Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-11-2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Today's Gift

Without a sense of humor, you're old in a hurry. --Janice Clark

We've all been in the company of constant complainers. They drag down the mood of everyone they encounter. Can we be accused of this demeanor on occasion too?

Maybe it seems impossible to wear a happy face all the time. And it's not always easy to laugh at ourselves, particularly when we're feeling anxious and vulnerable. However, becoming willing to see the humor in our many foibles, learning to not take ourselves so seriously is well worth the effort. The lucky ones among us learned this trait many years ago, and we recognize them instantly. We generally love being around them, too. Laughter is good medicine. Whether it's at ourselves or simply at a situation or a clever movie, laughter lightens our mood, thus lightening whatever burden we might be carrying.

When we were young, most of us had fears about financial instability, war, our children, or our careers. Life does have many serious aspects. But we were never required to handle any of them alone. If we relied on the God of our understanding, all of the burdens were more easily accepted. That gave us time to breathe more easily. Laughter was then more frequent. It can be more frequent now, too. It's simply a decision to see every circumstance with a lighter heart.

It's so much more fun to laugh than to complain. It's my choice today.

From the book Keepers of the Wisdom ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

I'd like to get away from earth awhile and then come back to it and begin again. --Robert Frost

Do we think it's weak to need a break? Do we ignore the need to recharge our batteries? Responsibility for our own lives requires us to recognize the need to restore our energy. Maybe our former escape from the world was by using food, or drugs, or spending money, or sexual release, or preoccupation with another person.

Now, since we are developing the ability to be with ourselves, we can take a break from the world and come back restored. This meditation time generates more energy for our lives. 
Recreation with friends, a walk, a movie, or a concert does the same. Taking responsibility to get away is a good cure for self-pity and exhaustion.

Action for the Day: Today, I will be aware of my need to restore my energy.

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

When we first come around AA, we’re urged to do just what we are told.
We might not like it, we might not even agree with it: just do it.
When the action gets the predicted result, we’re astonished and sometimes a little annoyed.
But almost against our will, we come to understand and believe.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 107

Thought to Ponder . . .
Never mistake motion for action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C =
Action, Belief, Continue

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Start again
by Ralph Marston

If the day starts off with disappointment or frustration, start again. Take a few seconds to re-boot your attitude to a more positive and effective one.

What happened before does not have to drag down what is happening now. Look in the direction you wish to proceed and let go of everything else.

Plenty of people can be annoying but you don’t have to be annoyed. All sorts of situations can be frustrating but you don’t have to be frustrated.

Rise above all that. There is great, unique value in your life and that value deserves to be expressed and experienced by you, here, today.

You have love to give, joy to live, achievements to bring to the world, and a whole lot of other important things to do. Put your energy into what lifts you up and pushes you forward.

The world is as it is, and you can decide to be better for it, more motivated, more determined and more effective. As often as necessary, take the opportunity to start again, and bring your special goodness to all of life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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