Friday, May 6, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-6-2016

Friday, May 6, 2016
Today's Gift

Always think of what you have to do as easy and it will become so. --Emile Corie

How we think about the activities before us is very important. If we think cleaning the garage is hard, dirty, and no chance for fun, that's just how it will feel. We'll be tired before we even begin. However, if we approach it like a treasure hunt, expecting to rediscover some long-forgotten treasures, we'll enjoy the task. In fact, it will feel like a game.

The thoughts we carry in our minds determine whether our tasks are fun or not. What good fortune it is that we can control those thoughts. If we approach an assignment for school or a job believing that we're able to do it, that it's not too hard for us, we'll finish with ease. Our thoughts determine our successes. In this way, our lives are in our own hands.

How much better can I make my life today?

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

I stand before you as a tower of strength, the weight of the world on my shoulders. As you pass through my life, look, but not too close, for I fear I will expose the vulnerable me. --Deidra Sarault

Vulnerability is as much a part of being human as is strength. Our vulnerability prevents our strength from becoming hard, brittle, self-serving. Our soft edges invite others' openness and their expressions of love.

We learned long ago to be "strong." We were encouraged to need no help, to need nobody. Now, we struggle to ask for help. As we grow in understanding of our human needs, and as we become more aware of the spiritual help available, the difficulty of reaching out to others is eased.

No longer need we look to pills, booze, food, or lovers for strength. All the strength we'll ever need is as close as our thoughts. At this moment, we are a tower of strength, not one weighted with burdens. Rather, our strength is a gift of our connection to a spiritual power that can free us from all the troubles we shoulder. Our vulnerable selves will open our souls to the flood of strength just waiting for our prayers.

Action for the Day: I will be as strong as I need to be, when I tap the spiritual source that awaits my call. I will risk my vulnerable self today.

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

One Day At A Time

Isolation creeps up on us. We can mask it with familiar props that are not in themselves bad.
We can isolate ourselves in an attempt to clean up our apartments (and then not do the cleaning); we can isolate ourselves in meeting (and not talking to anyone) or in sleep;
we can use family, sweethearts, compulsive working, television. The list is long.
The nicest way to end it is the way you and I do: together.
Reach out -- people can't read your mind. Say ouch! Someone hears. Always.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], pp. 84-85

Thought to Ponder . . .
An alcoholic is someone who wants to be held while isolating.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A = You Are Not Alone.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Quickly recover
by Ralph Marston

Occasionally you will disappoint yourself. Feel the disappointment and learn from it, but don’t use it as a reason to give up on what you’re doing.

Sometimes you will become distracted and lose focus. That’s no reason to give up on staying focused.

Keep in mind that you’re not trying to set a world record for the most disciplined person ever. You’re seeking to do your best to move forward, so continue doing that.

Don’t expand a small failure into an excuse for continuing to fail. Instead, let it make you more determined, more positive, intentional and disciplined.

Get over your disappointment and get on with what you were doing. Rather than punishing yourself for slipping off the path, congratulate yourself for having the good sense to quickly recover.

Continue to expect the best of yourself, especially when you fall short of those expectations. Get back up, get going again, and soon you’ll be making great progress.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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