Monday, November 14, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-14-2016

Monday, November 7, 2016
Today's Gift

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.  -Buddha

It's okay to be angry, but it isn't healthy to be resentful. Regardless of what we learned as children, no matter what we saw role modeled, we can learn to deal with our anger in ways that are healthy for us and for those around us. We can have our angry feelings. We can connect with them, own them, and feel them, express them, release them, and be done with them.

We can learn to listen to what anger is telling us about what we want and need in order to take care of ourselves.

Sometimes we can even indulge in angry feelings that aren't justified. Feelings are just feelings; there is no morality in the feeling, only in our behavior. We can feel angry without hurting or abusing others or ourselves. We can learn to deal with anger in ways that benefit our relationships instead of ways that harm them.

If we don't feel our angry feelings today, we will need to face them tomorrow.

Today, I will let myself feel my anger. I will express my anger appropriately, without guilt. Then I will be done with it.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. --Kathleen Casey Theisen

How awesome is our power, personally, to choose our attitudes and our responses to any situation, to every situation. We will feel only how we choose to feel, no matter the circumstance. Happiness is as free an option as sorrow.

Perceiving our challenges as opportunities for positive growth rather than stumbling blocks in our path to success is a choice readily available. What is inevitable--a matter over which we have no choice--is that difficult times, painful experiences will visit us. We can, however, greet them like welcome guests, celebrating their blessings on us and the personal growth they inspire.

No circumstance demands suffering. Every circumstance has a silver lining. In one instance you may choose to feel self-pity; in the next, gladness.

We do not always feel confident about our choices, even when we accept the responsibility for making them. How lucky for us that the program offers a solution! Prayer and meditation, guidance from our higher power, can help us make the right choice every time.

Action for the Day: I will relish my freedom to choose, to feel, to act. I and only I can take it away.

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

One Day At A Time

New Lessons
Out of every season of grief or suffering, when the hand of our Higher Power seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that our Higher Power does
“move in a mysterious way Their wonders to perform.”
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 105

Thought to Ponder . . .
Pain nourishes courage.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = F
urther Adventures In Trusting Him

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Stronger than negativity
by Ralph Marston

Being positive is not a matter of hiding or denying what’s negative. Being positive is being stronger than the negativity.

When you’re wrong, admit it. Then you can let the error go, correct it, and move forward.

When you’re frightened, admit it. When you no longer fear the fear itself, that fear loses power and you gain the strength to deal with it.

When something is not working, admit it. The sooner you do, the more solidly you can move on to something else.

You have the power to face the problems, to act on them, to come out ahead. Engage that power by admitting what’s wrong, by choosing to see it clearly.

Have the courage to shine a bright light on what’s holding you back. And you’ll find the strength to move successfully beyond it.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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