Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-13-2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Today's Gift

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice. —William James

There are times when it's hard to make a decision. When we go to the fair, for instance, we may want to do more things than we have time for, so we don't know what plans to make. Waiting to decide until we see what the fair has to offer is one choice. Not deciding because we're afraid of what may happen is also a choice. We may find ourselves thinking so much about what could happen that we miss all the exciting things going on around us.

It's necessary to keep in mind that any course of action is a decision, but no decision is irreversible. We are free to do what we decide, and are freed by the awareness that whatever we do is based on our own decision and no one else's.

What important decisions shall I make without fear 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

Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out. --Karl A. Menninger

Two of the problems common to men in this program are fear and lack of trust. Many of us have unconsciously enlarged our fears and returned to them again and again. Do we dwell excessively on fears? Are we too fearful about our health? Money? Jobs? Love? Jealousy? The future? What other people think?

Many of us are victims of our fears and anxieties. Fears in moderation are healthy signals to us. But we need to learn to be more trusting. We can simply open ourselves to the possibility that things will turn out well. We don't need to be blind to the negatives - only have our eyes less fixed on them. No one can ever prove to us that it is finally safe to trust.

Fearfulness is the problem, not any one fear. Trusting our Higher Power, we set our tearfulness aside, even if a few particular fears remain.

Action for the Day: Today, I will be open to learn about trust.

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

A Million Potentials
Perfection would limit me; imperfection offers me the freedom of a million potentials.
All the excitement and interest and wonder of adventure are mine to explore,
ever-new, ever-changing, ever-becoming.
Thank God, as a result of AA and sobriety, I am liberated from dreaming the impossible dream and free, finally, to start living the possible dream.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 61

Thought to Ponder . . .
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
AA =
Always Awesome

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

The choice is clear
by Ralph Marston

There is no way around it. If you wish to live a rich and full life on your own terms, you must take responsibility for it all.

The choice is always clear. You can choose to be responsible for what you can control, or you will end up being dependent on what you cannot control.

Responsibility is not easy, yet it is certainly the most positive choice. For when you do the difficult work of responsibility, you earn the rich rewards of a life well lived.

Freedom, competence, excellence, effectiveness, independence, quality, wealth and fulfillment are all earned with responsibility. Take unequivocal responsibility, and you open yourself to unlimited opportunity.

Seeking pity, blaming others and looking for shortcuts will put you increasingly at the mercy of negative factors beyond your control. That’s not what you want.

Instead, step up and take responsibility, in every moment, in every situation, for as much of your world as you can embrace. When it comes to your life, you’re the person who can live it best.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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