Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-7-2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Today's Gift

Without discipline, there's no life at all. --Katharine Hepburn

Procrastination is habitual. It's perhaps a habit we've struggled with over the years, and not one that can be willed away. It eats at us, no doubt. How many times have we gone to bed at night depressed, discouraged, angry with ourselves for not finishing a job we promised ourselves, or someone else, we'd do! Sometimes it feels hopeless. The tasks awaiting our attention pile up, seem impossible to complete. But there is hope. 

We have only this day to concern ourselves with. We can break the spell of procrastination, lethargy, immobility, if we choose. We can pick a task that needs attention, any task, preferably a small one for today. Maybe it's writing a letter, or making an appointment to see a doctor. Deciding to do something, and then doing it, breaks through the barriers that have caged us. Immediately we will sense the surge of freedom. In this moment we can always act. And any act will free us.

When procrastination blocks us, our senses are dead to the friends close to us. It's as though we have stepped outside of the circle of life. The real gifts of life are beyond our reach when we choose inaction.

I will get free. I will tackle a small task today. It will bless me in special ways.

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

One step at a time may seem too slow some days. --Kay Marie Porterfield

Impatience is certainly not a virtue. However, we frequently display it as though it were; if we don't get some task done right now, we will have failed for all time. How many backfired circumstances must we have before we get the message?

When we came into this recovery program, we may have heard that there would always be enough time to accomplish what our Higher Power intends us to do. Those of us who looked back at failed attempts doubted the truth of this wisdom. But we are coming to believe it now. In time, all the simple messages seem to come true.

The slogans are excellent examples of this. "One day at a time, one step at a time." Will never fail us. We will handle whatever comes to us if we follow that advice.

Action for the Day: I will accomplish what I need to today, on time, if I let my Higher Power be in charge.

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

The Big Book tells me, an alcoholic, how I can use the Twelve Steps to cope with my problems and discover who I am.
The Third Step gave me a perspective from outside myself, an objective viewpoint
from which I could see myself as I am, not as I would like to be,
and thus helped me to approach what is now the excitement of living.
- AA Around the World, p. 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
A new world came into view.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S T E P S =
Solutions To Every Problem in Sobriety.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Every little step counts
by Ralph Marston

A staircase composed of very small steps can reach just as high as a staircase made of large steps, and the climb is much more manageable. Every little step counts.

Doing just a little is infinitely more rewarding than doing nothing. And just a little can quickly lead to just a little more.

Five minutes a day adds up to two and a half hours a month, and thirty hours over the course of a year. If you spend those five minutes each day making minor improvements, they can steadily bring about major accomplishments.

Offer one small gesture of kindness each day and multiply it over the course of a lifetime. You’ll find your world filled with rich, rewarding and genuine relationships.

Every little step counts, because the little steps are usually the ones that actually get taken. There’s virtually no risk, and yet the rewards, over time, can be enormous.

What one little step would make life better for you this very day? Get in the habit of taking small positive steps, and you’ll create big, lasting success.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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