Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-8-2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Today's Gift

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou 'canst not then be false to any man. —William Shakespeare

To thine own self be true. A grounding statement for those of us who get caught up in the storm of needs and feelings of others.

Listen to the self. What do we need? Are those needs getting met? What do we feel? What do we need to do to take care of our feelings? What are our feelings telling us about ourselves and the direction we need to go?

What do we want to do or say? What are our instincts telling us? Trust them - even if they don't make sense or meet other people's rules and expectations.

Sometimes, the demands of other people and our confused expectations of ourselves - the messages about our responsibilities toward others - can create a tremendous, complicated mess.

We can even convince ourselves that people pleasing, going against our nature and not being honest, is the kind, honest thing to do!

Not true. Simplify. Back to basics. Let go of the confusion. By honoring and respecting ourselves, we will be true to those around us, even if we displease them momentarily.

To thine own self be true. Simple words describing a powerful task that can put us back on track.

Today, I will honor, cherish, and love myself. When confused about what to do, I will be true to myself. I will break free of the hold others, and their expectations, have on me.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©

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

Any person may make a mistake; none but a fool will persist in it.---Cicero.

The way we face life's challenges is what gives meaning to our lives. If we run from our mistakes, they follow us. If we stand up and work with them, we learn. Facing our mistakes teaches us wisdom and courage. Our self-respect grows. Spiritual growth means asking, “How would my Higher Power want me to deal with this mistake?” Then we listen for the answer and do what is needed. The better we get at facing our mistakes, the better we become at learning from them. Native American culture teaches us that all mistakes in life are gifts. The gift is that we are given a chance to learn.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me face the mistakes of life and find the lessons that lie within them.

Action for the Day: When I make a mistake, I'll stop and ask, "What does my Higher Power want me to learn from this?”

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

One Day At A Time

At this stage of our progress we are under heavy pressure to do the right thing.
We are obliged to choose between the pains of trying
and the certain penalties of failing to do so.
These initial steps along the road are taken grudgingly, yet we do take them.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 74
Thought to Ponder . . .
When I choose the behavior, I choose the consequences.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
ltered Attitudes

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

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Real-life reality
by Ralph Marston

Reflection and meditation certainly have their place, yet much of enlightenment is attained through living. Jump into the world that’s filled with confusion and contradiction, challenges and obstacles, and make your way through.

You can learn much by observation and study. However, there are many things you can learn only with experience.

Open yourself to new experiences and you’ll be opening yourself to an endless stream of rich and rewarding possibilities. The more you get involved in life, the more you get out of life.

Take on a challenging project, and get your hands dirty dealing with all the details. Make a significant commitment, and then do the work to fully follow through on that commitment.

Though life’s texture is sometimes rough, there is great and wonderful richness in that texture. Every day is filled with moments that can each be filled with robust experience.

Get out there, get in there, weave yourself again and again into the vivid fabric of real-life reality. It is there that you will create the sweet fulfillment you seek.

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

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