Monday, October 24, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-24-2016

Monday, October 24, 2016
Today's Gift

The universal human yearning (is) for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change. —Willa Cather

The specter of change builds dread in most of us. We fear the effects on our personal lives. We lack faith that the impending change will benefit us. Only time can assure us of that. And it will, just as every change we've survived up to now has done.

Changes are gifts, really. They come as hallmarks to our present attainments. They signify successful growth. And they announce our readiness for more growth. How we struggle to understand this, and how quickly we forget it once we have adapted to the change. The struggle is then repeated the next time change visits us.

We long for permanence, believing it guarantees security, not realizing the only real security available to us come with our trust in our Higher Power, from whom all change comes as a blessing on the growth we've attained. If we were to experience total lack of change, we'd find death. Life is challenge, continued change, always endurable and growth enhancing. We can reflect on what's gone before, and trust that which faces us now.

Change means I am progressing, on course.

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

Self-knowledge and self-improvement are very difficult for most people. It usually needs great courage and long struggle. --Abraham Maslow

This is a simple program but it isn't easy. We cannot take the principles we learn and thereby possess them as if we were taking a class or reading a book. We need to live them. We can only get this program by participating with others who are also on the journey. Gradually we absorb it into every fiber of our being. This takes time and dedication.

The honesty required is sometimes frightening and painful. Any man who remains faithful to this program has great courage and deserves deep respect. But we do not have to wait long to begin receiving the rewards. New freedoms, good feelings, and friendships quickly develop, and we are promised in this program to continue growing and to receive more benefits throughout our lives. What rewards have come from our courage and struggle?

Action for the Day: I will give much to my spiritual growth because it gives much to me.

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

One Day At A Time

Silent Revolution
Almost imperceptibly my whole life underwent a silent revolution.
I lost many worries and gained confidence. I found myself saying and thinking things
that a short time ago I would have condemned as platitudes!
A belief in the basic spirituality of life has grown
and with it belief in a supreme and guiding power for good.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p.107

Thought to Ponder . . .
What are you coming to believe? Belief is a continuing action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = A
cceptance, Belief, Change

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

A powerful ally
by Ralph Marston

Things change, and in that change there is always opportunity. Change can often be frightening and difficult. It can leave you feeling vulnerable and wishing that things could go back to how they were before. But wishing won’t make anything happen. Instead, look at the change and decide how you can make the best of it.

Changes will come. They will bring with them new challenges, to be sure. They will also bring new positive possibilities. Always keep in mind that change equals opportunity. The bigger and messier the change is, the bigger and more valuable the opportunity is.

If you fail to see and make the most of that opportunity, the day will certainly come when you’ll regret it. The world is changing faster than ever, so what does that mean? It means more opportunity than ever before. Rather than worrying too much about the changes, seize the opportunities that are embedded in them. Find a way to make change your friend, and you’ll have a powerful ally indeed.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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