Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-12-2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Today's Gift

When a person drowns their self in negative thinking they are committing an unspeakable crime against them self. -- Maxwell Maltz

Negative thoughts can rule our lives. The feelings of power we get from holding a dismal and gloomy outlook deprive us of the positive and pleasant parts of life. Some of us have said, "If I expect the worst, I won't be disappointed. If I think the worst about myself, no one else can cut me down." It is like taking a driving trip and looking only for trash and garbage in the ditches, ignoring the beauty beyond. Indeed, what we see may be real, but it is a very limited piece of the picture.

When we have relied on negative thinking, it feels risky to give it up. We cannot do it in one day. We can begin by imagining ourselves with a more open attitude toward ourselves and the world. Then we can try it out as an experiment in little ways, with no commitment. Finally we reach the point where we can take a risk and entrust our Higher Power with the outcome.

Today, I will experiment with hopeful and positive thoughts about what happens.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

...there are two entirely opposite attitudes possible in facing the problems of one's life. One, to try and change the external world, the other, to try and change oneself. --Joanna Field

God grant us the courage to change what we can--ourselves. How difficult it is to let go of our struggles to control and change someone else. How frequently we assume that everything would be fine if only someone else would change. All that needs to change is an attitude, our own.

Taking responsibility for improving one's own life is an important step toward emotional health. Blaming another for our circumstances keeps us stuck and offers no hope for improved conditions. Personal power is as available as our decision to use it. And it is bolstered by all the strength we'll ever need. The decision to take our lives in hand will exhilarate us. The decision each day to be thoughtful, prayerful, and wholly responsible for all that we do will nourish our developing selves. Each responsible choice moves us toward our wholeness, strengthening our sense of self, our well-being.

Action for the Day: I will change only who I can today: myself.

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

One Day At A Time

I have found that the process of discovering who I really am begins
with knowing who I really don’t want to be.
And although my dysfunctions are like gravity, just waiting to pull me down,
AA and the Twelve Steps are like the power that causes an airplane to become airborne:
It only works when the pilot is doing the right things to make it work.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 456-457

Thought to Ponder . . .
Recovery is discovery.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S =
Keep It Serenely Simple

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Away from negativity

by Ralph Marston

When you’re tempted to give out judgment, see if you can offer understanding instead. Rather than trying to prove you’re right, seek to improve the situation for everyone.

Anger, frustration, resentment and their kin will indeed pump you up with great energy. As quickly as possible, transform that energy into positive pursuits.

When events get blown out of proportion, as they always do, remind yourself to be calm. Instead of reacting to the drama of the day, renew your commitment to your highest values.

It’s important to hold people responsible for their actions. But it’s a waste to obsess endlessly over who is to blame for every undesirable turn of events.

Focus your thoughts on the good you can do, on spreading that good as far as possible. Put your efforts into personally adding new value to life.

Step away from the negativity, refusing to let it consume you. There is much good you can do, so fulfill your best possibilities and enjoy getting it done.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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