Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-25-2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Today's Gift

One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness - simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain. —George Sand

We are as happy as we make up our minds to be, so goes the saying. But happiness is the result of right actions. We prepare for it daily. We chart our course. Many of us have to first determine where we want to go before we can decide on the chart. We have perhaps passively floated along for years. But now the time is right to navigate, to move toward a goal.

We may have fears about moving ahead. We can be courageous, however. Strength is at hand, always, if we but ask for it. We can make a small beginning today. And every day, we can do at least one thing we need to do to bring us closer to our goal. Accomplishment, however small, nurtures good feelings. Happiness is the byproduct.

Today is wide open. I will decide on a course of action and move ahead. All around me help is available for the asking.

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

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me.---Virginia Satir

Let's keep this in mind: each of us is special in our own way. Often, we're hard on ourselves because we're different.

Our Twelve Step groups pull our differences together. We listen and learn from our differences.

We learn to see that each one of us is different---and this is important. Our program and the Steps stay alive for us, because each new person brings a different way of seeing things. Let's celebrate our differences instead of trying to be alike.

Prayer for the Day: Today, is a day to celebrate that, in all of the world, there is only one me. Thank-you, Higher Power, and help me see clearly how special I am.

Action for the Day: I'll make a list of what makes me special. I'll share this with a friend or my sponsor and my Higher Power.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time

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.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W =
Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Give life more meaning
by Ralph Marston

Today, life yearns to be lived. Today, all kinds of new beauty will spring into being, ready to be appreciated.

Today, great joy is present and much more is possible. Today, richness is yours to create, to share, to enjoy, to expand.

Now, you can go beyond wondering, worrying, complaining, wishing, dreaming. Now you can act, and with your actions transform your world for the better.

Run quickly toward this opportunity to fill life today with your positive presence. Join eagerly in the process of making a difference, and feel the sweet satisfaction of doing so.

You have arrived at this day fully equipped to build greatness in its moments. Your unique journey has provided you with a grand opportunity, and it is now.

Listen to your heart, and discover how much you can do with this day that’s now yours. In your own special way, rush headlong into the bright possibilities and give life more meaning than ever before.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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