Friday, March 18, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-18-2016

Friday, March 18, 2016
Today's Gift

Oh, that one could learn to learn in time! —Enrique Solari

A mark of genuine change, after the pleasure of newfound growth, may be the regret a person feels that they didn't learn sooner. When we learn something new, we see how it could have made our life better at an earlier time. We regret being stubborn, immature, or impulsive. Now we see our mistakes in a new light and it hurts. This is one of the pains of change. Some people turn away from growth because they refuse to tolerate the pain of honest hindsight.

We need to face these regrets, but not indulge in them. We take a bow to the past and move on to live in the only place we can - the present. We can acknowledge our guilt and remorse and then turn them over to the Universe. We can't change the past, but we can learn from it. Healthy living means an ever lighter load of regrets. Getting stuck in guilt over past deeds only repeats our mistakes by failing to use our learning today.

May I acknowledge and let go of my grief's and regrets so I can attend to life here and now.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Where is the yesterday that worried us so? --Joan Walsh Anglund

In the fairy tale The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree, the oak tree felt sorry for the day-fly. The day-fly only lives for one day, and the tree was already 365 years old. But the day-fly was so enjoying his one day that the tree's sympathy puzzled him. The day-fly said to the tree, "You may have thousands of my days, but I have thousands of moments to be pleased and happy in."

And so the day-fly continued to dance in the sun and smell the clover and honeysuckle. His day ended as happily as he spent it, and he settled down on a blade of grass.

If all of us could approach our day the way the day-fly does, as though this were our only day, we would spend less time worrying about yesterday and tomorrow.

Action for the Day: I will show my gratitude for the gift of this day.

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

One Day At A Time

AA has changed my thinking entirely, about everything I do.
I can't afford resentments against anyone, because they are the build-up of another drunk or high.
I must live and let live.
And "think" -- that one important word means so much to me. My life was always act and react.
I never stopped to think. I just didn't give a whoop about myself or anyone else.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 293

Thought to Ponder . . .
The Seven T's -- Take Time To Think The Thing Through.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K = Thank Heavens, I Now Know.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Fresh new day
by Ralph Marston

Today, life begins anew. Today, you are blessed with fresh, new opportunity.

You can build on the best of what has been. You can look clearly and objectively at the limitations that have held you back, and find new ways to transcend them.

Today, you can make amazing progress. Today, you can reach higher than you’ve ever reached before.

All your mistakes are behind you, and you’ve learned much from each one. All your experience is still with you, and you can use it in innovative new ways.

This day has begun, and with it comes your chance to make a difference. In these moments you can bring your dreams to life.

From deep within your purpose, look out and see all the great possibilities. This is a day that’s now here for you to live more richly than ever.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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