Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-18-2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Today's Gift

One should learn to enjoy the neighbor's garden, however small; the roses straggling over the fence, the scent of lilacs drifting across the road. —Henry Van Dyke

There are many gifts around us which we overlook when we're busy dealing with our anxieties and obligations. We talk about burning out from our high-intensity lifestyles. We act as though nothing would get done if we didn't do it ourselves. We get so engrossed in fighting with the frustrations of life that we fail to see the good things coming our way that took no effort on our part.

As we look around us this very moment, what good things do we find? Has a friend given a warm hello? Is the sun shining? The rain falling? Has the traffic flowed smoothly? We have no claim on these generous events, and we can't say our Higher Power smiles on us when we have them or frowns when we don't. We can say there are always generous forces coming our way, which comfort and heal us. We only need to take time to enjoy them.

Today, I will take some quiet moments to notice the good things coming my way. I will be grateful for them.

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

When the well threatens to run dry, it's time to rest and refill.

We can't always be doing and giving and producing. There comes a time when we run out of steam, and that's when we need to know how to replenish our supply of energy and enthusiasm.

Some of us get recharged by being with other people. Some of us need to be quiet and alone. All of us can profit from an inspirational uplift, whether it comes from music, something we read, a conversation with a friend, savoring the beauty of nature, or a period of meditation.

Vacations can be wonderful, but we're not always able to take them when we need them. What we can do is learn how to create for ourselves islands of recreation -- re-creation -- which may be inserted into our busy, everyday schedule. We can learn to stop and refill the well before it runs dry, so we do not drive ourselves into the kind of exhaustion that threatens recovery.

Action for the Day: I will build an island of re-creation into today's schedule.

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

One Day At A Time

Alone No More
Alcoholism and addiction was a lonely business, even though we were surrounded by people who loved us.
But when our self-will had driven everybody away and our isolation became complete,
we commenced to play the big shot in cheap barrooms. . .
For those of us who were like that, AA has a very special meaning.
In this Fellowship we begin to learn right relations with people who understand us;
we don’t have to be alone any more.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 252

Thought to Ponder . . .
An open heart is never a lonely one.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A = You Are Not Alone.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Enjoy without condition
by Ralph Marston

Whether you’re filling it with work or filling it with play, this is a day to enjoy. So go ahead and enjoy.

You don’t have to waste energy judging whether something is enjoyable or not. Simply choose to enjoy being you, doing what you’re doing, whatever it is.

Enjoy without condition, without expectation, without need. Enjoy what you’re doing, and you’ll be much better at what you’re doing.

Enjoy, and you’ll see life’s richness in every direction. Enjoy, and you’ll see possibilities you never noticed before.

Enjoy, and a special kind of goodness begins to flow through your life. There is great power in enjoyment, and it’s a state you can enter at any time.

Whatever has been, whatever is, whatever seems to be coming, enjoy. And put yourself in position to make the best of it all.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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