Friday, October 21, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-21-2016

Friday, October 21, 2016
Today's Gift

The strength of the drive determines the force required to suppress it. —Mary Jane Sherfey

We are all struggling to succeed. And each day of our lives we'll be confronted with major or minor adversities that might well interfere with our success. Adversities don't have to hinder us, however. They can strengthen us, if we incorporate them as opportunities for growth.

For many of us, the ability to handle adversity is a fairly recent phenomenon. And not always can we do it securely and with ease. But when coming to believe that a power greater than ourselves is at hand and will guarantee us all the strength we'll ever need. Knowing that action is always possible, that passive acceptance of any condition need never be necessary are unconditional gifts of living authentically.

Our path forward is as certain as our commitment to it, our belief in the strength of ourselves, and our faith that all is well even when times are troubled. No one ever promised that our new way of life would be always easy. But we have been promised that we'll arrive at our proper destination if we do the footwork and let our Higher Power do the navigating.

Success is at hand. I will apply what I'm learning, and I'll meet it.

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

"We admitted we were powerless..."

Accepting that we cannot control other people's behavior is a huge step. We want what is best for them, don't we? Can't they see that? What we didn't understand before finding this program was that each individual is on a unique journey. What appears to us the best course to follow may not provide the lessons another person is here to learn.

And it may be dawning on us that one of our key lessons is how to give up trying to control someone else. Sometimes we believe we can control others because our goading or shaming gets them to give in and go along with our demands. However, we're really not in control. We are still powerless over them, and any time they want to make that clear, they will.

Accepting our powerlessness isn't a hopeless feeling at all, once we understand it. It offers us profound relief from the burden of responsibility for another person's life. In time this freedom will make us joyful.

Action for the Day: Being in charge of only me today makes my day seem so much easier.

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

One Day At A Time

I think I stopped maturing at fifteen when I started to get drunk with the older guys.
I wanted to feel at peace with myself and comfortable with other people.
I never found it in drinking.
The belonging I always wanted I have found in AA and in sobriety.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 485

Thought to Ponder . . .
The sense of belonging is tremendously exciting.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A =
You Are Not Alone

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Follow through
by Ralph Marston

Start with confidence, continue with confidence, and finish with confidence. There’s a reason you have chosen to act, so follow all the way through.

When you’re tempted to become disillusioned with the effort, challenge yourself to take just three or four more steps. After doing so, you’ll have worked your way past the disillusionment.

Pay attention to what you’re doing in the moment, while also keeping the goal in mind. With a meaningful purpose, you’ll find energy to move through any challenge.

If you begin to doubt yourself, continue to act, continue to make the effort anyway. Your actions will soon erase the doubts.

The more invested you are in what you’re doing, the more motivated you’ll be to continue. Give your best to each task, and be unstoppable.

You have chosen, for a very good reason, to do something useful, valuable, meaningful. Follow through, all the way, and get it done.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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