Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-3-2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Today's Gift

When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. —Katherine Mansfield

Perfectionism and its control over our lives stands seriously in the way of our growth and well-being, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Life's lessons come through failures probably more than successes. Through our failures we learn humility. We learn to look to others for help and guidance. We learn how to let others fail, too. We fail because we are human.

When we no longer fear failure, we are free to attempt greater feats. We dare to learn more, and life is fuller for it--not just our own lives, but the lives that we touch.

Laughter over our mistakes eases the risk of trying again. Laughter keeps us young, and the lighthearted find more pleasure in each day.

I will fail at something I try today. I can laugh about it, though. My laughter will open the way to another try.

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

Search out shortcomings and correct them. --Anonymous

One of the hardest things to do is to look at our own shortcomings when we are angry at someone. It seems impossible to believe at such times that something may be wrong with us. This is the reason we are so often instructed to count to ten. When we find ourselves so out of sorts, so internally disrupted, there is usually something wrong with us.

It is our first obligation to take care of ourselves. It is out of love for ourselves that we withdraw and take a spot check inventory. The spot check inventory does not demean or humiliate us. On the contrary, the purpose is to speak with God briefly, check our vital signs, and clean out our connections.

Action for the Day: I always keep my connection with my Higher Power. Nothing works without a clear, clean, strong, conscious contact with my Higher Power.

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

One Day At A Time

Step Eleven
"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Them, praying only for Their will for us and the power to carry that out."
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 96

Thought to Ponder . . .
Prayer asks the question. Meditation listens for the answer.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A S A P = Always Say A Prayer.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Benefit from positive expectation
by Ralph Marston

When people know you expect the worst of them, they will usually act according to those expectations. When you expect the best of people, and they’re aware of it, they’ll generally do what they can to live up to those expectations.

Sure, some people will disappoint you and others will pleasantly surprise you. For the most part, though, your interactions are heavily flavored by what you bring to them.

Because of that, you can make an enormous positive difference in your own life and the lives of others just by virtue of what you expect. Expect a better day, a better situation, better results, a better world, and you’ll begin to make that better world.

Even if you try, you cannot fully hide your expectations. They’re shouted to the world through your body language, your tone of voice, your choice of words, and countless other factors.

So go ahead and give yourself the benefit of positive expectation. Expect the best of life, of the people around you, of your circumstances, of everything.

It costs you nothing to expect the best, and there’s no good reason to expect anything less. Consistently expect the best, and you’ll find yourself, and many of those around you, making it so.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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