Friday, July 22, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-22-2016

Friday, July 22, 2016
Today's Gift

For this is wisdom; to live, To take what fate, or the Gods, may give. --Laurence Hope

We can't control the events of our lives, but we do have mastery over our attitudes. The chances will be many, today, to react negatively or positively to circumstances we find ourselves in. We can consider that each circumstance has something special in it for us.

Positive expectations regarding the planned as well as spontaneous activities of the day will influence the activity's flow, our involvement with it, and our interactions with the other people involved. A positive attitude seems to breed positive experiences. In other words, we attract into our lives that which we expect. How often do we get up angry, feeling behind when the day has only begun, short-tempered with our children, "ready" for a tough one at work? And we generally find it.

The Serenity Prayer offers us all the knowledge, all the wisdom we'll ever need. We can accept what has to be, change what we can, and not get confused between the two. We can inventory our attitude. Are we taking charge of it? Our attitude is something we can change.

I won't get trapped today by a negative attitude. I will accept the challenge of turning my day around.

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

There is no reality except the one contained within us. --Herman Hesse

Claude Gellee painted lovely pictures of the English countryside. Europeans loved his landscapes, with their blue hues and mild distortions. But when the people went for the carriage rides in the country, they were disappointed because it didn't look the way Gellee had painted it. Then someone discovered that if you held blue glass up to your eyes and looked through it, the trees and hills and sky looked just like a Gellee painting! Soon everyone was looking through "Claude glasses" when they traveled.

We often let others do our seeing for us. We get lazy and rely on the images of television and movies, instead of really seeing with our own eyes. Our world becomes distorted and we lose sight of the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Each of us carries reality inside ourselves, and as we grow stronger within, we discover that we can see clearest when we trust our own eyes. There is a glorious world, full and rich, just waiting for us to glimpse it.

Action for the Day: I will see the world through my own eyes today.

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

So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves,
and the alcoholic and addict is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though they usually doesn’t think so.
Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness.
We must, or it kills us! Our Higher Power makes that possible.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I self-forget I find.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Attitude Adjustment

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

It will be
by Ralph Marston

There is beauty all around you. If you look with a loving and thankful heart, you will see it.

There are possibilities too numerous to imagine. If you recognize and appreciate the best of them, they will be yours to fulfill.

Your current circumstances provide a perfect point from which to reach as high as you wish, if you will step forward and take positive action. The challenges you face serve as valuable lessons, if you meet them with the best you have to give.

Today will be the best one yet, if you expect it to be. Your dreams will come to life, if you give your passion and energy to them in every moment.

You’ll work successfully through every obstacle, if you choose to utilize the power of your persistence. You’ll achieve what you set out to achieve, if you follow through with purpose and commitment.

Know that it will be. And it will be.

From The Daily Motivator website at

1 comment:

  1. I read so much of myself in this post and we're in a good place now too - I should say, I'm in a good place.

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