Friday, February 19, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-19-2016

Friday, February 19, 2016
Today's Gift

One who has a why to live can bear with almost any how. —Friedrich Nietzsche

Our sense of purpose in life is not fixed in concrete. It changes from youth through all the stages of life. Often in the transitions to a new growth stage we are most confused. In the chaotic life created by our own dysfunctional thinking, all meaning collapses around us. At these times we wonder, "What is the point?" "Does anything really matter?"

We receive a why for our existence by participating in the whole of this world. We are family members, or spouses, or co-workers, or friends to very specific people - and to the rest of our community, extending to all of creation. Our sense of purpose may change when life circumstances change. We get married, for instance, and then say, "Now what?" Or a child is born, or a parent dies, or we become disabled. Each time we may be confronted again with the questions. Being open to contact with our world, keeping our barriers down so we stay in touch, restores our awareness of purpose.

May I continue to respond to the changing phases in life - and be open to the renewal of purpose, which is here for me.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. --Agnes DeMille

The day ahead offers us choices of many kinds--some big ones, many that will affect other persons close to us, a few that will have profound effects on our destiny. But no choice, no decision we make, will be wrong. A particular decision may lead us slightly astray. Down a dead-end path perhaps--but we can always turn back and choose again.

We are seldom aware of the gravity of a particular choice at the time of making it. Only hindsight reveals the wisdom of an important choice. Nevertheless, no choice is without importance in the overall picture of our lives. And at the same time, no choice is all-powerful regarding our destiny. We are offered chances again and again for making the right choices, the ones that will most contribute to the bigger plan for our lives.

Action for the Day: I need not worry about today's opportunities for decision-making. I will listen to those around me. I will seek guidance in the messages coming to me. I will make the choices I need to, today.

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

One Day At A Time

I have a new outlook on life.
I look forward to each day with happiness because of the real enjoyment it is to me to be sane, sober, and respectable.
I was existing really from one drink until the next, with no perception about circumstances, conditions, or even nature's elements.
My acquaintance with my Higher Powert -- lost and forgotten when I was a young man -- is renewed.
My Higher Power is all-loving and all-forgiving.
The memories of my past are being dimmed by the life I now aspire to.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life didn't end when I got sober -- it started.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T G I F = Thank Goodness I'm Forgiven.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

What purpose does it serve?
by Ralph Marston

Before you spend your time on anything, before you devote your energy, ask yourself this. What positive purpose will it serve?

Your life is too precious to waste on negativity, on complaining and worrying, on resentment, on anger. Occasionally, those things can spur you to positive action, but most of the time they merely squander your time.

Be intentional about your thoughts, feelings and actions. Select the things that push the world forward, that lift your life, that bring fulfillment and joy.

Jump into those actions that you have a good, positive reason to do. Live your life in a way that resonates with your deepest values.

Stop yourself from reacting out of habit in ways that don’t do anyone any good. Look ahead to the consequences, and enable yourself to choose the best ones.

Every day is brimming with opportunities to live and act in the service of what’s important. Choose in each moment to serve a positive purpose, and transform those opportunities into a rich and rewarding life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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