Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-29-2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Today's Gift

Friendships that work are relationships in which friends help each other to belong to themselves. —Louise Bernikow

To have anything worth giving to a friend, we must belong to ourselves. Are we someone we like? Does our behavior agree with our beliefs? Do our friends share our values, and when we are together do we support one another?

If we don't like our own company, we will try to hide our real selves. The more we hide, the further we are running from wholeness and health. We can assess ourselves, calmly and lovingly, so that we can keep on becoming the person we want to be. The more congruent are our behavior and our beliefs, the more we belong to ourselves. The better we like ourselves, the better friends we can be.

The love and sympathy of my friends can help me in my spiritual journey toward serenity, and I can help theirs. Today, I will accompany others on their journey, and thus find company for my own.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places


When should I be Grateful?
One spiritual writer believed that our only reason for gratitude should
be that we are part of God's universe. Others point out that gratitude
helps us, not our Higher Power or the other people to whom we are grateful.

Their point is that it's not very uplifting simply to tie our gratitude to
certain gifts or benefits. Such gratitude is fairly shallow and is almost
no more than good manners. As recovering alcoholics, we need more
than that.

The best reason for gratitude is the outlook it creates as we cultivate it
within ourselves. We will actually feel mentally and physically uplifted if
we know true gratitude. This is the true spiritual outlook alcoholics seek
in the bottle but can find only in the new way of life.

Action for the Day: I'll find ways to practice gratitude today without letting others know what I'm doing.

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

One Day At A Time

The alcoholic or addict is like a tornado roaring their way through the lives of others.
Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted.
Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil.
We feel a person is unthinking when they say that sobriety is enough.
They are like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find his home ruined.
To his wife, he remarked,
“Don’t see anything the matter here, Ma. Ain’t it grand the wind stopped blowin’?”
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 82

Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is a journey, not a destination.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A =
Altered Attitudes

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Giving your attention
by Ralph Marston

When you want to give something of real value to another, give your attention. When you seek to develop true understanding, give your sincere attention.

You can learn, you can lead, you can build lasting relationships and create much value by paying attention. When lecturing, pleading and arguing fail to get your point across, giving your attention very likely will.

Yes, it can be difficult to give your full attention in a fast-moving world that is filled with distractions. And yet, the more distractions there are, the more precious and valuable your attention becomes.

Give something to others that is one hundred percent you. Give the gift of your attention.

There are people all around you who are yearning to be heard, and seen, and noticed and understood. By truly paying attention, you enrich your life as well as theirs.

Even if you have nothing else to give, you can always give your attention. It will be surely welcomed and treasured as it brings real light to the world.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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