Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-22-2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Today's Gift

There isn't enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle. —Anonymous

Our lives can be like a battle between darkness and light. The darkness might be in our moods when we wake in the morning with feelings of despair. Then we can turn to the light of a prayer or meditation for openness: "Higher Power help me feel your love and acceptance." The darkness is there when we are tempted to take advantage of a clerk who gives us too much change. Perhaps we tell ourselves, "Everyone does it, it won't matter if I do."

Then the light comes as we remember that each choice for honesty promotes our growth. The darkness may be when someone we care about is hurt or in danger, and we think, "I have to step in to prevent bad things from happening." Then we turn to our Higher Power for strength to stay in the relationship, but not control it.

Today, I can take a leap of faith by choosing an action and accepting that one small choice for the light makes a difference - even in all the darkness.

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

Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of their abilities, and no more . . . --Gail Hamilton

We have been given the gift of life. Our recovery validates that fact. Our pleasure with that gift is best expressed by the fullness with which we greet and live life. We need not back off from the invitations our experiences offer. Each one of them gives us a chance, a bit different from all other chances, to fulfill part of our purpose in the lives of others.

It has been said that the most prayerful life is the one most actively lived. Full encounter with each moment is evidence of our trust in the now and thus our trust in our higher power. When we fear what may come or worry over what has gone before, we're not trusting in Higher Power. Growth in the program will help us remember that fact, thus releasing us to participate more actively in the special circumstances of our lives.

When we look around us today, we know that the persons in our midst need our best, and they're not there by accident but by Divine appointment. We can offer them the best we have--acceptance, love, support, our prayers, and we can know that is our Higher Power's plan for our lives and theirs.

Action for the Day: I will celebrate my opportunities for goodness today. They'll bless me in turn.

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

One Day At A Time

For the first time, I began to understand that I couldn't drink like other people,
that I wasn't like other people, and that I no longer had to try to be.
I felt like Scrooge in the Dickens classic, "The Christmas Carol,"
when he awakes to discover he hasn't missed Christmas after all.
He dances, cries, and laughs aloud, just as I was doing.
Scrooge and I had been reborn to live life as we had never known it.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 37

Thought to Ponder . . .
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K = T
he Happiness I Never Knew

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Be you
by Ralph Marston

You were born to be real, not to be perfect. You are here to be you, not to live someone else’s life.

Every day you make some progress and every day you make a few mistakes. Through it all, your wisdom continues to grow and your experience continues to broaden.

Be gentle with yourself. Accept who you are, where you have been, and what you have to work with, for in this moment you can make positive use of it all.

Reach in and touch the purpose that makes you feel most alive. The world around you is filled with places where that purpose can do great things.

It is never too late to offer your unique and genuine gifts to life. Now is the time to do great things, even in the smallest of ways.

Choose to fully and graciously live life as it comes. The richest rewards by far are the ones to which you most sincerely give of yourself.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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