Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Today's Gift

One cannot have wisdom without living life. --Dorothy McCall

Living life means responding, wholly, to our joys and our pitfalls. It means not avoiding the experiences or activities that we fear we can't handle. Only through our survival of them do we come to know who we really are; we come to understand the strength available to us at every moment. And that is wisdom.

When we approach life tentatively, we reap only a portion of its gifts. It's like watching a movie in black and white that's supposed to be in Technicolor. Our lives are in color, but we must have courage to let the colors emerge, to feel them, absorb them, be changed by them. Within our depths, we find our true selves. The complexities of life teach us wisdom. And becoming wise eases the many pitfalls in our path.

Living life is much more than just being alive. I can choose to jump in with both feet. Wisdom awaits me in the depths.

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

Walk In Dry Places

What brings change?

In human affairs, vast changes sometimes take place almost spontaneously, bringing on revolutionary upheavals. What brings about such change?

These visible changes, for good or bad, occur because people come to accept new ideas. It's easy to see how this works in one person's life, but it works in the same way with societies.
The 12 Step movement is a most dramatic form of such change. We've become effective because we have new forms of thinking to replace the old destructive forms that caused so much harm. Our movement will grow and develop only as long as we retain the new ways of thinking that first brought about this change.

Action for the Day: I'll hold to the idea that my life can only be as good as the thoughts I choose.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums

One Day At A Time

While at my first AA meeting, I heard two things I have never forgotten.
The first was “You don’t have to drink again.” This was a total revelation to me.
For a long time I had believed that alcohol was one of the few positive things left in my life.
I looked forward to my first drink every evening and thought that alcohol was holding my life together.
I had to drink to survive, let alone to have any comfort.
Yet here, people who had been in the same boat were telling me I didn’t have to drink. . .
The second thing I heard was “You don’t have to be alone anymore.”
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 364-365

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I don't drink today, I have the hope of a tomorrow.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = Heart Open; Please Enter

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Get yourself through
by Ralph Marston

Wishing, complaining, begging and avoiding won’t do it. The way to get through it is to go through it.

If there’s something you’ve been putting off, put it back on and get it done. If there’s a problem that’s been chasing you, stop running, stop hiding and start solving.

You can be amazingly resourceful and effective when you want to be. Now is the time to want to be.

When the situation feels painful, imagine how great you will feel to get beyond it. Imagine, and then manifest your imagined outcome by doing what you must do.

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and its brightness comes from your efforts. Make those efforts, keep that light shining brightly and get yourself through to the other side.

You’ve made a positive difference many times before and you absolutely can do it again. Feel your purposeful power as it successfully pushes you through.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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