Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-10-2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Today's Gift

Because society would rather we always wore a pretty face, we have been trained to cut off anger. —Nancy Friday

Anger is an emotion. Not a bad one, nor a good one; it simply exists when particular conditions in our lives are not met as we'd hoped.

We can get free of our anger if we choose to take action appropriate to it. Anger can be a healthy prompter of action. But when no action is taken, anger turns inward, negatively influencing our perceptions of all experiences, all human interaction.

We need to befriend all of our emotions. We need to trust that they all can serve us when we befriend them, learn from them, act in healthy concert with them. Our emotions reveal the many faces of our soul. And all are valid, deserving respect and acceptance. They are all representative of the inner self.

Because we are less at home with anger, it becomes more powerful. When we deny it, it doesn't disappear. It surfaces in unrelated circumstances, complicating our lives in unnecessary ways. We can learn to enjoy our anger by celebrating the positive action it prompts. We can cherish the growth that accompanies it, when we take the steps we need to.

It's okay for me to be angry today. It's growthful, if I use it for good.

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

Humility is just as much the opposite of self-abasement as it is of self-exaltation. --Dag Hammarskjold

In our struggles with self-hate and guilt, we may have thought we were humble - or perhaps even too humble. But self-abasement, which often alternates with feelings of superiority, is not the spiritual quality of humility that we strive for in our program.

With humility, we respect ourselves and our place in the universe. Humility is having ourselves in perspective, knowing we are connected to the whole world, accepting how small and powerless we are, and accepting the power and responsibility we have. With this spiritual feeling comes a sense of awe for the world we live in and a feeling of gratitude for the life we've been given.

Action for the Day: The humility I feel today goes hand in hand with my self-respect and gratefulness for being part of life.

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

One Day At A Time

I am grateful for whatever faith I have now, even though it is little more than a seedling —
far, so very far, from the kind of faith that moves mountains.
There is so much more to know, and no limit to the growth of faith.
So I shall continue trying to work the Eleventh Step,
trying to improve my conscious contact with my Higher Power as I understand Them.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 177

Thought to Ponder . . .
Faith isn't believing that our Higher Power can, but that They will.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = F
or All I Trust Him

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

It takes strength
by Ralph Marston

It takes strength to do what must be done when the work is unpleasant and uncomfortable. It takes strength to persist in the face of obstacles, when it would be much easier to simply give up.

It takes strength to be polite to someone when that person has been rude to you. It takes strength to be truthful when a lie would be more convenient.

It takes strength to build for the future. It takes strength to resist temptations and distractions.

It takes strength to do what is right. It takes strength to make an effort when it would be easier to make up an excuse.

It takes strength to do all these things. And all the while, these are the very things that build even more strength.

Be truthful, do what you know is right, put forth effort when it is called for, persist, and the more you do so, the more easily you’ll be able to do so. Exercise your strength, and you’ll surely grow stronger, more capable, and successful in each endeavor.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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