Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-24-2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Today's Gift

We are the greatest things that will ever happen to us. Believe it. It makes life much easier. —Codependent No More

Appreciating Ourselves

It is time to stop this nonsense of running around picking on ourselves.

We may have walked through much of our life apologizing for ourselves either directly or indirectly - feeling less valuable than others, believing that they know better than we do, and believing that somehow others are meant to be here and we are not.

We have a right to be here.

We have a right to be ourselves. We are here. There is a purpose, a reason, and an intention for our life. We do not have to apologize for being here or being who we are.

We are good enough, and deserving.

Others do not have our magic. We have our magic. It is in us.

It doesn't matter what we've done in our past. We all have a past, woven with mistakes, successes, and learning experiences. We have a right to our past. It is ours. It has worked to shape and form us. As we progress on this journey, we shall see how each of our experiences will be turned around and used for good.

We have already spent too much time being ashamed, being apologetic, and doubting the beauty of ourselves. Be done with it. Let it go. It is an unnecessary burden. Others have rights, but so do we. We are neither less than nor more than. We are equal. We are who we are. That is whom we were created and intended to be.

That, my friend, is a wonderful gift.

Higher Power, help me own my power to love and appreciate myself. Help me give myself validity instead of looking to others to do that.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves. --Ellen Goodman

It is so easy, and tempting, to get down on ourselves, to focus on an imperfect face, a dismal batting average, our fear of math, or our big feet. The trouble is, the more we feel sorry for ourselves, and the more we have to feel sorry about. And though it probably doesn't hurt to indulge in a little self-pity once in a while, how unfortunate--and limiting--it can be to let those attitudes define us.

The things we hate about ourselves are no more real than the things we like about ourselves. The trick is to dwell on the things we like instead of those we don't. Even on days when we are sure we are the least lovable creatures in the world, we can "act as if" we like ourselves. What a surprise at the end of the day, to find out that we actually do!

Action for the Day: Today I will make a list of things I like about myself.

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

One Day At A Time

My depressions are mostly brought on by frustration, fear of the future, self-pity, rage at my lot in life, but above all fear.
AA has taught me that I will not be asked to bear more than I can, regardless of what I think,
but that I am responsible for reporting for duty and making the effort to overcome the adversity, and in so doing to overcome myself, which is my first responsibility.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 56

Thought to Ponder . . .
What I fear I create.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R = False Events Appearing Real.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Let yourself be
by Ralph Marston

Let yourself be. Let yourself completely, sincerely, peacefully and joyfully be.

Experience the wonder and beauty of your existence in all its richness. Celebrate this moment not for what you can get from it but simply because you are here to live it.

Let yourself be, and let your magnificent creativity flow. Let yourself be, and embrace the abundance that surrounds you right now.

Let yourself enjoy your life in this beautiful world, just because you can. Let yourself express your own goodness in valuable, authentic ways.

Let yourself be, with no conditions or limitations imposed by your own judgment. Let yourself laugh, play, love, enjoy and create.

This is your day to bring new and meaningful substance to life. Let yourself be the best you can imagine.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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