Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-18-2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Today's Gift

Large streams from little fountains flow. —David Everett

Somewhere nearby, no matter where we are, runs a creek. We've seen plenty of them, narrow and rocky. In summer it's hardly a creek at all, but in the spring, it feeds a mighty river.

Each of us is like that creek, a trickle contributing to some greater plan. Sometimes we feel dried up, contributing nothing. Often we feel small, rocky, not up to the task - when we can understand what the task is.

Sometimes the task seems too simple - get up each morning, love and work and live the day as honestly as we can. What kind of contribution is that? Sometimes it seems too complicated. How much more we could contribute if we could see the whole river - where it begins and ends - if we knew what would happen tomorrow.

So we ebb and flow. And in our moments of contentment, we know we are doing the best we can each day.

What contribution, however small, can I offer the world today?

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

Today was like a shadow. It lurked behind me. It's now gone forever. Why is it that time is such a difficult thing to befriend? --Mary Casey

Each passing minute is all that we are certain of having. The choice is ever present to relish the moment, reaping fully whatever its benefits, knowing that we are being given just what we need each day of our lives. We must not pass up what is offered today.

Time accompanies us like a friend, though often a friend denied or ignored. We can't recapture what was offered yesterday. It's gone. All that stands before us is here, now.
We can nurture the moment and know that the pain and pleasures offered us with each moment are our friends, the teachers our inner selves await. And we can be mindful that this time, this combination of events and people, won't come again. They are the gift of the present. We can be grateful.

We miss the opportunities the day offers because we don't recognize the experiences as the lesson designed for the next stage of our development. The moment's offerings are just, necessary, and friendly to our spiritual growth.

Action for the Day: I will take today in my arms and love it. I will love all it offers; it is a friend bearing gifts galore.

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

In my view, some of the evidences of a spiritual awakening are:
maturity; an end to habitual hatred; the ability to love and to be loved in return;
the ability to believe, even without understanding,
that Something lets the sun rise in the morning and set at night,
makes the leaves come out in the spring and drop off in the fall, and gives the birds song.
Why not let this Something be your Higher Power?
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 48

Thought to Ponder . . .
A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E L P =
Higher Power's Ever-Loving Presence.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Every small detail
by Ralph Marston

The possibilities that become reality are the ones to which you give meaning and focus. The goals you fully achieve are the ones you truly desire.

The world where you live is the world you choose with your thoughts, your actions, your attention and your commitment. What you experience depends on what you set as priorities.

You cannot fill your thoughts with negativity and expect to achieve positive results. Who you truly are on the inside drives your experience of the world on the outside.

Integrity is more than just a platitude. It is an indisputable and inescapable fact of existence.

Every small detail of your life makes up the whole of your life. Each moment is an opportunity to align those details with what’s most important to you.

Choose in every situation and in every detail to support and reinforce the best of who you know you can be. Act as though everything you do creates the life you live, because it does.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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