Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-16-2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Today's Gift

Rigidity is prevented most of the time as love and compassion mesh us into tolerant human beings. —Kaethe S. Crawford

Looking outward with love, offering it freely to our friends and family, makes fluid, flowing, and fertile our existence. Each expression of love engenders more love, keeping tender our ties to one another, encouraging more ties.

The more flexible our lives, the more easily we'll be attracted to an unexpected opportunity. And flexibility is fostered by a loving posture. As we approach the world, so it greets us. We are not mere recipients of life's trials and tribulations. We find what our eyes are wanting to see. When our focus is rigid and narrow, so are our opportunities.

The level of our compassion, fully felt and fully expressed, is the measure of our emotional health, leading us to be freer with our love, more tolerant in our expectations.. Rigid attitudes, rigid behavior, rigid expectations of others recede as the level of our emotional health rises. Our approach to life changes and so do the results we meet.

I will love others. It's my only assignment in life, and it guarantees the security I crave.

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

We need four hugs a day for survival.
We need eight hugs a day for maintenance.
We need twelve hugs a day for growth.
--Virginia Satir

Virginia Satir was an internationally acclaimed therapist. She knew a lot about what people need to be healthy and happy and to live in good relationships with each other. She was very smart, and most of her advice was pretty simple.

Take hugs, for example. What could be more simple? One person reaching out to touch another person with safety and care. Very simple. But what do hugs give people? Comfort. Acceptance. The basics we all need no matter where we are at today.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me ask for the hugs I need and want today. Remind me today to offer hugs to the people around me. And help me feel the big hug You have for me too.

Today's Action: Today I will talk with someone about this question: What is easier for me - to get a hug or to give a hug?

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

One Day At A Time

Making Amends
Do we lay the matter before our sponsor or spiritual adviser, earnestly asking
God’s help and guidance—meanwhile resolving to do the right thing when it becomes clear,
cost what it may? Of course, there is no pat answer which can fit all such dilemmas.
But all of them do require a complete willingness to make amends
as fast and as far as may be possible in a given set of conditions.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 86-87

Thought to Ponder . . .
It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
lways Aware

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Perspective of goodness
by Ralph Marston

You’ve done many worthy and valuable things. Let yourself feel good about yourself.

You can see the possibilities, and act on them to make a positive difference. Let yourself feel good about the future.

No one is perfect, yet each person you encounter has something unique and valuable to offer. Let yourself feel good about the people around you.

Life has its ups and downs, with each experience bringing new learning and growth. Let yourself feel good about the direction events are moving.

Let yourself feel good. Then find some new way to express your positive feeling with your life, with your actions.

Feel good about where you are, what you’re doing, and the world you’re in. Live life with a perspective of goodness, and you’ll create real value in every moment.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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