Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-11-2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Today's Gift

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it. --Edward R. Murrow

We may reduce our difficulties with others to communication problems, yet the remedy may remain unclear. How can we become more responsible for our share of the communication? Can we stop blaming others? When we improve in those ways, our relationships get better.

Clear, specific, and direct language will help us be more responsible and less blaming. We can use simple words that expose the truth rather than words that hide or sugarcoat it. We can use specific examples and give details rather than generalities or hints. We can be more direct by using you and me language. In the process, we yield to the truth within ourselves - and become more honest.

Today, I will be aware of communicating clearly, specifically, and directly.

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

The only way to speak truth is to speak lovingly.---Thoreau

Recovery teaches us to tell the truth. We must be honest if we want to save our lives. We must learn to speak with care---care for ourselves and for others. To be honest means to speak in a fair and truthful way. To be honest and loving means learning when to speak, and how to speak, in a caring way. We can help others by honestly telling them what we think and feel and see---but only when we do this with love. We must be careful when we speak. 

Speaking the truth is like using a sharp knife---it can be used for good, or it can be used to hurt others. We should never handle it carelessly of use it to hurt someone.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me know the truth. Help me speak the truth to others with love.

Action for the Day: I'll make a list of three times I've hurt someone be being honest, but not with love. I'll also list three times I've helped someone by being truthful, with love.

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

One Day At A Time

“Under very trying conditions I have had, again and again, to forgive others – also myself.
Have you recently tried this?” 
- As Bill Sees It, p. 268

Thought to Ponder . . .
To be forgiven we must forgive.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T G I F = Thank Goodness I'm Forgiven.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Positive example
by Ralph Marston

Don’t merely wait or wish or hope for the world to become more positive. The world becomes more positive when you become more positive.

The experience of life in this world is not something that is imposed upon you. Life is precisely and reliably what you choose to make it.

What you cannot control, you can accept, interpret and make use of in a positive and purposeful way. Shine a genuine positive light where you are, and that light will quickly spread beyond you.

Don’t complain about how bad things are. Imagine how good life can be, and then persistently act on what you imagine.

Life is the way you live it. Live it well, with joy, with purpose, with care and commitment and love.

Live according to your highest vision and your most treasured dreams. Be the best positive example for all of life to follow.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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