Monday, November 7, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-7-2016

Monday, November 7, 2016
Today's Gift

If the Great Spirit wanted men to stay in one place He would make the world stand still; but He made it to always change, so birds and animals can move and always have green grass and ripe berries, sunlight to work and play, and night to sleep.—Flying Hawk

The American Indian's spiritual knowledge teaches that the Great Spirit has a rhythm and a benevolent purpose for the earth. How we relate to the changes, which overtake us, is central to our spiritual lives. With our overdeveloped will, we still fight change in many ways. We fight the aging of our bodies by oversensitivity to our thinning hair and increasing grayness. We refuse to accept the end of summer by pouting and getting depressed about the cold. We try to hasten the time when our children are more independent and then hold them back when they get there. Peace comes with trusting the Great Spirit to bring changes in their natural progression. The extent of our willfulness affects our serenity - but not the progress of change.

Higher Power, help me accept the changes in my life.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

That suit is best that best suits me.---John Clark

How mush time do we spend trying to “fit in”? Many of us used to care to much what other people thought about us---our clothes, our ideas, our work. Did we drink the right brand, drive the right car, listen to the right music?

In our program, we still have to watch out for fads and peer pressure. We have to ask ourselves if we’re really in touch with our Higher Power. Are we searching for a sponsor who has inner peace and direction? Or do we look for people who are like our old using friends? As we learn to find our own way of following our Higher Power, we need to be okay with being different.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be the best me I can be today.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll work to be me---honestly me---to everyone I meet.

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

One Day At A Time

On his desk, Dr. Bob had a plaque defining humility:
"Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble.
It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore;
to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised,
it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door
and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness,
when all around and about is seeming trouble."
- Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, p. 222

Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility is not thinking less of myself, but thinking of myself less.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
C H A N G E = C
hoosing Humility Allows New Gifts and Energy

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Follow through on inspiration
by Ralph Marston

It’s good to be inspired, but merely being inspired is not enough. Get inspired, and then follow through on that inspiration.

Inspiration without action is wasted. Not only that, but with no action the inspiration itself soon turns sour.

Don’t waste the inspiration and don’t waste the opportunity. Do the hard work, take the difficult actions, meet the challenges with inspired effort.

Let inspiration lead you to take the first step. Keep renewing and refreshing that inspiration as you persist through every effort.

When you add action to inspiration, you get even more inspiration. And, you get results.

Get yourself inspired, then do something with that inspiration by acting on it. Discover how very far your inspired effort will take you.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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