Monday, August 1, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-1-2016

Monday, August 1, 2016
Today's Gift

Flying is largely a matter of having the right attitude--plus, of course, good wing feathers. —E. B. White

The swan flies with majesty, confidence, and grace. It is made to fly, of course, but it learns as much about flying from its parents as it knows by instinct. It is not born with the ability to fly, but with the potential.

Each of us is born with the potential to fly in many skies. We may sing or dance or write or run, fix machines, teach children, speak, listen, sympathize. And we can do all things well, as only humans can. It is not the ability to do these things that makes us human; it's what we do with that ability.

Knowing how to prepare ourselves before we spread our wings is part of discovering what we can do. When we learn to ride a bike, we know we can do it; our parent's hand on the seat helps us know it.

Wanting to soar is the first part of the flight; it is studying, practicing, and asking for help that allows us to get off the ground.

What steps can I take today toward reaching my potential?

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

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. --Martha Washington

We all have friends who seem happy even though they run into lots of bad luck. And we all know other people who seem grumpy all the time. Nothing makes them very happy. It's puzzling, but some people have decided, maybe without even knowing it, that life is fun and should be enjoyed. No bit of bad luck has to make us miserable unless we let it.

A broken bike, a lost math assignment, a rained-out picnic are things that might make us miserable. But, we can decide they won't. Feeling happy can be a habit - just like brushing teeth before bedtime.

Action for the Day: I will stop and think today before I let things make me unhappy.

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

One Day At A Time

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed,
it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—
unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing,
or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417

Thought to Ponder . . .
My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = A
cceptance, Belief, Change

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Your feelings
by Ralph Marston

How do you want to feel today? That’s exactly the way you can feel.

Do you want to feel frustrated, annoyed, upset, discouraged and angry? Then you will find in this day plenty of excuses for feeling all those negative emotions.

Or would you prefer to feel alive, empowered, enthusiastic, passionate and joyful? If so, as you go through the day there will be opportunities for such coming from every direction.

The great thing is that you are never a prisoner of circumstance when it comes to how you feel. Whatever may or may not be happening around you, you can choose to feel exactly the way you want to feel.

Yes, you could choose to feel lousy and then blame your feelings on the terrible hand you’ve been dealt. But you would be missing out on a great opportunity, the opportunity of experiencing the best that this day has to offer.

Instead, decide to take responsibility for your own feelings and then aim those feelings in a positive, empowering direction. And whatever else may happen, you’re sure to have a great, valuable day filled with life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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