Monday, February 29, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-29-2016

Monday, February 29, 2016
Today's Gift

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, is denying them. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do we believe? Do we believe in ourselves? Do we believe we have enough time and energy to do what we need? Or do we believe that things will turn out badly for us? Someone said that fear is faith in the negative. We can choose to believe the worst will happen, or we can choose to believe we deserve good things. We can believe the right things will happen at the right time. What we believe becomes true for us because we behave as though it were true. For this reason, it is wise to choose our beliefs carefully. The more we choose the positive, the more aware we become that our choices are many.

This means telling ourselves that we're all right just as we are and acting as though it were true without question.

How can I make my world better today?

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

Power is strength and the ability to see yourself through your own eyes and not through the eyes of another. It is being able to place a circle of power at your own feet and not take power from someone else's circle. --Agnes Whistling Elk

Emancipation as adults, seeing ourselves through our own eyes, is difficult. As children, we could have our separateness only in small measure. As adults, we first bring some childhood ideas to what we experience. We may be arrogant, thinking we already know the answers to life's dilemmas; or defiant, thinking we don't want anyone to tell us what to do; or self-indulgent, grabbing for the greatest pleasure. Those ideas delay seeing ourselves through our own eyes.

Personal power comes when we listen to ourselves and to others. To be independent of everyone may have been our youthful idea of power. In adulthood, power comes in being open and honest about our dependency, yet knowing we have no claim on anyone else to make us happy.

Action for the Day: I will place a circle of power at my own feet and stand with dignity inside the circle.

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

One Day At A Time

A Healthy Respect
Fear may have originally pushed some of us toward looking into the possibility that we may have a drinking or drug problem.
And over a short period, fear alone may help some of us stay away from a drink or drugs.
But a fearful state is not a very happy or relaxed one to maintain for very long.
So we try to develop a healthy respect for the power of alcohol and drugs , instead of a fear of it, just as people have a healthy respect for cyanide, iodine, or any other poison.
- Living Sober, pp. 13-14

Thought to Ponder . . .
A fear faced is a fear erased.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R = Fear Expressed Allows Relief

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Learn and leave it behind
by Ralph Marston

As life plays out in its minutes, months and decades, you’ll occasionally make some mistakes. When that happens, don’t get mired in regret, self-loathing or self-pity.

Choose instead to learn everything you can from the error of your ways. Then commit yourself, remind yourself and in fact insist to yourself that you never make the same mistake again.

Everyone makes mistakes, and if you’re going to do anything worthwhile, you’re sure to make some of your own. You cannot entirely avoid making mistakes, yet you certainly can avoid making the same mistake multiple times.

It may seem obvious to avoid making the same mistake twice, but unfortunately it is not so obvious when the possibility presents itself. There are all too many people who have fallen into repetitive, self-destructive patterns, making the same mistakes again and again.

To avoid that fate, start by accepting full responsibility for the mistake. That gives you power to learn from it, and perhaps even more importantly, to let it go.

Accept the mistake, and learn enough from it so you’ll never make it again. Then leave it behind as you move forward, smarter, more experienced and more positively purposeful than ever before.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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