Friday, September 23, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-23-2016

Friday, September 23, 2016
Today's Gift

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or the life of another. —Helen Keller

It is a great loss when we underestimate the importance of our efforts in the life of another. One man, who had to spend some time in a hospital, waited day after day to receive a card or a telephone call from those who cared. Some people, who he expected to call or write, did not. Others, who the man had not felt close to, and whom he did not expect to hear from, surprised him with their concern. He came to place greater value on those who had cared enough to call or send a card.

A little act, the best we have at that moment, makes a big difference to the person on the other end. Knowing this helps us make sure that all our acts, even the smallest, are as good as we can make them, because they all make a difference.

What small acts of those around me have made a difference to me?

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

Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail. --John Donne

All of us have some difficult circumstances to face today. Some among us find ourselves in the hospital or in jail. Others are worried about pressures and frustrations at work. Tensions and concerns about war and the future of the world affect us all. We have many uncontrollable circumstances in our lives, but we don't have to give ourselves over to them. A man's body may be in jail while in his heart he is free.

We build a palace for our spirits by maintaining contact with our Higher Power. We are always within the circle of our Higher Power's love. Always! Knowing that helps us make peace with the limits on what we can do about our situations. Then we can go forth working to make peace in our relationships, accomplish what is possible in our lives, and make a contribution to others.

Action for the Day: Today, I will remember that the frustrations around me are not all of who I am. When I am at peace within, I live among spiritual riches.

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

One Day At A Time

I have shortcomings and defects of character. I never have been and never can be perfect.
As that realization became a part of me—and it took time—
it brought me one of the greatest of the many blessings that have come to me from AA.
I learned to accept myself as a fallible human being.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2}, p. 167

Thought to Ponder . . .
Give me the courage to be imperfect.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A R T = A
lways Remain Teachable

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

New adventures
by Ralph Marston

There are so many good things you can do, places you can go, people you can meet. Don’t let yourself get stuck in the habit of only doing what is comfortable, what is familiar.

A whole world exists beyond what you already know. Regularly explore some new part of it, physically and intellectually.

Refresh and revitalize yourself with new ideas, new experiences, new situations and new acquaintances. Each day is unique, so fill it with new, unique substance.

It’s easy to retreat to what’s comfortable. But by doing so all the time, you build a prison from which it’s more and more difficult for you to escape.

Opinions, beliefs, relationships, interests, skills and knowledge all benefit from being regularly challenged. Strengthen yourself by venturing beyond what’s familiar.

Get out of the comfortable sameness. Push yourself into new adventures where you’ll add great new richness to your life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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