Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 9-7-2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Today's Gift

Talk doesn't cook rice. --Chinese proverb

Some of us are crazy about self-help books, inspirational tapes, and personal improvement seminars. We'll buy or sign up for anything, whatever the price, if it promises revolutionary insights or a foolproof new system. We want relief in a day and deliverance in a weekend. And we want the expert of the hour to do it for us.

There's nothing wrong with wishing, of course. But there's a lot wrong with kidding ourselves as a way of life. Think about it: If progress could be bought, we wouldn't need to be meditating. If personal transformation resulted from collecting new ideas, we'd have been transformed long ago. Exploring is great. And looking for all the inspiration and wisdom we can find is necessary for growth. But changing is doing. All the plans and schemes for improvement put together won't change a thing if we don't put the principles into daily practice. Even catchy words are just words.

Today, I will take the best plan I have and put it into action. Today, I will say less and do more.

From the book Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk In Dry Places

What do We Deserve?

Good Expectations

We hear about people who snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Some of us do that even in
sobriety, experiencing failure just as success seems imminent.

At times, we may just be suffering from a bad situation that is all around us. But if we do seem to be having one bad break after another, we should look
more carefully within ourselves for causes. We may be punishing
ourselves, or pushing away our good simply because we do not feel worth
of it.

If we discover that this process is working in our lives, we must begin
changing these false patterns immediately. Having forgiven ourselves and
others, and having made amends, we need no punishment. We will work to
succeed in all of our activities, with a reasonable expectation of
success most of the time. We will expect and deserve the

Action for the Day: I'll carry with me today a belief that I deserve to succeed and will
take all necessary action to earn my success.

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

One Day At A Time

Creator’s Children
If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us,
whatever our race, creed, color, or orientation are the children of a loving Creator
with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms
as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 28

Thought to Ponder . . .
Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W H O =
Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

by Ralph Marston

Confidence is a golden key to achievement of your most treasured dreams. Confidence will open doors for you and will enable you to perform with excellence once you get inside those doors. Confidence will earn you respect and will get you results. Confidence will free you from countless hours of wasted worry. It will bring a priceless energy and enthusiasm to whatever you undertake.

Confidence is not something you acquire by seeking it directly. Instead, it grows as you give it more reason to grow, as you make the foundation for that confidence more solid. True confidence comes not as a result of attempting to be confident, but rather as a result of working to make a difference in the world.

Confidence comes from knowing that what you’re doing is right, and that what you’re doing is right for you. It is built by taking risks and seeking challenges. It is strengthened through experience, perseverance and commitment.

Know who you are and where you’re going, and your confidence will grow. Keep yourself focused and disciplined, and your confidence will soar. Live with integrity and the awesome power of true confidence will be yours with which to do great things.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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