Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-22-2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Today's Gift

The power of a person's virtue should not be measured by their special efforts, but by their ordinary doing. --Blaise Pascal

The airplane kit is on the table in front of us. We have the glue, the little wooden pieces, and the instructions. We work for hours putting together each piece, step by step. A dab of glue here, a clamp there, maybe some rubber bands to hold the bigger pieces together. We work slowly, allowing the glue to set overnight, even though we want to see it fly right now. We follow each step in order, even though we think we know how to do it on our own. Patience is the most important asset we bring to this activity - the willingness to allow each step its own time and proper place.

After we've done all the careful work and waited till the glue is firm, we take it out for a trial flight. It soars!

So do we, when we allow ourselves time to learn each step of the way.

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

Emotional Sobriety
Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top approval, perfect security, and perfect romance
—urges quite appropriate to age seventeen—
prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at age forty-seven or fifty-seven.
Since AA began, I’ve taken immense wallops in all these areas
because of my failure to grow up, emotionally and spiritually.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 236

Thought to Ponder . . .
Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional, growing spiritually is up to me.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G R O W T H =
God Reveals Other Ways To Heal

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Living in harmony
by Ralph Marston

You won’t change minds by criticizing what people believe. The way to influence minds and hearts is with love, care, respect, understanding.

No one gains enthusiastic cooperation by trickery or by fighting for it. To achieve true cooperation, find a way to align your interest with the other person’s interest.

If you act with brute force you are met with brute force. When you act with understanding you earn understanding in return.

Whatever you care about is best served by supporting whatever those around you care about. Though you may not agree with others, you can still benefit from living in harmony with them.

Be a positive example of what you believe, of the values you hold. People will listen when they’re inspired, not when they’re scolded.

Act with respect, tolerance, understanding and love. Allow the other people in your life to be an endless source of joy and fulfillment.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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