Monday, February 8, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-8-2016

Monday, February 8, 2016
Today's Gift

Reaction isn't action - that is, it isn't truly creative. —Elizabeth Janeway

We must learn how to act rather than react. Unfortunately, we've had lots of training at reacting. And we're all such good imitators. We are a society of reactors. We let the good or the bad behavior of another person determine our own behavior as a matter of course. But the opportunities are unlimited for us to responsibly choose our behavior, independent of all others in our life.

Change is ours, if we want it. A scowl from a spouse need not make us feel rejected. Criticism at work doesn't have to ruin our day. An inconsiderate bus driver might still be politely thanked. And when we decide for ourselves just how we want to act and follow through, self-esteem soars.

If we are put-down, it may momentarily create self-doubt; but when we quickly reassure ourselves that all is well and respond with respect, we grow. A sense of well-being rushes through our bodies.

Being in command of our own feelings and our own actions, prevents that free-floating anxiety from grasping us. We are who we choose to be. And new adventures await us.

The opportunities to react will be many today. But each time I can pause, determine the action I'd feel better about, and take it. My emotional health gets a booster shot each time I make a responsible choice.

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

However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole. --Muriel Rukeyser

We can expect to feel fear, even dread at some points in our lives. We will always have situations that, for a time at least, seem more than we can bear. But the clouds will lift. We are never given more than we can handle, and with each passing day we become more at ease with ourselves and all that life gives us. We are learning that "this too shall pass." Our confidence grows as our spiritual program gains strength.

Our ties to one another and our ties to the program make us whole. When we reflect on who we were and how far we've come, we will see that problems we drank over in days gone by are handled today and often with ease. The joy we share is that no problem is too great to be faced any longer. And no situation will ever have to be faced alone, unless we reject our Higher Power's help.

Action for the Day: I will be grateful for my growth toward wholeness and the opportunities I face today. They are bringing me into harmony with the Divine plan for my life.

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

One Day At A Time

My AA way of life now demands constant action --
an active self-honesty and recognition of the necessity for living in day-tight compartments.
Patience must be practiced. In gratitude, I must humbly come to believe every moment of every day.
Each day, I must surrender and rededicate my life, or I shall lose all that I have gained. I have always believed in my Higher Power,
but I must never forget how easy it is to lose contact and to become again "unsane."
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 96

Thought to Ponder . . .
Grateful is a feeling. Gratitude is an action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Action, Belief, Continue.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

The power to act
by Ralph Marston

All the disappointments that have ever hounded you cannot equal the power of one positive action. Go ahead now and take that action.

Proclaim your confidence in the future by creating something good and useful with the present. Erase doubts by doing work and getting results that prove them wrong.

Thoughts, feelings, worries and opinions can get you down. Positive, productive action cuts through all that and lifts you up.

Don’t let a negative attitude prevent you from taking action. Do something, make a difference, and your attitude is suddenly much better.

If you feel helpless and ineffective, like there’s no point in doing anything, go ahead, do something anyway. You’re feelings will change.

Always, you have the power to act, and it can improve everything in your life. Use it to move solidly, again and again, in the direction of your dreams.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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