Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-7-2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Today's Gift

The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another's existence. -Sue Atchley Ebaugh

We all want to matter to others. Very often in the past and sometimes in the present, our behavior screams for the attention we seek from others. Perhaps, instead of trying to get attention, we ought to give it. Wisdom of the ages dictates that in life there are no accidents. Those people close to us and those just passing through our lives have reason to be there. Giving attention to another's humanity is our calling.

I will fully attend to another person I have occasion to be with today. They will matter to me, and my attention will matter to them.

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

If we are unhappy without a relationship, we'll probably be unhappy with one as well. A relationship doesn't begin our life; a relationship doesn't become our life. A relationship is a continuation of life. --Beyond Codependency

Relationships are the blessing and bane of growth. Relationships are where we take our growth on the road.

Each day, we are faced with the prospect of functioning in several different relationships. Sometimes, we choose these relationships; sometimes, we don't. The one choice we usually have in our relationships concerns our own behavior. In life our goal is to behave in ways that demonstrate responsibility for us.

We're learning to acknowledge our power to take care of ourselves in our relationships. We're learning to be intimate with people when possible.

Do we need to detach from someone who we've been trying to control? Is there someone we need to talk to, even though what we have to say may be uncomfortable? Is there someone we've been avoiding because we're afraid to take care of ourselves with that person? Do we need to make an amend? Is there someone we need to reach out to, or show love?

Growth is not done apart from our relationships. Growth is done by learning to own our power and to take care of ourselves in relationships.

Action for the Day: Today, I will participate in my relationships to the best of my ability. I will make myself available for closeness and sharing with people I trust. I will ask for what I need and give what feels right.

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

One Day At A Time

Since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come.
The age of miracles is still with us. Our own life proves that!
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 153

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life is an ongoing miracle.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W E =
Walls Evaporate.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

by Ralph Marston

You are alive in this moment. And you are connected to all of life.

You cannot take undue advantage of others without also hurting yourself in some way. You cannot help others without also lifting up your own life.

The connection is strong and impossible to break. When you give your best to life each day, you experience the best that life has to offer.

When you think and act respectfully, you are respected. When you offer real, unconditional love, you are loved.

When making your choices in each moment about what to say, what to do, what to value, what to discard and what to work for, remember this. You are connected to it all.

Value, appreciate, honor and make the most of that connection. What is good for all of life is very good for you.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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