Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-27-2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Today's Gift

May you live all the days of your life. --Jonathan Swift

Indeed life is much like a game - both a deadly serious one and one that demands laughter, relaxation, and the ability to play. Either way, life demands attention.

There is much of life that is truly exciting and fascinating - are we watching for it? There is hilarity and humor - do we see it? There is that in life which is touching and full of heroism - are we open to seeing it?

All these are not only present in some general, nebulous way about life, but about our lives! Right here where we live, in our lives today, there will be the hero and the goat, there will be disappointment and reason for wild celebration, there will be the beautiful and the horrible. The soap opera is not out there; it is right here with us, in us, all around us. The task is to be present in our own lives, to get our heads out of others' reality, and to find the enormous meaning and vitality of our own.

Life is precious. Today, I will not take my life for granted.

From the book Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. ©

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

It is only framed in space that beauty blooms; only in space are events, and objects and people unique and significant and therefore beautiful. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We must look closely; focus intently on the subjects of our attention. Within these subjects is the explanation of life's mysteries. To observe anything closely means we must pull it aside with our minds and fondle it, perhaps. We must let the richness of the object, the person, the event, wash over us and savor its memory.

Many of us only now are able to look around ourselves slowly, with care, noting the detail, the brilliant color of life. Each day is an opportunity to observe and absorb the beauty while it blooms.

Action for the Day: I will look for beauty today, in myself, and in a friend, and I will find it.

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

One Day At A Time

That word "serenity" looked like an impossible goal when we first saw the prayer.
In fact, if serenity meant apathy, bitter resignation, or stolid endurance,
then we didn't even want to aim at it.
But we found that serenity meant no such thing.
When it comes to us now, it is more as plain recognition —
a clear-eyed, realistic way of seeing the world, accompanied by inner peace and strength.
- Living Sober, p. 19

Thought to Ponder . . .
Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = K
eep It Serenely Simple

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

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Push worry aside
by Ralph Marston

To stop worrying, start focusing. To stop being distracted, get yourself fully immersed and fascinated in meaningful work.

Like everyone else, you have concerns regarding issues you cannot do anything about. If you let them, these concerns can overwhelm and disable you with negativity.

But you don’t have to let that happen. Because you can push those concerns completely out of your awareness.

To do that, focus fully on what you can control. Focus fully on the good, useful, meaningful goals you can accomplish.

An idle mind can quickly be filled with despair. By contrast, a focused, determined, purposeful mind puts you on course to achieve great things.

Worry is a waste, and you can literally put it out of your mind. Concentrate on doing the good you can do, and keep your mind happily occupied.

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

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