Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-31-2016

Tuesday, May 30, 2016
Today's Gift

Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in their search for self-fulfillment. --Arthur Jersild

Being compassionate is similar to what we call support. We get outside our own self-centered egos and care about someone beyond ourselves. In the process we are helped and changed - perhaps more than the person we are helping.

As we mature, we learn that not all help is beneficial. It is more helpful to confront a friend in their delusion than to accept their misguided actions. Such tough honesty supports their strength and their ability to work on their self. Sometimes it is hard to be a friend to a person in great pain. We might prefer to pull away rather than be with them as they suffer, but we can be more compassionate if we accept our powerlessness to cure their pain. Compassion has a reverberating effect in relationships. Not only do we give it and grow from the experience, we also become the receivers of what we send out.

Today, I will practice compassion in my relationships. 

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

That reality of life and living--movement from one place to another either in a project or in a state of mind, does not conform with what we imagine or expect or think we deserve so we often leave things hanging unfinished or unstarted. --Sandra Edwards

Being dissatisfied--discontented with the experiences life gives us - forever hampers our growth. Reality is not our bane but our gift. The particular reality perceived by any one of us is of special significance because in that reality are our lessons--the very lessons that will awaken us to the awareness that what life offers is just what we deserve, and more.
It's our interpretation of life's realities that is at fault. But as we grow, spiritually, the clouds will disappear. We'll come to understand the interplay between our realities. And we'll willingly move ahead, fulfilling our part in life's bigger picture.

Action for the Day: Sometimes all I can do is trust that all is well, even though it's not as I had hoped. On bad days I need only to reflect on the past to know that I am moving in the right direction.

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

One Day At A Time

“If we cannot or will not achieve sobriety, then we become truly lost, right in the here and now.
We are of no value to anyone, including ourselves, until we find salvation from alcohol.
Therefore, our own recovery and spiritual growth have to come first--
a right and necessary kind of self-concern.”
- As Bill Sees It, p. 81

Thought to Ponder . . .
Keep your sobriety first to make it last.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Achieve Anything.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)  http://www.aa-alive.net/index.html

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Past disappointment
by Ralph Marston

By the time you’ve experienced any particular disappointment, you’re already in the process of moving on beyond it. Certainly it is painful, and in that pain is the positive, powerful urge to move forward. Follow that urge. Make use of the profound desire that arises from disappointment.

You’ve already paid the price. So go ahead and start reaping the rewards. You’ve learned what doesn’t work and why. Use that knowledge to lead you to what does work.

You’ve survived disappointment, and now you’re coming out on the other side. Just think of all the great things you can accomplish with your newfound strength.

No longer do you fear the disappointment, because it has already happened. And guess what? You’re still here. You’re stronger, more experienced, and more courageous. You’re already moving past the disappointment. Keep on pushing steadily forward toward all the great new things which await you.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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