Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-6-2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Today's Gift

We, too, the children of the earth, have our moon phases all through any year; the darkness, the delivery from darkness, the waxing and waning. —Faith Baldwin

Let us think, for a moment, about the changes of the moon. In the beginning of its cycle, it is just a sliver in the darkness. Each night it grows larger until it reaches its full size. When the moon is full and rising, its orange glow fills the sky. All night its gentle light brightens everything it touches.

But this fullness is only part of the life of the moon. For a while it grows smaller, then turns its dark side toward us before reappearing as a sliver and growing again to fullness. We are children of the earth, and we have our different moods and phases, too. 

There will be periods of darkness when we try to find our way by the light of the stars. Again and again we will grow to our full size, only to fade and grow again in a new way.

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

There are as many ways to live and grow as there are people. Our own ways are the only ways that should matter to us. --Evelyn Mandel

Wanting to control other people, to make them live as we'd have them live, makes the attainment of serenity impossible. And serenity is the goal we are seeking in this recovery program, in this life.

We are each powerless over others, which relieves us of a great burden. Controlling our own behavior is a big enough job. Learning to behave responsibly takes practice. Most of us in this recovery program have behaved irresponsibly for much of our lives. Emotional immaturity is slow to depart, but every responsible action we take gives us the courage for another--and then another. Our own fulfillment is the by-product of the accumulation of our own responsible actions. Others' actions need not concern us.

Action for the Day: Today, I will weigh my behavior carefully. Responsible behavior builds gladness of heart.

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

One Day At A Time

Let Go, Let God
When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in our Higher Power's hands were better than anything we could have planned.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100

Thought to Ponder . . .
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
L E T G O = L
eave Everything To God, Okay?

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Genuinely positive
by Ralph Marston

Many other people, factors and forces determine what happens to you. Remember, though, that you can always determine what you do with it.

You do not have to be frustrated, offended, angry or discouraged, not by anything. You can be motivated, inspired, determined and enthusiastic.

There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to feel any particular way about anything. You can decide to feel what it’s in your best interest to feel, and it’s always in your best interest to feel positive and powerful.

Yes, it is completely realistic to feel encouraged when discouraging things happen. Somebody has to pull everyone out of the quagmire, and it might as well be you.

Even when you can’t see the way forward, take a step in a positive direction, and then another. Suddenly you have established some forward momentum.

The best time to be positive and enthusiastic is when it seems there’s no reason to be. Choose to feel great, act on your expectations, and you’ll create plenty of reasons to be genuinely positive about life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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