Friday, September 30, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-30-2016

Friday, September 30, 2016
Today's Gift

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? —Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

We choose the lives we lead. We choose sadness or happiness; success for failure; dread or excited anticipation. Whether or not we are conscious of our choices, we are making them every moment.

Accepting full responsibility for our actions is one of the requirements of maturity. Not always the easiest thing to do, but necessary to our further development. An unexpected benefit of accepting our responsibility is that it heightens our awareness of personal power. Our well being is within our power. Happiness is within our power. Our attitude about any condition, present or future, is within our power, if we take it.

Life is "doing unto us" only what we allow. And it will favor us with whatever we choose. If we look for excitement, we'll find it. We can search out the positive in any experience. All situations present seeds of new understanding, if we are open to them. Our responses to the events around us determine whatever meaning life offers. We are in control of our outlook. And our outlook decides our future.

This day is mine, fully, to delight in - or to dread. The decision is always mine.

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

Keep It Simple

The house, the stars, the desert--what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible. --Antoine de Saint Exupery

What makes our home special? Is it the shape of it, or whether or not we have carpeting? Probably not.
More likely, what makes us love a place is how we feel when we are there. Home is the familiarity of pleasant smells, activities, and special people.
And when we are caught by the beauty of the stars, isn't it something that happens inside us--the breathtaking feeling of joy that is so hard to describe? The beauty of a day or a special person in our lives cannot be captured, but it can fill and warm our hearts.

Action for the Day: I will measure beauty today by what I feel inside.

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

One Day At A Time

To have courage, to be unafraid, are gifts of my recovery. . . .
Making amends may require a certain amount of honesty that I feel I lack,
yet with the help of our Higher Power and the wisdom of others, I can reach within and find the strength to act.
My amends may be accepted, or they may not, but after they are completed
I can walk with a sense of freedom and know that for today, I am responsible.
- Daily Reflections, p. 263

Thought to Ponder . . .
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T G I F = T
hanking God Is Freedom

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Discover your way forward
by Ralph Marston

If you’re not sure how to begin, you’re in good company. No one is ever one hundred percent certain how to start on something new.

The only way you can be sure of what you’re doing is to already have it done. So wherever you are, whatever you know or don’t know, go ahead and get started.

Your approach might be totally wrong. If it is, you’ll quickly find out.

You will absolutely need to make adjustments as you go. The path will never be exactly as you imagined.

Though you’re not sure what to do, there is one thing you can be sure of. The only way to figure it out is to start.

Get going, do something, give it your best with a commitment to see it through. Discover your way forward, and you’ll get it done.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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