Monday, May 16, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-16-2016

Monday, May 16, 2016
Today's Gift

I don't do what I do just so people will think kindly of me. I like doing what I do. --Janice Clark

We're lucky if we like everything that we do. But many of us have to develop a willingness to like many of the activities we're involved in. Is that unusual? Probably not. Nor does it matter. Acting as if we enjoy a menial task or an unusual pursuit offers us a different perspective on it. Just looking at it through more willing eyes changes not just how we see it, but how we feel about it. Often we discover that we can enjoy that which we dreaded before.

Because we wanted to be liked, and it's human nature to want that, we often volunteered for committees, for jobs, for assignments of all kinds that we didn't want to do. There's no shame in that. But at long last, we can dare to be more selective about what we'll do.

We are needed. That's why we're still alive. And while not everybody likes us, those currently in our circle of acquaintances need us and we need them. The work that is yet to be done relies on all of us. Pitching in begins to feel good when we have the right attitude.

I don't have to like everything I need to do today, but I'll feel more open to all the tasks if I remember they need my input.

From the book Keepers of the Wisdom ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

What is moral is what you feel good after. --Ernest Hemingway

Each of us has a little voice inside us that tells us what is good and what is bad. For instance, if our friends are making fun of someone who is different than we are, how do we feel if we join in the laughter? Do we feel more comfortable if we refuse to join in, or if we tell them their jokes are not funny?

As we grow, we learn more and more to trust the inner voice. Sometimes, in times of dark confusion, we have to listen very hard, but it is there to guide us. It is a beacon showing us the way out of the darkness of uncertainty. It is our guide to goodness.

Action for the Day: I will have the courage to listen to my inner voice today.

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

One Day At A Time

SurrenderWhen we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in our Higher Power’s hands were better than anything we could have planned.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100

Thought to Ponder . . .
Letting go is a process, not an event.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Leave Everything To God, Okay

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

When the pressure is on
by Ralph Marston

When the pressure is on, relax and let your efforts flow. You can do this, so don’t contaminate your work with worry.

When a deadline looms, visualize that deadline as an object that gets smaller and smaller, farther and farther away, until it disappears. In the space that has now been cleared, turn all your focus to the job at hand.

Fully embrace what you are doing, and be thankful for your opportunity to do it. Offer the work your love, curiosity, fascination and wisdom.

You don’t have to be distracted by trivial matters or pulled down by doubts. You have the opportunity to get great work done, so treasure that opportunity and do it.

People are depending on you, much is riding on the outcome, and you have what it takes to surpass expectations. You’re certain you can do this and do it well, so take a deep breath and enjoy the experience.

Though the pressure might be on and the deadline imminent, you’re not feeling any of it. Because you’re peacefully and delightfully focused on the great work you’re doing.

From: The Daily Motivator website at

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