Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-15-2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Today's Gift

We are giving birth to ourselves. Let's be midwives to one another through this difficult, yet exhilarating, process. --Dudley Martineau

Helping each other survive the traumas of our lives strengthens us. We can't be overwhelmed by any experience if we rely on each other for support as we walk through it. How lucky we are.

Having the courage to take advantage of opportunities transforms us. Where do we want to take our lives? Who do we want to become? The decisions are many and exciting. The counsel of our friends can guide us, but which doors we open is up to us.

Most of us experienced the pain of our lives alone. Revealing to someone else what our lives were like was far too scary. How could they possibly like us or accept us if they knew who we really were? Now those days are gone forever. Our decision to get help, and thus give help, is giving every one of us the new life we deserve.

My rebirth gives me opportunities to share my good fortune with others. I will be attentive to everyone today.

From the book A Woman's Spirit by Karen Casey. ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Great symphonies begin with just one note. --Priscilla Young Pratt

Sometimes it's really hard to get going. We put off things we don't want to do, or are afraid to try. We occasionally feel overwhelmed by the size of a job to be done like cleaning out the cellar or reading a long book for a class.

But think a minute. If Beethoven had thought about how complicated it was to write his Ninth Symphony, with all those instruments and voices and notes to blend together, do we really think he would ever have started? But he didn't get overwhelmed. He sat down and wrote just one small note, and then another, and a third. It took him months, but writing one note led to a second, and, one note at a time, he completed it.

We begin the same way with whatever tasks we have ahead of us. Each tiny bit of progress helps us go on to the next part. We begin by reading one page of that book, or taking one box of junk from the cellar. That's all we have to do. The rest will follow almost on its own. The trick is to begin.

Action for the Day: I will handle one task at at a time and begin with one step at a time. 

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

One Day At A Time

“In All our Affairs”
I interpret “in all our affairs” to mean that we can have a sane, sober, rewarding life
outside our AA meetings.
We do not have to be introverted AAs, safe from the lurking horrors
only when among fellow alcoholics. AA is our serum, our antitoxin.
The last part of our last suggested Step tells us that AA will guard us through meetingless days.
It even tells us that sobriety, like all good news, is communicable.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 182

Thought to Ponder . . .
That light at the end of the tunnel may be you.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P R O G R A M = P
eople Relying On Goodness Relaying A Message

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Loosen up
by Ralph Marston

It’s good to have a specific objective, and to follow that objective. Yet it can also be good to absorb life in all its richness with no particular goal in mind.

Sometimes, not always, a waste of time is a great use of time. Sometimes, when you’re not sure what you’re doing, you can do some very creative things.

With focused effort you can achieve great things. With play and relaxation you can experience great insights.

What you strive for can elude you as long as you continue striving. Loosen up a little, give life’s goodness and abundance time to sink in.

Living with purpose is serious business, but you don’t have to get all somber and stressed about it. Put more joy and playfulness in your days, in your efforts, in your heart.

You can be purposeful, determined, focused, while also being cheerful, relaxed and open to new experiences. Loosen up, refuse to take yourself too seriously, and add richness and effectiveness to all you do.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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