Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-20-2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Today's Gift

Hurried and worried until we're buried
And there's no curtain call,
Life's a very funny proposition,
after all.
—George M. Cohan

Often, when we involve ourselves in a whirlwind of activities, plans, and expectations, we push ourselves so hard that we don't derive any satisfaction from success. We need to face our limitations. We can't do everything we want. Even when we can do a great deal, if we overextend ourselves, take on too much, we will not enjoy ourselves, and there is no reason not to enjoy our work.

Our activities are part of what we are. If we choose to live in a frantic hurry, worrying about the next moment instead of this one, we'll miss life entirely. Part of self-knowledge is learning to pace ourselves to our own speed, learning to set goals we can attain for each day. When we do this, we can say, "Now that I've completed this, I don't have to do one more thing to feel worthwhile."

Am I trying to do too much too fast?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.---Fontenelle

Our dysfunction are sometimes call the dysfuntion of “always wanting more.”
We push ourselves to get as much pleasure as we could. If one was good , two was better.
We didn’t see that what we were lacking was faith. At times in recovery, we still crave “more.”

We must pay attention to these cravings. When we have a craving, maybe we’re scared, and our Higher Power is trying to tell us that, if we have faith, we’ll be taken care of. Perhaps our Higher Power just has a message of love for us. All we need to do is listen. It may be that this is only “more” we really need.

Prayer for the Day: I pray to see my as spiritual needs. I pray to turn to my Higher Power instead of to alcohol or other drugs.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll think about how much recovery has given me. I will share this with a friend and with my Higher Power.

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

Tenth Step Promise
We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness.
This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. . .
We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality -- safe and protected. . .
That is how we react so long as we keep in a fit spiritual condition.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 84-85

Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is not a destination, but an everlasting journey.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Alive.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy
Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Sincere goodness
by Ralph Marston

When you run into carelessness, don’t let it get you down. Instead, let it motivate you to be more caring and intentional.

If you encounter arrogance, don’t fight against it or complain about it. Deal with it by finding new ways to live with humility, respect and appreciation.

You can’t eliminate the negativity of the world with more negativity. What you can do is overwhelm it with positive living.

Let the ill-mannered behavior of others be their problem. Let the lifting of life to a higher, kinder level be your mission.

Living well, with purpose, compassion and understanding, is your best response to whatever comes your way. Instead of being frustrated by fighting against crudeness, be inspired by all the good things you can do.

Rather than despairing, lecturing, giving up or giving in, be strong in your gentle living of sincere goodness. Life has much more potential for that goodness than you might guess, if you will simply and consistently encourage it to be.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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