Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-23-2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Today's Gift

It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more "adulthood" to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind. --Alex Karras

In our culture, being a strong often means being tough and not showing feelings. When we realize that those are silly and immature myths, even though we see them repeatedly on TV, on billboards, and in newspapers.

When we are told these things repeatedly, it makes an impact on us. So we need to hear from each other that this is not the way we wish to live. We don't admire these attitudes, and we don't believe the stories. Truly courageous men know themselves. They have been around enough to have depth to their souls, to let themselves love, and to feel the pain of life.

Today, I am grateful to know and share my feelings and to have genuine relationships with those I love.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. --Stevie Wonder

It has been easy for many of us to meet our limitations with self-pity. Maybe we think being real means always being strong, capable, and in charge. If we have a handicap, like blindness or a learning disability, we may have thought we were less masculine or less worthy.

All of us have handicaps. Some are greater than others, and some are more visible than others. These handicaps confront us with our powerlessness. We do not find our finest human qualities until we have met our limitations and accepted them. A new side of our strength develops when we accept our powerlessness and yield to it rather than trying to take charge of it. We develop greater vision when we stop feeling sorry for ourselves about our handicap and surrender to its truth. We then see our kinship with all men and women who struggle with their limitations.

Action for the Day: Today, I will set aside self-pity and remember to be grateful for the lessons my limitations have taught me.

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

One Day At A Time

A Lesson
I spent most of my life worrying about myself, thinking that I was unwanted, that I was unloved.
I’ve learned since that the more I worry about me loving you,
and the less I worry about you loving me, the happier I will be.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p. 218

Thought to Ponder . . .
Happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H J F =
Happy, Joyous, Free

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Examine your weaknesses
by Ralph Marston

Don’t be afraid to examine your weaknesses. In them you’ll find some of your greatest potential.

Certainly you can always make improvements to what you already do well. Yet at best, those will be incremental improvements.

Consider, though, what happens when you work on overcoming your weaknesses. The results in your life can be revolutionary.

In fact, transforming a weakness into a strength can make all your other strengths more effective. When the weakness is no longer holding you back, every part of your life will see the benefits.

Be thankful for your strengths. And be honest about your weaknesses.

For when you are clear about what you cannot yet do well, that’s the first step to improvement. Any weakness can be transformed into strength when you simply have the courage to grow.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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