Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-18-2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Today's Gift

If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living. --Seneca

A panic attack is feeling a sudden burst of anxiety and fear for no reason. We all experience anxiety from time to time but it can usually be traced to a cause. A true panic attack happens out of the blue.

Once we may have reacted to panic attacks by getting high and running from them. Then we'd come down and the whole cycle would start over.

Now we don't have to react this way. We can recognize panic attacks for what they are, isolated happenings that will pass. We can also get help from friends, family, and counselors.

Today, we are not alone in our fear. We have hope.

Today let remember not to panic.

From the book 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Changing brings questions, and questions bring change. ---Anonymous

What am I becoming? How do I know if what I'm doing is right? Is it best for me? We are full of questions. Often, times of question a are times of change. We are becoming something new, and there is always a little fear of change. Luckily, we don't need to know what we are becoming to find peace. What we need to know is what we believe in. And we'll become what we believe in. If we believe in sobriety, we'll be sober. If we believe in honestly, we'll struggle to be more honest. We must give ourselves the freedom of becoming. Becoming means we're on a trip, a journey. Over time, becoming takes on a comfort of its own.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, what am I becoming? I give up having to know the answer. All I need to believe is that You love me and will do what is best for me.

Action for the Day: I'll ask lots of questions. Often, the question is more important than the answer.

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

One Day At A Time

Emotional Sobriety
If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we will find at the root of it some unhealthy dependency and its consequent unhealthy demand.
Let us, with our Higher Power's help, continually surrender these hobbling demands.
Then we can be set free to live and love; we may be able to Twelfth Step ourselves and others into emotional sobriety.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 238

Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keep It Simple; Surrender.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Live in awe
by Ralph Marston

If you wish life to change for the better, you must change for the better. Today will be happy to present you with many fine opportunities for that.

Are your best possibilities hiding behind stale old assumptions? Perhaps those assumptions have become so much a part of you that you’ve forgotten they even exist.

Imagine yourself looking at all the details of this day as the child you were years ago. Feel amazement at seeing the wonder in front of you, free of the jaded cynicism you have so proudly perfected.

Somewhere inside you is someone who wishes to live in awe of the miracle that is your life on this day. That sense of pure wonder is as close as your next thought.

Give yourself permission to stop fighting the empty battles imposed by your ego. Give yourself permission to be fully in love with each moment you’re in.

There are wondrous experiences to be lived, here and now, hiding in plain sight. Remind yourself how great and meaningful this very day can be, and make it so.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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