Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-23-2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Today's Gift

We don't always have to be strong. Sometimes, our strength is expressed in being vulnerable. Sometimes, we need to fall apart to regroup and stay on track. --Melody Beattie

We all have days when we cannot push any harder, cannot hold back self-doubt, cannot stop focusing on fear, cannot be strong.

There are days when we cannot focus on being responsible. Occasionally we don't want to get out of our pajamas. Sometimes, we cry in front of people. We expose our tiredness, irritability, or anger.

Those days are okay. They are just okay.

Part of taking care of ourselves means we give ourselves permission to "fall apart" when we need to. We do not have to be perpetual towers of strength. We are strong. We have proven that. Our strength will continue if we allow ourselves the courage to feel scared, weak, and vulnerable when we need to experience those feelings.

Today, Higher Power, help me to know that it is okay to allow myself to be human. Help me not to feel guilty or punish myself when I need to "fall apart."

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places


Unexpected Disappointments.
As life unfolds, we sometimes get unexpected disappointments that seem undeserved -- the car breaks down, a business deal goes sour, or a close friend betrays us. Most of us don't handle such things too well. "Why me?" we often respond.

Our best approach is simply to view life as a mixture of bitter and sweet, knowing that we've been given real mastery over conditions. We cannot always be sure that a disappointment really is as bad as it seems to be, and sometimes it can become a step toward our good. As one alcoholic phrased it, "some of the worst things that have happened turned out to be the best."

It's good to face the day with optimism, with confidence, and even with some excitement about the opportunities ahead. If we're maintaining sober thinking, everything that happens today will be transformed into gains for tomorrow -- all our tomorrows. We're on a spiritual journey that goes far beyond anything we're doing here and now.

Action for the Day: I won't expect to be disappointed today, but I'll know that nothing can really upset or disturb me without my permission.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time

A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once. Rebellion dogs our every step at first.
When we have finally admitted without reservation that we are powerless over drugs and alcohol, we are apt to breathe a great sigh of relief, saying, "Well, thank Goodness that's over! I'll never have to go through that again!"
Then we learn, often to our consternation, that this is only the first milestone on the new road we are walking.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 73

Thought to Ponder . . .
The road to recovery is always under construction.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = One Day At A Time.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)
Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Allow life to be rich
by Ralph Marston

Allow the drama to subside. Allow peace to permeate your presence.

Allow hope to have a welcoming home within your heart. Allow fear to fall away, leaving love to take its place.

Striving burns you out, and the harder you try the more difficult it gets. Do whatever you do without waging a personal war against it, and rise to new levels of effectiveness and joy.

Allow life to be as it is, and allow yourself to make beauty and greatness with all you find. Allow those around you to be who they are, and bask in the bright glow of every living presence.

Tune out the voices shouting that you should be worried or angry. Contemplate the immensity of your good fortune on this day, and empower yourself with a perspective of gratitude.

Allow value and rich meaning to flow forth from your actions, your words, your thoughts and your heart. Allow life to be rich as it is uniquely expressed by you.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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