Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-1-2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Today's Gift

For to be a complete person is to have interests and duties, raying out in all directions from the central mother-core, like spokes from the hub of a wheel. —Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It is sometimes easy to get overwhelmed by our duties, forgetting that our interests fit the scheme of our lives. They are inspired by our lives and flow from them. Our interests round us out; they beckon us to become our better selves.

Our duties have their places as well. In our careers, with our families and friends, we have responsibilities. People need to be able to count on us for our part in completing their particular scheme for life.

Finding the right balance between our duties and our interests takes daily attention. It is perhaps our greatest struggle. Feeling duty-bound is common among women; putting a low value on our interests is a familiar trick we play on ourselves.

We need reminding that our interests will cull out our better, inner selves. We must stretch to become all we are meant to be.

Each day I need to pay heed to interests as well as duties. I will let no day go by without heeding an interest.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

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

That which is lacking in the present world is a profound knowledge of the nature of things. --Frithjof Schuon

Most of us have very narrow, limited ways of understanding what happens to us. We are generally practical people, and if something goes wrong we immediately begin to think of how to fix it. We take a cause-and-effect approach to understand the events around us rather than a circular or symbolic approach. Perhaps we turn quickly to blaming instead of asking what is the meaning or the message in what is happening. We see our own experience as the center of events. We forget that our lives are only today's expression in a line of generations before us.

We become too self-satisfied with our ways of understanding the world. It may be comforting to think we understand what is going on. When we let go of that comfort and open ourselves to a more profound awareness, we enter the spiritual realm. Here we learn that facts are not enough to achieve truth. We begin to understand that love - in the form of connections with all of creation - is where we find the most profound meaning.

Action for the Day: Today I will remember that I am a part of the whole universe, and my relationship with my Higher Power will open me to profound knowledge.

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

One Day At A Time

The Journey
You move either way from a drink or toward one. People never stand still.
Life is not arrival at a destination; life is to travel to many destinations.
You must reach your potential in sobriety. Enjoy the journey, bumpy roads and all.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 85

Thought to Ponder . . .
The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
mazing Adventure

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

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Engage your imagination
by Ralph Marston

You can always get more from each experience than just the experience itself. Engage your imagination to add its own flavor of richness.

Beauty is just as much about what you perceive as what is actually there. Enjoy the kinds of beauty that enable imagination to play an active role.

Make every day an immersive and creative experience. Find ways for your imagination to fill in the details.

Your imagination can turn an ordinary chore into a satisfying adventure. No day, no task, no situation is ever boring when you bring along some imagination.

With your imagination, you invest a deep, meaningful part of yourself in life’s moments. Layered right on top of what is, imagination shows you what can be.

Don’t limit your life experience to mere sensations. Add to them with a unique, active imagination, and elevate your experience into entire new realms.

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

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