Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-26-2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Today's Gift

My thoughts guide my day. Noticing how I awake can help me save the day. -- Kelley Vickstrom

We may envy friends who seem happy and peaceful. Why aren't they troubled as we so often are? The fact is, we can take actions to become more content too. One of the simplest is to ask our Higher Power for a positive attitude before we even throw back the bed covers.

Being in charge of what we dwell on is easier than we might imagine. We can practice the art of focusing our minds on the positive. Begin by stopping a thought, any thought, in mid-sentence. Focus on a blessing that is obvious today. Anytime an unhealthy thought surfaces, drop it, and replace it with a blessing. This can become a way of life if we make the choice.

We have felt enough pain and experienced enough harm. Today can be much better. And it will be if we carefully select our thoughts.

I am as happy as I truly want to be today. No one can steal peacefulness from me if that's what I really want.

From the book A Woman's Spirit by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn, to reconceive ourselves as individuals, to choose the kind of change that will help us to grow and to fulfill ourselves more completely. --Nena O'Neill

Before choosing to recover, most of us lived through crisis after crisis. Many days we sought the oblivion of alcohol and drugs rather than face fears that ate away at us. It probably wasn't possible for most of us to realize that a crisis was a tool for growth.

Even today, even in our recovery program, even though the clouds are clearing and we are feeling better about ourselves, a crisis may overwhelm us for a time. We do find help for it, though. We can breathe deeply, look to our higher power, listen for the messages that are coming through from our friends. And we can choose among the many options for the right action to take at this time.

Life is a series of lessons. Crises can be seen as the homework. They aren't there to defeat us but to help us grow--to graduate us into the next stage of life.

Action for the Day: Today, I will look for my lessons and feel exhilarated by the growth that is guaranteed.

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

I can neither love nor be loved if I allow my secrets to get in the way.
It’s the side of myself that I refuse to look at that rules me.
I must be willing to look at the dark side in order to heal my mind and heart
because that is the road to freedom.
- Daily Reflections, p. 130 

Thought to Ponder . . .
I must walk into darkness to find the light.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Choose peace
by Ralph Marston

The peace you experience comes from who and what you are, and how you choose to be. The world around you can be full of turmoil and strife, and yet you can be completely at peace in your own heart.

Peace is one of the surest signs of strength. Inner peace brings true outer strength.

Those who lack confidence feel the need to lash out. Those who are strong have what it takes to stay calm and peaceful.

When your identity and fulfillment are tied to fleeting, superficial things, it is impossible to remain at peace. When you invest your being in true and lasting values, and when you remain ever vigilant to those values, you develop the confidence and strength to be peaceful.

Peace cannot be forced on anyone, and true peace cannot be forcibly taken from anyone. Peace comes to those who are strong enough and wise enough to choose it, and with that peace comes an abundance of living that is otherwise impossible to know.

Choose peace. And with the strength of your choice, help it to grow.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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