Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-19-2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Today's Gift

One of the conclusions I have come to in my old age is the importance of living in the ever-present now. In the past, too often I indulged in the belief that somehow or other tomorrow would be brighter or happier or richer. —Ruth Casey

How easily our minds jump from the present to the foibles of the past or our fears about the future. How seldom are our minds on this moment, and only this moment.

Before we picked up this book, where were our thoughts? We need to practice, with diligence, returning our minds to whatever the experience at hand. A truly creative response to any situation can only be made when we are giving it our undivided attention. And each creative response initiates an even more exciting follow-up experience.

All we have of life, all that it can offer us is here, now. If we close our mind to the present, this present, we'll only continue to do so when the tomorrow we dream of now becomes the present. There are no tomorrows.

I will let go of the past and the future. My only reality is here, now. My Higher Power's gifts are here, today, right now.

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

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. --Matthew 6:34

To worry about something ahead of time is a waste of time and energy that could be better spent on living a full life today.

For instance, if we spend hours today worrying about an important test at school tomorrow, we can't very well concentrate on studying. And if we lie awake tonight agonizing over what we don't know or haven't studied, we're going to be exhausted tomorrow when we take the test.

Wouldn't it be much better to focus on doing all we can today to prepare for the test, and then, knowing we've done our best, let go of it tonight and get a good night's sleep? In fact, if we do that every day of the year, when a big test comes along, we'll know we're as ready as we can be, and won't have a thing to worry about. What a relief it is to know we've done our best today and every day.

Action for the Day: What can I do well today so I won't worry about it tomorrow?

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

One Day At A Time

When I am feeling good and things are going well, I can become complacent.
To put it simply, I become lazy and turn into the problem instead of the solution.
I need to get into action, to take stock: where am I and where am I going?
A daily inventory will tell me what I must change to regain spiritual balance.
- Daily Reflections, p. 283

Thought to Ponder . . .
Inventory-taking is not always done in red ink.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B A T H = B
alance, Action, Thinking, Habits

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Time that is here
by Ralph Marston

There is time, and it is now. You have time, and you have it today.

Instead of waiting for the perfect time, make use of this time, this day, this moment. Rather than wishing for more time, use your energy to more richly fill the time that’s here.

Each moment bestows upon you a great opportunity. It is the opportunity to make a difference, in the way you choose, for what you love.

There is time right now to make a little progress. And when you’re done, you’ll have the inspiration, the momentum, and a fresh moment of time with which to do even more.

Don’t hold yourself back by resorting to excuses. Respect, appreciate and make full use of the time that is here, the time that is yours now.

Each moment flowing into your life is worth more than pure gold. See that potential value, make it real, and now, make it yours.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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