Monday, August 15, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-15-2016

Monday, August 15, 2016
Today's Gift

Yesterday is history.Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present. ― Alice Morse 

Living in the Present

One day at a time,
This is enough.
Do not look back and grieve over the past.
For it is gone. . .
And do not be troubled about the future.
For it has not yet come.
Live in the present, and make it so beautiful.
That it will be worth remembering.

From the book The 12 Step Prayer Book Volume 2 by Bill P. and Lisa D. ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure. --Simone Weil

How terribly complicated we choose to make life's many questions. Should we call a friend and apologize or wait for her call? Are the children getting the kind of care they must, right now? That we "Came to believe in a power greater than ourselves" is often far from our thoughts when we most need it.

Our need to make all things perfect, to know all the answers, to control everything within our range, creates problems where none really exist. And the more we focus on the problem we've created, the bigger it becomes.

Inattention relieves the tension; last week's problems can seldom be recalled. The one we are keeping a problem with our undivided attention can be turned loose, at this moment. And just as quickly, the turmoil we've been feeling will be beyond recall too.

The program offers us another way to approach life. We need not mutilate it or ourselves. We can learn to accept the things we cannot change, and change the things we can . . . with practice.

Action for the Day: I will pray for wisdom today. I shall expect wisdom, not problems, and the day will smoothly slip by.

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

One Day At A Time

I have come to believe that hard times are not just meaningless suffering
and that something good might turn up at any moment. That’s a big change for someone
who used to come to in the morning feeling sentenced to another day of life.
When I wake up today, there are lots of possibilities.
I can hardly wait to see what’s going to happen next. I keep coming back because it works.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 374

Thought to Ponder . . .
Faith makes the impossible possible.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E =
Hold On; Possibilities Exist

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Positive options
by Ralph Marston

Instead of worrying about the worst that could happen, accept that it could indeed happen. Then put positive energy into making sure it doesn’t, or positioning yourself to successfully deal with things if it does.

Sure, you have perfectly valid concerns about the future. But don’t let those concerns prevent you from taking action.

Now is not the time to panic or give up. Now is when you can work to give yourself positive options.

The sooner you accept that there could eventually be a problem, the more power you have in dealing with it. You can strengthen yourself, or get out of the way, or implement countless other strategies to ensure a positive future.

Worrying, complaining, feeling sad or sorry for yourself won’t do you any good. Choose instead to be realistic, putting thought, energy and action into creating the best outcome.

Focus on the good things you can do right now, to prepare, to grow stronger, to prosper. Face the future with courage and with the commitment to create positive options no matter what may come.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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