Friday, August 12, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-12-2016

Friday, August 12, 2016
Today's Gift

I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. —Anne Frank

We don't find the rewards of today by searching through our misfortunes. Pausing to seek out something good for everything we find bad is a step in the right direction. We may find the good outweighs the bad.

But how much more chance we will have of living a happy day if we skip over our setbacks and concentrate as much as we can on what is going well. It is smarter to look for diamonds in a diamond mine than in a garbage dump.

Let us discard our failures, using only what we have learned from them to achieve success. Looking back at missed opportunities will make it impossible for us to recognize new chances to enjoy life to the fullest. Looking only for beauty is a beautiful thing in itself.

What beauty can I see around me right now?

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

Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can match. --Ingrid Bengis

In the imagination are transmitted messages, from our Higher Power to us. Inspiration is born there. So are dreams. Both give rise to the goals that urge us forward, that invite us to honor this life we've been given with a contribution, one like no other contribution.

Our imagination offers us ideas to ponder, ideas specific to our development. It encourages us to take steps unique to our time, our place, our intended gifts to the world. We can be alert to this special "inner voice" and let it guide our decisions; we can trust its urgings. It's charged with serving us, but only we can decide to "listen."

The imagination gives us another tool: belief in ourselves. And the magic of believing offers us strength and capabilities even beyond our fondest hopes. It prepares us for the effort we need to make and for handling whatever outcome our Higher Power has intended.

Action for the Day: My imagination will serve me today. It will offer me the ideas and the courage I need to go forth.

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 are examples of self-will run riot, though they usually don’t think so.
Above everything, we alcoholics and addicts 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 . . .
My Higher Power can only do for me what They can do through me.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G O D =
Good Orderly Direction

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Start with joy
by Ralph Marston

It’s great to have joyful memories. Yet as good as those memories may be, you don’t have to lock away your joy in the past.

Sometimes the memories are not so joyful. Yet that doesn’t prevent you from choosing joy on this day, on any day.

Joy does not require any specific condition. In fact, joy is what creates fondly remembered circumstances.

If you seek a joyful situation, start with joy. Keep giving and feeling joy, and the situation will unfold accordingly.

Stop trying to manufacture joy by arranging external conditions. Just let your joy flow out from the inside.

Start with joy, and live with joy. Add joy to each day, no matter what.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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