Monday, September 26, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-26-2016

Monday, September 26, 2016
Today's Gift

It may be those who do most, dream most. --Stephen Leacock

Where would we be without the dreamers of the world - the ones who took the time to balance on the edge of wonder? Amazing connections, powerful images, and creative ideas come to us in daydreams. They creep in when we least expect them, like sleek cats, and then make their presence known to us with a gentle pounce.

When we give ourselves permission to daydream - to sit for a while and do nothing but be quiet with our thoughts, we give ourselves a precious gift. And who knows, we just might be giving the world a priceless gift, too! Out of the seeds of some of our dreams, great ideas will blossom.

What first step can I take today to make a dream come true?

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

To try to extinguish the drive for riches with money is like trying to quench afire by pouring butterfat over it. --Hindu proverb

In recovery, we learn what we truly want and what is only a symbol of our desires. Do we truly want to use our energies pursuing success, or are we seeking approval from others? Do we truly want money so much, or are we attempting to escape the basically insecure nature of life? Do we truly enjoy the pleasure of food so much, or are we in search of comfort for our emotions?

Our desires, our wants, and our anxieties are spiritual issues. What at first we think we want may only hide deeper, more vulnerable, and painful feelings. When we admit the deeper fears and desires, we move closer to the spiritual truths of our lives. We can search for acceptance within ourselves and from our Higher Power. We can learn to have spiritual peace in an insecure world. We can learn to accept the love of others even though we know we're not perfect.

Action for the Day: Today, I will ask myself what I want and listen with courage to my answer. It will lead me in my spiritual progress.

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

One Day At A Time

A Sturdy Start
We didn’t get sober entirely on our own. That isn’t the way we learned to stay sober.
And the full enjoyment of living sober isn’t a one-person job, either.
When we could look, even temporarily, at just a few new ideas different from our old ones,
we had already begun to make a sturdy start toward a happy, healthier new life.
- Living Sober, p. 73

Thought to Ponder . . .
I alone can get sober, but I can't get sober alone.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A =
You Are Not Alone

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Joy where you are
by Ralph Marston

What you enjoy doing, you do well. When you enjoy the moment you’re in, you rise to a higher state of awareness, of effectiveness, of existence.

Let your enjoyment be based on choice, not on judgment. Instead of deciding in advance what’s enjoyable and what’s not, simply decide to enjoy whatever is.

No, not everything is enjoyable. Yet a whole lot more people, situations, and activities can be enjoyable if you’ll just let them be.

Let go of the stressful, anxious need to run somewhere else. Peacefully direct your energy into creating real joy, real enjoyment, right where you are.

Allow a little enjoyment, and create more patience, understanding, confidence and focus. Rather than fighting against a difficult situation, choose to enjoy a unique and valuable moment.

Find joy, encourage joy, make joy right where you are. The more you enjoy life, the more there is to enjoy.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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