Friday, March 11, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-11-2016

Friday, March 11, 2016
Today's Gift

The love, the acceptance of other persons makes me into the unique person I am meant to be. --Peter G. van Breemen, S.J.

Our destinies are fulfilled through our loving involvement with the men, women, and children sharing our experiences. It is not by accident but by design that we've been drawn together to share goals, the workplace, or a home. We contribute to each other's search for understanding, and the spiritual quest that's at our center finds its resting place in one another's hearts.

The letter, the smile, or phone call we offer a fellow traveler today will bless our own faltering steps throughout the long hours ahead. Each time we focus our attention on the struggle or joy of someone else, our personal well being is enhanced. If we give away our love, we'll doubt less that we, too, are loved.

From the book Worthy of Love by Karen Casey. ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Love is not getting, but giving. It is sacrifice. And sacrifice is glorious! --Joanna Field

How easily we mistake attention for love. Even more easily, we trick ourselves into thinking our ability to control someone signifies love - especially theirs for us. But love is something far different from either attention or control. Far different.

Love frees others from our grasp--and lets them return on their own. Love is placing another's personal needs above our own, without regret. Love is selfless, yet it exhilarates the self. Giving love softens our edges, completes us, and connects us to the people with whom we are fulfilling our destinies.

Wanting love is a normal human desire, not one we should deny. And we shall receive love, the less our emphasis is on getting it, the more on giving it. We invite love when we freely and honestly give it. Another invitation for love comes from loving ourselves; self-hatred, which trapped many of us for years, hampers us no longer.

Love inspires--ourselves and those we give it to. It brightens our way, lessens our burdens, makes possible our rightful unfolding.

Action for the Day: I won't look for love today. I will just give it. It will bless me tenfold.

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

One Day At A Time

A New Perspective
For some of us, it is easier to slow ourselves down if we have the help of another person.
We may be unable to generate our own peace, but sometimes we can make ourselves sit quietly and listen to a friend who has achieved a measure of serenity.
Full attention to someone else helps restore our equilibrium and gives us a new perspective on our own lives, so that we may see that they don't have to be a rat race.
- Living Sober, p. 45

Thought to Ponder . . .
A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = Tears, Laughter, Caring.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Give acceptance
by Ralph Marston

Instead of constantly seeking acceptance from others, give acceptance to yourself. Accept who you are, wholly and without reservation.

Accept your own brilliant, unique value. Then add immensely to that value by graciously and gratefully accepting the special value of the other people in your life.

Each person is delightfully different, and so are you. Accept and embrace that diversity.

You are inherently worthy, whether anyone explicitly tells you that or not. Give acceptance, to yourself and others, and you will have no need to seek it.

Give acceptance, and you will have no worries about not getting it. Do what you do, not because of how it will appear, but for the real difference it will make.

Accept the goodness that you know is in your authentic nature. Accept yourself, and all that is, and be free to live the abundance without hesitation.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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