Monday, May 30, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-30-2016

Monday, May 30, 2016
Today's Gift

The only people who never fail are those who never try. --Ilka Chase

A boy once asked his grandfather how he had become so happy and successful in his life. "Right decisions," replied his grandfather. The boy thought for a while and then asked a second question, "But how do you learn to make right decisions?" The grandfather answered quickly with a twinkle in his eye, "Wrong decisions!"

We, too, will learn from our "wrong decisions," our mistakes. Whenever we try anything, there is always the possibility of failure. We must learn to not let this keep us from trying. When we are willing to try, we have already conquered our fear. We can grow no matter what the outcome is.

What failure have I turned into success?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

In anxiety-provoking situations, many people feel unable to act. They find themselves at a loss to come up with an effective response, or any response at all. --Stanlee Phelps and Nancy Austin

Feeling unable to act is a humiliation, perhaps an embarrassment, and it is habit-forming. Perhaps our inertia is due to our need to act "correctly" and the accompanying fear that we'll err. Unfortunately, our fear of action reinforces itself. The only way to end the vicious cycle is to act--right or wrong. The surprise in store for us is that no action we take will be truly wrong. We will learn not only from the action itself, but from its ripples.

The response to life we make through action will gratify us; it will nourish us and will make us dread less the next situation that calls for a response.

Opportunities for action are the stepping stones to emotional maturity. The more we "act," the more able we are to act. And a new habit is formed.

Today's Action: Taking action, even when I fear it's wrong, is growth-producing. Without growth there is no life. Today, I will live!

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

One Day At A Time

I discovered a fellowship of human beings that I’d never seen before.
I learned how to have self-respect through work that AA gave me to do.
I learned how to be a friend.
I learned how to go out and help other people—there was nowhere else I could have done that,
I have learned that the more I give, the more I will have;
the more I learn to give, the more I learn to live.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 218

Thought to Ponder . . .

Learning is the very essence of humility. The two walk hand in hand.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Always Alive.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Think into action
by Ralph Marston

Let your thoughts lead to action, not to doubt. Let your imagination create a burning desire to move forward, not clever excuses for holding back.

Give thought and consideration to your efforts. But don’t let the consideration take the place of effort.

Imagine in detail how you can add new richness to life, but don’t stop there. Put your good thoughts into action and fulfill the possibilities you have imagined.

Give maximum value to your efforts by thinking them through. Give maximum impact to your thoughts by putting them into action.

When you’ve thought so much you’ve confused yourself, there’s one thing you can be sure of. It is time to move beyond thinking, and to start taking action.

Think carefully and imagine richly. Then get up and get it done.

From: The Daily Motivator website at

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