Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-9-2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Today's Gift

We never know how high we are 'Til we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies. —Emily Dickinson

We are all capable of far more than we think we are. It's in the tough times, however, that we discover the depths of our strength, and it's then that we know that some power has enabled us to do what we thought we could not. Whatever we call that power, it is there for us when we need it.

To do what seems impossible, all we need to do is ask for the help we think we need. And we can look within, too, and summon our whole selves to the task at hand. With all that going for us, how can we fail? And when the tough work is over, we'll look back and know we've grown from the experience. And yes, our statures will have touched the skies.

When I am faced with a tough task, how do I respond?

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

Humility is our acceptance of ourselves. --Anonymous

It is strange how we can go to school and learn a lot of facts, but never learn much along the way about ourselves. We can take up nursing, teaching, counseling, and giving ourselves to the needs of others, while never having our own needs met.

Why does it seem as if it is easier to solve the problems of the world than to solve our own problems? We simply don't know ourselves very well. When we look into a mirror and attempt to understand ourselves, our conclusions about what we see are usually very different from what a friend sees. When we finally take the time and make ourselves a priority, we make a startling discovery. There exists within us at all times a Higher Power that is the builder of all successes and our comforter during times of trial.

Action for the Day: I understand myself only in relation to my Higher Power. The image I see and the identity I have is then one of humility before that Power. Humility is my acceptance of myself.

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

Bankrupt IdealistsMost alcoholics and addicts are bankrupt idealists. Nearly every one of us had wished to do great good, perform great deeds, and embody great ideals.
We are all perfectionists who, failing perfection, have gone to the other extreme
and settled for the bottle and the blackout.
Providence, through AA, had brought us within reach of our highest expectations.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 156

Thought to Ponder . . .
My faults do not make me faulty; they make me human.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K =
Thank Heavens, I Now Know.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Building confidence
by Ralph Marston

The confidence to do the big things comes from the experience of willingly and reliably doing the small things. Every moment is your opportunity to build that confidence.

Others can encourage you and support you, yet no one can build your own confidence for you. True confidence is something created for you by your actions.

The confidence you already have comes from the challenges you have successfully faced. Make use of that confidence, and it grows.

Every time you act to create value, you also create increased confidence. No task is too small or unimportant, for every result you work to achieve builds more confidence.

If climbing a mountain seems out of reach, start by climbing a few gentle hills. The confidence you gain will put you on your way to achieving the goals that once seemed so far away.

Today you’ll encounter dozens of situations that can build your confidence. The more you choose to do, the higher you’ll be able to reach, with real and lasting confidence.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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