Monday, May 2, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-2-2016

Monday, May 2, 2016
Today's Gift

One must be leery of words because they turn into cages. —Viola Spolin

We defeat ourselves with labels. We hem ourselves in; we shorten our vision; we cut off opportunities in the making. We influence how others think of us, too. Someone wise said that we teach others how to treat us. Are we teaching people to expect nothing great from us because we are always afraid? Do we shatter their vision of our potential by never thinking we can handle what may come?

We become the persons we have programmed ourselves to be. We can revamp the program, anytime. And right now is a good time to begin. We are surrounded by persons who have done just that.

It's time for praise. We are all that we need to be, and more. We will be helped to do all we are asked to do. We have an inner beauty that only needs encouragement to shine forth. If we smile from within today, we will free ourselves from our negative cages. A new life awaits us.

To catch myself each time I insult myself will be a challenge, but one worth taking on. And it's one I can win!

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Insight is cheap. --Martha Roth

For years we kept ourselves in a split condition: With one part of our minds we looked at ourselves and said, "I do some self-destructive things because I don't believe I deserve love." When we became involved with unsuitable people or abused our bodies, we said, "I am punishing myself--I am expecting too much--I neglect my own needs."

We may see clearly how and why we get in our own way. But unless we have faith in a power greater than ourselves, we won't step aside. We won't let go. We'll do the same thing and "understand" ourselves in the same ways. We may even use our "insight" to keep ourselves stuck--to protect ourselves from the risk of change.

Now, having had a spiritual awakening, having come to believe that a higher power can restore us, we possess a gift more powerful than the keenest insight--faith in our ability to grow and change. All the creative power of the universe streams through us, if we don't block it.

Action for the Day: Today, I will have faith, and all will be well.

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

One Day At A Time

The moment we ponder a twisted or broken relationship with another person, our emotions go on the defensive.
To escape the wrongs we have done another, we resentfully focus on the wrong they have done us.
Triumphantly we seize upon his slightest misbehavior as the perfect excuse for minimizing or forgetting our own. . .
If we are about to ask for forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all?
- As Bill Sees It, p. 151

Thought to Ponder . . .
Forgiveness is the final form of love.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T U F = Tolerance, Understanding, Forgiveness.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Offer serenity
by Ralph Marston

There are times and circumstances when life offers you serenity. There are many more times when you can offer serenity to life’s circumstances, whatever they are.

Serenity is a powerful, effective state. Serenity enables you to be purposeful, intentional, and focused rather than fearful, anxious and reactionary.

You can choose to hold a powerful, peaceful sense of serenity within, no matter what is going on around you. When you do, that serenity flows outward to great benefit.

Let the constant chattering of your thoughts subside. Release the need for judgment and worry.

See that the most important thing is not who wins or who loses. What really matters is the preciousness of life itself, and adding richness to life.

For the moment, allow what is to be what is. Feel the deep serenity and in that good feeling see and follow a positive way forward for all.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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