Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-20-2016

Monday, June 20, 2016
Today's Gift

Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences. --W. H. Auden

Many of us have said, "I can't help myself!" when we tried to stop our constant thinking about other people or their behavior. "I know it's not good for me, but what can I do when they keep acting that way?"

Let us think of ourselves as living in a house with many windows. At each window is a different view, and within each view are many things to catch our attention. Perhaps there are some people, some traffic, some buildings, a horizon, and some trees. If we always go to the same window and focus on the same object, we are not using all our choices. We may have overlooked some things in our lives that need attention. There are many things we are totally powerless over. Our power exists in changing the focus of our attention.

Today, I will notice where I am choosing to pay attention. I pray for guidance in being aware of my options.

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

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. --Helen Keller

When a person looks at their life and at the lives of others, it is clear that pain is part of life. We cannot escape this tragic truth; our growth and our wholeness must include it because our recovery stresses honesty. In our old way of living, we may have been bitter. Many of us felt sorry for ourselves. Some of us cursed our Higher Power and wasted time in our self-centeredness, thinking life was especially unfair to us. Life is not fair; it just is. It is left to us to choose how we will respond.

People's responses to life inspire us. We not only acknowledge the pain, but we see the heroic lives of others around us. They met their limitations and went forward with a willing spirit and faith. Today we can be grateful for the progress we have made in overcoming our suffering. We have friends who give us the joy of human contact. We have choices and possibilities where we never saw them before. We have a growing self-respect as a person.

Action for the Day: I accept the reality of life, and I will respond with faith in the choices I make today.

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

Living Now
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83-84

Thought to Ponder . . .
Tomorrow--and all the tomorrows to come--are but extensions of right here, right now.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = N
o Other Way

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

New worlds of possibilities
by Ralph Marston

Hiding in what’s comfortable robs you of your powerful ability to adapt, to explore, to wonder, to improve. Doing only what you’ve done before eats away at your options.

If you think only what you’ve already thought, that’s not really thinking at all. When your opinion cannot be changed by the facts, you’re deceiving yourself.

Give your life some fresh energy by taking on some new challenges. Make yourself stronger by testing your strength in unfamiliar situations.

New possibilities are born with every turn of events. Open yourself to some of them by venturing a little beyond the sure things you’ve grown dependent upon.

Be willing to change your perspective, and transform limitations into opportunities. Learn what you’ve never known and see new worlds of possibilities.

If you think there’s no hope for life to improve, think differently. Countless options will spring to life the moment you start to look in a new direction.

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

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