.
Would I muddle along on some trail of my own in the weeds, vaguely paralleling the clearly marked AA road?
Or would I choose to follow the exact footsteps of the AAs who preceded? The choice was up to me.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 136

Thought to Ponder . . .
I stood in the sunlight at last.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Alive.

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

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Fear into confidence
by Ralph Marston

Listen to your fears, but don’t let them get the best of you. Learn from your fears, allow them to prepare and inspire you, then move confidently beyond them.

The longer you hold on to fear, the more power you give to whatever you fear. Face your fears quickly by doing the difficult and uncomfortable work to successfully get through what you fear.

Look back on your past experience and you’ll recall that almost nothing was ever as bad as you feared it would be. You’ve pushed yourself beyond fear many times, and you can do it many more.

On this day, you’re more skilled, experienced and knowledgeable than you’ve ever been. You can transform fear into confidence, and then into achievement.

What you fear may indeed be quite real and serious. Yet your power to do something about it, to take the appropriate steps, is just as real and even more persistent.

Take a deep, calm breath, and feel that power. The move confidently forward and do what you know you can do.

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

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