Friday, April 1, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-1-2016

Friday, April 1, 2016
Today's Gift

Go easy. You may have to push forward, but you don't have to push so hard. Go in gentleness - go in peace. --Melody Beattie

Going Easy

Do not be in so much of a hurry. At no day, no hour, no time are you required to do more than you can do in peace.

Frantic behaviors and urgency are not the foundation for our new way of life.

Do not be in too much of a hurry to begin. Begin, but do not force the beginning if it is not time. Beginnings will arrive soon enough.

Enjoy and relish middles, the heart of the matter.

Do not be in too much of a hurry to finish. You may be almost done, but enjoy the final moments. Give yourself fully to those moments so that you may give and get all there is.

Let the pace flow naturally. Move forward. Start. Keep moving forward. Do it gently, though. Do it in peace. Cherish each moment.

Today, Higher Power, help me focus on a peaceful pace rather than a harried one. I will keep moving forward gently, not frantically. Help me let go of my need to be anxious, upset, and harried. Help me replace it with a need to be a peace and in harmony.

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

To be wildly enthusiastic, or deadly serious--both are wrong. Both pass. One must keep ever present a sense of humor. --Katherine Mansfield

How familiar wild enthusiasm and deadly seriousness are to most of us. We experience life within the extremes. The thrill of wild enthusiasm we try to trap, to control. We are exhilarated and feel good. Our serious side traps us, controls us, lowers a pall on all our activities. Both expressions keep us stuck. Neither expression allows the freedom of spontaneity so necessary to a full, healthy life.

Through our addiction--the liquor, the drugs, the person, the food--we were searching for a feeling we didn't feel. We were searching for an unnatural state of happiness, even perhaps wild enthusiasm, because we had so little of any enthusiasm for life. Our search failed. Again and again we'd "catch it," only to have it elude us.

We may not have given up the search. But we will come to accept both states of mind as temporary and search instead for the middle ground. A sense of humor will make all of life's loads easier to bear. A sense of humor will offer us the balance that has been missing for so many years.

Action for the Day: Today will offer me a chance to be wildly enthusiastic and a chance to be deadly serious. I'll try to focus on the middle ground and cultivate my sense of humor.

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

One Day At A Time

We thought "conditions" drove us to drink and/or drugs, and when we tried to correct these conditions and found we couldn't to our entire satisfaction, our drinking and drugging went out of hand and we became alcoholics and addicts.
It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 47

Thought to Ponder . . .
Make a change, move a muscle.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N E W = Nothing Else Worked.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Positive is always possible
by Ralph Marston

Even when a positive response is not the most appropriate response, it is the most powerful. Even when there’s no reason to be joyful, appreciative or enthusiastic, those qualities benefit you greatly.

When darkness is all around, it is still possible to shine a light. And a light in the darkness can abruptly change the situation for the better.

If you’re surrounded by despair, be different than the despair. When you encounter negativity of any kind, respond in a positive way.

What matters most is what happens next. And what happens next is influenced by your attitude and expectations.

Whatever else the moment may hold, it also holds the possibility for progress. Shine your light on the best possibilities, and then act to follow them.

Positive is always possible. With a positive response, you can turn life around when life needs it the most.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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