Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-6-2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Today's Gift

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. -- Soren Kierkegaard

One of Mark Twain's most interesting writings states we should live life backwards from the age of eighty to the time we were just a gleam in someone's eye. How much more we'd learn, he felt, if we already knew how to live before we had to.

We may fantasize sometimes about going back with the tools of the of life we're using today to our families, our high schools, or our dating years. It may please us to think of how "together" we would be with such tools, knowing what we know now.

But we can't live backwards. Every year we move along in age, experience, maturity, and wisdom. Sometimes we only see such growth on birthdays, when we look back to a year ago at who we were then and who we are now. As our years advance, so do we. Sometimes we need to take a brief look backward in order to see this.

Today I'll remember that to see my growth all I have to do is look at where I was a year ago. I have advanced in age, but I've also advanced in wisdom and maturity.

From the book Night Light by Amy E. Dean. ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are: and what we already are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline. --H. P. Viddon

In the ninth inning of the baseball game with a tie score and the bases loaded, the batter hit a home run. The fans and the team cheered wildly, and the batter was jubilant.

What many fans did not know was that he had been playing on baseball teams for fifteen years. Many times he struggled without being noticed. He wondered if he was any good or not, and there were days he had to make himself go out and practice. He made many mistakes, but his love and dedication for the game had always won out.

It is the years of discipline that prepare us for our big moments in life. Daily practice and love give our lives a direction, even through times of doubt and despair. By doing our best each day and learning from our mistakes, we prepare ourselves for the big moments--the home runs--in our lives.

Action for the Day: Today I will ask myself, "How are my mistakes and pains today a part of my future success?"

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

One Day At A Time

Our very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are,
ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are.
This is to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even begin.
Again and again, we shall need to return to that unflattering point of departure.
This is an exercise in acceptance that we can profitably practice every day of our lives.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 199

Thought to Ponder . . .
Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

All the possibilities
by Ralph Marston

You may not be able to move forward in the way you planned. So, move forward some other way.

You may be prevented from going in the direction you intended. Yet there are plenty of other positive directions in which you can go.

Don’t allow yourself to see the obstacles as excuses. See them as opportunities.

Planning is important, but the plan is not the achievement. If the plan doesn’t bring the progress you seek, put your positive energy into another approach.

You absolutely can live the fulfilling life you wish to live. Open yourself to all the possibilities, not just the ones you originally imagined.

Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm and commitment will get you there. This is an ideal time to put them all to work for you.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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