Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-20-2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Today's Gift

It is ironic that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our Creator — our very self-consciousness — is also the one thing that divides us from our fellow creatures. —Annie Dillard

Getting outside of ourselves, moving beyond our own egos, opens the door to real communication with the people we'll meet today. We have to learn to look with loving appreciation into the soul of that person or child who stands before us. We have to practice being concerned with their needs before our own, and in time our concern will be genuine. The separation between us will exist no more.

This division from others, the barrier that keeps us apart, comes from our individual insecurities. We have grown accustomed to the quick comparisons of ourselves with those we meet. Either inferior or superior we determine them to be, and thus ourselves. Whatever gifts we have to offer each other are left unwrapped, at least for now.

Let's come together, truly together, with someone we've been holding off until now. We can trust that the people who have come into our lives are there by design. We are equal to them, and they to us. We need what they have to offer us, and their growth needs our gifts, too.

I will appreciate the design of my life today. I will draw myself close to the day.

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

How we look at the world.

The world we live in has much that is good and much that is bad. Each day we can seek out the positive or the negative. If we choose to dwell on the negative, then that is what we will experience. But if we dwell on the positive, then that is more likely what we will experience.

The choice today is ours. We are the only ones who have the power to change how we look at the world.

How do I view the world today?

Thought for the Day: It is remarkable how things change when I decide to change the way I look at them.

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

“Our chief responsibility to the newcomer is an adequate presentation of the program.
If they do nothing or argue, we do nothing but maintain our own sobriety.
If they start to move ahead, even a little, with an open mind,
we then break our necks to help in any way we can.”
- As Bill Sees It, p. 105

Thought to Ponder . . .
Newcomers are the lifeblood of the program. But our oldtimers are the arteries.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C =
Tears, Laughter, Caring

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

When fighting stops
by Ralph Marston

Progress happens when fighting stops. Accept this moment, these conditions, the people around you, and move forward.

Change is essential, unavoidable, and positive change is the result of a positive perspective. Rather than fighting against what is, work to transform it into something more beneficial for everyone.

Life is not perfect, and will never be. Yet within the imperfection is great beauty, much power, value and fulfillment.

You won’t find a perfect solution to every problem, yet you can successfully address each problem. Get good things done not by striving to make everything perfect, but by working around the imperfections.

Enjoy the moment without trying to force the joy. Let it be what it is, and feel the immense power of not having to fight it.

It is by gracefully joining in life’s flow that you can offer your own positive influence. Practice acceptance, and point all your power in a good and useful direction.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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