Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-29-2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Today's Gift

As with expeditions into the wilds when we have endured storms and rapids, cold and sleet, and sometimes lack of food, it is ultimately the good things we remember, not the bad. —Sigurd F. Olson

In our daily lives we often take a very short perspective. We see what is worrisome today, what is pressing hardest, or what is most frightening or confusing. Eventually, we may look back and have a totally different idea about what was truly important on this day.

Let us take a moment now to remember what does endure, what we value most, what counts in the long run. For a brief quiet time we can let go of all the anxieties of this moment. During these few quiet moments, we will identify our tensions and then place them totally into the hands of our Higher Power. This is our time to let go of our worries and be refreshed. It will provide a background of serenity for our day.

Today, help me remember this corner of serenity as I meet the tasks and activities on my path.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

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

Are you meeting roadblocks?

A disorder means out of order, not the way things should be. Are we convinced that addictive behavior is counter to the way we are intended to function? Or do we harbor, somewhere in the back of our minds, the idea that we'll never change our habits?

Fear of change, unwillingness to change, and lack of confidence in our ability to change are all roadblocks to recovery. Believing in our capabilities is the first step toward clearing those roadblocks and realizing our potential in recovery.

Somewhere along the line we developed an addiction, but we don't have to be under its power forever. We can think about what a Higher Power would want for us, and we can decide to move toward that positive goal.

The roadblocks of fear, unwillingness, and lack of confidence will give way as we immerse ourselves in the Twelve Step program. We need help, and we have help. We give help, and we receive it. Changing to constructive habits may be slow sometimes, but it's always possible.

Action for the Day: If I'm faced with a roadblock today, I will call on my spiritual resources.

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

One Day At A Time

To my mind, love is giving, not necessarily in material things,
but in kindness, in ignoring faults, in thinking primarily in terms
of the welfare and happiness of the beloved. The more you give, the more you love.
Maybe that’s why parents seem to love their children more than their children love their parents.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], pp. 196-197

Thought to Ponder . . .
Love is a gift that must keep on giving to be kept.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
N O W = N
o Other Way

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

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Reflecting back
by Ralph Marston

This day will reflect back to you the thoughts and feelings you have about how it is going. The world will reflect back to you the expectations you have of how it will be.

The people you encounter will reflect your attitude back to you. The situations you come across will reflect your own perspective back to you.

The shortcomings you notice in others are reflecting similar things within yourself. The beauty you see around you is a reflection of the beauty that is a part of you.

The problems you encounter out there can be most effectively addressed by first considering what they reflect within you. The opportunities out there can best be grasped by first connecting with the part of you that they reflect.

Be your best, and life will be too. Live with integrity, a generous spirit, a positive enthusiasm, and the world will reflect it all back to you.

What you experience is a reflection of who you are. Nurture the value and goodness inside you, and the reflection will be magnificent indeed.

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

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