Thursday, May 5, 2016

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Today's Gift

. . . it is a peaceful thing to be one succeeding. —Gertrude Stein

Success is at hand. While we read these words, we are experiencing it. At this very instant, our commitment to life and living is a sign of success, and we feel peace each time we let go of our struggle, turning to another for help, for direction. Because we strive only for perfection, we recognize nothing less; we block our awareness of the ordinary successes that are ours again and again. Thus, the serenity the of just living life eludes us. But we are succeeding. Every day that we are take for in life, we succeed.

We can think of the times - perhaps only yesterday - when we listened to a friend in need, or finished a task that was nagging at us. Maybe we made an appointment to begin a project we've been putting off. Success is taking positive action, nothing more.

Many of us, in our youth, were taught that success only came in certain shapes and sizes. And we felt like failures. We need new definitions; it's time to discard the old. Luckily for us, the program offers us new ones.

Every person, every situation, can add to my success today. My attitude can help someone else succeed, too.

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

Living itself, (is] a task of such immediacy, variety, beauty, and excitement that one is powerless to resist its wild embrace. --E. B. White

Our First Step in this program introduces us to a radical idea -- that accepting our powerlessness is beneficial. Yielding to life's embrace takes us in wonderful directions. The experience of meeting this still unformed day, defining how we will live today, making contact with our Higher Power, accepting the variety and the beauty that is here for us -- far exceeds our individual power. Yet in surrendering to life as it unfolds, we find ourselves on an adventure. This is like reading a good story or unraveling an exciting mystery.

Anyone, whether he has our affliction or not, who tries to take control of what cannot be controlled, brings trouble to himself. Today let us engage with life.

Action for the Day: I will accept both the embrace and the insecurity of not being in charge.

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

One Day At A Time

Humility is a personal achievement, it cannot be given away.
It comes in glimmers and grows like an ice crystal.
It is fragile, too, thus requiring constant care and protection.
- The Home Group: Heartbeat of AA, p. 126

Thought to Ponder . . .
Anonymity is real humility at work.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Positive progress
by Ralph Marston

Bemoaning your problems will not solve those problems. Put your focus and energy into working through the difficult situation.

When you have a spare moment, don’t waste that moment feeling sorry for yourself or eliciting the sympathy of others. Use it to make some positive progress.

What matters now is not what happened, or how unfair it was, or how much you wish things were different. What matters now is what you do now to move forward.

Today is one big opportunity to take action. Seize that opportunity and continue working on it.

You are stronger than the challenges. The most effective way to exercise that strength is not in one big push, but in sustained effort over time.

Each new moment is your chance to make a new effort, to create positive progress. As you keep going, as a result of your work, problems are solved and goals are achieved.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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