Monday, January 4, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-4-2016

Monday, January 4, 2016
Today's Gift

I believe that true identify is found . . . in creative activity springing from within. It is found, paradoxically, when one loses oneself. We can best re-find our self by losing our self in some kind of creative activity of her own. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Creative activity might mean bird watching, tennis, quilting, cooking, painting, writing. Creative activity immerses us fully in the here and now, and at the same time it frees us. We become one with the activity and are nourished by it. 
We grow as the activity grows. We learn who we are in the very process of not thinking about who we are.

Spirituality and creativity are akin. There is an exhilaration rooted deep within us that is a lifeline to our Higher Power. Creative activity releases the exhilaration, and the energy goes through us and out to others. We find ourselves and our higher power through the loss of our self-conscious selves while creating--a picture, a sentence, a special meal.

Creativity is a given. It is another dimension of the spiritual presence guiding us all. I'll get out of its way today.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore. --Dorothy Bryant

Sometimes we feel buried in sand, blocked, clogged, unable to move. Then we must remember that we are not alone.

Help is at hand, if only we will ask for it. If we invoke our higher power, our source of spiritual strength can help us to believe that there is gold somewhere in all this sand, and that the sand itself is useful.

No one and no thing is good all the time. Let us remember that if we expect nothing but gold, we are distorting life, getting in our own way. We don't want to falsify the texture of our lives; the homespun quality helps us to appreciate the gold when it appears.

Action for the Day: I will find some gold among the sand, today.

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

One Day At A Time

When we first come around AA, we're urged to do just what we are told.
We might not like it, we might not even agree with it: just do it.
When the action gets the predicted result, we're astonished and sometimes a little annoyed.
But almost against our will, we come to understand and believe.
We've never been able to achieve these ends by just thinking, but our action and its results
can open the door to understanding and belief.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 107

Thought to Ponder . . .
Gratitude is not a word in AA; it's an action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Action, Belief, Continue.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Say yes to life
by Ralph Marston

Life is begging you to achieve, to succeed, to live at your highest level. Every problem, every joy, every disappointment, every situation is ripe with opportunity for massive fulfillment.

Imagine what can happen when you open yourself up to more of those opportunities. Think of how life can be when you say yes to all it offers.

You don’t have to hide from the challenges or let them shut you down. Say yes to the challenges, and engage your ability to transform them into strength and achievement.

Positive possibilities are embedded in everything that happens. Say yes to whatever comes your way, and be the person to forge those possibilities into great value.

Don’t get bogged down analyzing how difficult or easy the task might be. Grab the opportunities life is begging you to take, and do what you know you must do.

Shout out a great big, enthusiastic yes to whatever life hands you. And transform it into something great.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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