Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-1-2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Today's Gift

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. —Albert Camus

Sometimes we suddenly see or sense opposite emotions within ourselves. The cold of winter presses in on us, and we may feel tested by its bite. Yet, when we think we cannot bear it a moment longer, we find a counterforce within, an inner reassurance that comes like a summer breeze and says we can do what we must. Perhaps it comes in a time of dark despair, and we realize that at least we've made it this far. We are pretty tough. In our deepest sadness, we may find a more meaningful contact with our Higher Power.

The opposites in our lives may tempt us to fight them. One side may be very clear and obvious while the other side is hidden. When we are open, these extremes are spiritual teachers for us. As we think about life and our feelings today, what opposites do we find?

Today, I will remember that I have an invincible summer at the deepest part of winter 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

Walk In Dry Places

Understanding life

Why do bad things happen?
No one has been able to explain why pain and misfortune must be part of the human condition. Bad things can and do happen to everybody, and sometimes there's no way to explain it.

Even in sobriety, AA members have misfortunes---times when it appears that their Higher Power is hiding. We even hear members share such experiences at meetings.

Many of us have found ways to use misfortunes constructively, however, by seeing how the program helps us deal with it. In some cases---but not all---we even learn that a misfortune was a disguised blessing.

Most important, by using the program, we are eliminating the drinking that has been the cause of many misfortunes in our lives. That alone makes our immediate world a much better place for everyone.

Action for the Day: I must remember that my life today can be both easy and hard. It gives me great comfort to know that I am not making conditions worse for myself and others.

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

One Day At A Time

Life will take on new meaning.
To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish,
to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends,
— this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89

Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = T
ears, Laughter, Caring

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Simply do it
by Ralph Marston

Think of how much more you could get done if you would simply do it. Decide right now to empower yourself by allowing yourself, each time you can make the effort, to simply do it.

Yes you have doubts, but you also have the power to let go of those doubts. Simply do it.

Though the effort will be complicated and inconvenient, the reward will be worth the trouble. Go ahead and simply do it.

Though you may not get it perfect, you can get it done. Make the commitment to do your best, and simply do it.

Don’t sit idly by and let today’s opportunities become tomorrow’s regrets. Now, while you still can, transform those opportunities into achievements.

Life is ready for you to take action, to create value, to add new richness and experience. You know you can do all that and more, so go ahead and simply do it.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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