Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-15-2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Today's Gift

On any journey, we must find out where we are before we can plan the first step. --Kathy Boevink

Our lives in all aspects are a journey toward a destination, one fitting to our purpose, our special gifts, and our particular needs. Each day contributes to our journey, carrying us closer to our destination. However, we often take a circuitous route. We get stranded or waylaid by our selfish desires, by the intrusion of our controlling ego.

We can reflect on the progress we've made toward our destination, the steps we've taken that have unknowingly contributed to our journey. Our easiest steps have been the ones we took in partnership with our Higher Power. It's in our Higher Power's mind that our path is well marked.

We are just where we need to be today. The experiences that we meet are like points on the map of our journey. Some of them are rest stops. Others resemble high-speed straight-aways. The journey to our destination is not always smooth, but the more we let our Higher Power sit in the driver's seat, the easier will be our ride.

I will plan my journey today with my Higher Power's help, and my ride will be smooth.

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

The difficulty in life is the choice. --George Moore

How we choose to spend our time says much about what is important to us. If we have no goals, we may try to kill time. If we have too many goals, there may not be enough time in the day to do all we set out to do. We must make some choices based on our values. We may need to take more time for some things, and let go of others. For example, this year will we try to learn to play the guitar? Perhaps we have finally decided to drop out of that club which seems to have little purpose. Will we give more time to work, or less time? With each of these choices, we shape our lives. We can do it with the touch of an artist if we pay attention to the choices we are making.

Action for the Day: I will look at what is truly important to me today.

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

The simple contrast between active alcoholism/addiction and active sobriety
has helped me to seek, listen and to apply the good principles of living,
and I am rewarded with much more excitement and joy than was mine before AA sobriety.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 4

Thought to Ponder . . .
I saw, I felt, I believed.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy
Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Take notice
by Ralph Marston

When you understand how something works, that understanding enables you to exercise control over how it goes. Take notice of what’s going on with your own responses and you put yourself in a position to take full and powerful control of them.

Step back and watch objectively as you get angry, or become hungry for a snack, or are tempted to follow some course that is not in your best interest. Really take notice and you will see that there is a clear and observable separation between your response and the things to which you’re responding. There is no direct, hard-wired connection between what happens to you and what you do about it. That connection is always, at some level, under your control.

Realize that nothing automatically makes you angry, or envious, or despairing. These are simply ways that you choose to respond, and they are completely under your control. Watch carefully and you’ll see that nothing automatically makes you eat a bowl of ice cream, nothing automatically makes you say something spiteful. Even when the response has become such a habit that it seems automatic, it is, in reality, still a choice that you can control.

Observe yourself as you respond to the ups and downs of life, and you’ll see the enormous amount of control you have over the direction your life goes. The more responsible and intentional you become with that control, the more empowered you’ll be to go exactly where you want to go.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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