Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-21-2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Today's Gift

Silently one by one
in the infinite meadows of heaven
Blossomed the lovely stars,
the forget-me-nots of angels.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tales told about the stars reflect a lot about the people who tell them. The constellation now called Orion was once called Hippolyta. Hippolyta was one of the Amazon queens. The Amazons were women warriors who had four leaders instead of one: two older women and two younger women. Everyone could benefit from the experience and wisdom of the older and the strength and vigor of the younger.

After Hippolyta died, they named this constellation for her to honor her and remind themselves of her wisdom and bravery. 

We can draw a good lesson from the value the Amazons placed on the contribution each one could make, no matter how young or old. When we remain alert to the possibility of learning from people we hadn't seriously considered as teachers, we are reminded of our often forgotten value to others.

What can I offer in wisdom or strength to others today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places


The Good that I do
Why do we hold back when we’re offered the opportunity to help others or to do something unusually kind? Why is it that many people are reluctant to give of themselves unless rewarded with recognition or praise?

We may hold back because we do not understand that any good action always brings its own reward. Despite Shakespeare’s timeless saying, the good we do is not “interred with our bones”… it does survive, now and in the future.

We’ve learned in Twelve Step programs that it’s not really satisfying to work only for recognition and praise. There also has to be a confident feeling that our efforts are contributing to a large good with a worthwhile purpose. That’s what makes AA so special to people who are completely devoted to it… we know that anything done for AA makes the world a better place.

We should also know that those who can help others are fortunate, well-favored people. Others may want to help, but lack the tools. We have the tools to give the help that changes lives---- and the world.

Action for the Day: The good that I do today is a treasure I’ll always possess.

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

One Day At A Time

The fellowship in AA is unique.
Ties are made overnight that it would take years to develop elsewhere.
No one needs a false front. All barriers are down.
Some who have felt outcasts all their lives now know they really belong.
From feeling as if they were dragging anchor through life,
they suddenly sail free before the wind.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 259

Thought to Ponder . . .
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E L L O W S H I P =
aith, Empathy, Learning, Love, Openness, Wisdom,
Self-worth, Hope, Insight, Peace

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

There is an answer
by Ralph Marston

There is an answer to your problem. Just because you haven’t found it yet, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

There is an answer, and very likely it hides behind your own ego. When you accept that you don’t know it all, can’t do it all, you’re closer to finding the answer.

Life constantly changes, and the way things worked before may no longer be a good model. If the problem is due to some new development, the best solution could be something new as well.

Instead of fighting, sulking or giving up in the face of the problem, use a different approach. Accept it, and even be thankful for it, eager to learn what it can teach.

Then, open yourself to all possibilities. Don’t reject a solution simply because you can’t take credit for it.

There are answers, solutions, good and workable ways forward. Allow yourself to find them, free of any preconceived notion, and you will.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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