Friday, April 22, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-22-2016

Friday, April 22, 2016
Today's Gift

Possibilities and miracles are one and the same. --Anonymous

Many of us have seen happiness as a goal we couldn't find. When we were children, we were taught that "life is a hard row to hoe." We carried that over into our adult lives.

Seize the day - We let too many of our days just slide by. None of those hours can be replaced. Why worry over past failures if there is a victory to win? Why keep thinking about our faults when we could be practicing virtues instead?

Seize the day - Hold each moment tight and look at each one with wide-open eyes and mind. They are our lives, special to each of us. The moments pass swiftly into memory. Let those memories be good ones, filled with joys large and small.

Yesterday's unhappiness can't be changed, but today's happiness is my own responsibility.

From the book Easy Does It ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The first springs of great events, like those of great rivers, are often mean and little. --Jonathan Swift

Our lives are like streams which flow through time. Looking at the flow of our whole lives, we see the interconnections of many days that seemed minor. Each day contributes to the stream of goals and faith and relationships. As we look at the flow of a whole river, we see at its beginning a little trickle of water here, joining another trickle there, slowly gathering together a stream that develops force and direction.

We may look for intensity in our lives and ignore the quiet. Much of our lives may have been lived on a roller coaster of major crises. As terrible as it seemed, it was not dull. Today may seem rather boring. But in recovery we learn to appreciate the more subtle trickle that a good day can be. Simply continuing with the flow - of our program, of faithfulness to our values, of being emotionally present in our relationships - adds up to a rich life.

Action for the Day: May I see the continuity of my life in the simple moments of this day.

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

One Day At A Time

Let Go
If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it
-- then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked.
We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.
With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start.
Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58

Thought to Ponder . . .
When I struggle, I sink. When I let go, I float.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keep It Simple; Surrender.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Achievable reality
by Ralph Marston

Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by all you must do. Let yourself be energized by the progress you can make.

Sure, the task looks daunting before you start. The only way to stop feeling so overwhelmed is to begin.

Begin the task, and you transform it from an intimidating concept into an achievable reality. Make the first phone call, write the first sentence, pull the first weed, walk the first fifty yards, and suddenly you’re doing it.

Even if you’re not sure exactly what that step should be, take the first step. Establish momentum, and soon that momentum is a wind at your back, pushing you forward, adding its own power to your intention.

In an instant, you can go from feeling it can’t be done to discovering how you can get it done. You can go from zero progress to continually accelerating progress.

The road to achievement is just one positive action away. Take that action, get on that road, and follow it all the way to your most treasured dreams.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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