Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-25-2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Today's Gift

... in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me when as yet there was none of them. —Ps. 139:16

Letting Go of the Past

Some people believe that each of our days were planned, Divinely Ordered, before we were born. God knew, they say, and planned exactly what was to transpire.

Others suggest we chose, we participated in planning our life - the events, the people, the circumstances that were to take place, in order to work through our issues and learn the lessons we needed to master.

Whatever our philosophy, our interpretation can be similar: Our past is neither an accident nor a mistake. We have been where we needed to be, with the necessary people. We can embrace our history, with its pain, its imperfections, and its mistakes, even its tragedies. It is uniquely ours; it was intended just for us.

Today, we are right where we need to be. Our present circumstances are exactly as they need to be - for now.

Today, I will let go of my guilt and fear about my past and present circumstances. I will trust that where I have been and where I am now are right for me.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection; the water has no mind to receive their image. --Zenrin poem

There are moments which simply happen through no conscious intention or will on anyone's part. The image of an old woman with a peaceful face, the smell of smoke rising from a chimney on a chilly night, the knowing look of recognition from a friend as we make a comment, the special feeling of a touch. These are spiritual moments because they reach a deeper part of our being. They are like a sliver in time set aside which nourishes our souls and adds serenity to our lives.

We grow when we learn to notice these kinds of moments. In our willfulness, we have often missed them before because we simply were not open to anything we weren't already looking for. This world is so much larger than the human mind. In recovery, we can take time to admire the beauty reflected around us.

Action for the Day: Today, I will let the rest of life intrude upon my mind. I will let myself be nourished by what comes along.

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

One Day At A Time

“When We Were Wrong—“
We should attempt, in a spirit of humility and deep reflection,
to see clearly where we were wrong.
It helps to discuss these failures with other members,
in order to crystalize our mistakes and prevent their recurrence.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], pp. 19-20

Thought to Ponder . . .
It's not making a mistake that will kill me. It's defending it that does the damage.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = N
o Other Way

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Begin your future
by Ralph Marston

Even if you’ve failed ten thousand times, success is within your reach. Just because you’ve made mistakes does not mean you must continue to make them.

Simply realizing that you’ve made an error is a major step toward correcting that error and getting past it. The beauty of now is that it’s the end of your past and the beginning of whatever future you choose.

If you’re satisfied with where you’ve been headed, then by all means keep going there. If you’re disappointed with what has been, now is your chance to set a different direction for what can be.

Imagine how great it would feel to know that you’re successfully living life on your own terms. Imagine it, and then know that even now you can make that feeling real.

You already know that your actions have very real consequences, for you are living those consequences today. This is your opportunity to choose the consequences you most desire by taking the positive actions that will bring them about.

Always, success is yours to define and create. Choose now to make it happen.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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