Friday, December 30, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-30-2016

Friday, December 30, 2016
Today's Gift

Dawns another year,
Open it aright;
Thou shalt have no fear
In its fading light.
--Joseph Krauskopf

New Year's Eve is a good time to reflect upon the closing year and set our direction for the year ahead. This day reminds us that every day of the year is lived just one at a time. Looking back, we can see a year's change in ourselves. We see the progress we have made on our journey. Perhaps we see how much stronger we are emotionally. Maybe we see relationships that have developed because of our growing ability to love. Certainly all of us have some things we regret and some changes we mourn. They too have their place today.

As we begin the coming year, let us review our relationship with our progress. We may perceive aspects of our progress that call for more attention. One or two particular steps may speak to our needs at this time or may have been overlooked in this past year. On this last day of the year, we can again turn our lives and will over to the care of a loving Higher Power.

I look to the New Year with a renewed commitment to the my journey.

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

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

Tomorrow, at midnight, a New Year will begin. None of us know what the New Year will hold. But we can trust ourselves to hold on to the spirit of recovery as we go through the year. As a New Year is about to begin, we can rejoice in our new way of life. We can give our will and our life to our HP. By doing these things, we'll be ready for the New Year.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, I pray that I'll start the New Year safe in Your loving arms. I pray that I'll keep working my program.

Action for the Day:  Tonight, at midnight, I'll say the Serenity Prayer. I will think of all the others who will join me in this prayer.

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

One Day At A Time

I smile because in my organization I am unorganized.
I smile because I need not be a professional who has opinions he must cram down your throat.
I smile because I can at last be myself,
and if I don't attract anyone, at least I won't promote anyone.
But mainly I smile because you—all of you in AA—
have given me the opportunity to fight for your principles rather than my personality.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 1], p. 104

Thought to Ponder . . .
AA has taught me the knack of being myself.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
lways Awesome

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Keep at it
by Ralph Marston

If you haven’t achieved the results you seek, you haven’t kept at it long enough. Keep at it, longer, smarter, more focused, more purposeful.

With each attempt you learn, you improve, you get closer. You’re making progress, so keep at it.

If you feel like quitting, remind yourself you’re closer than ever before. Remind yourself, and keep at it.

Apply what you’ve learned, adjust based on the experience you’ve earned. And keep at it.

Keep at it, and take another step in the direction of achievement. Keep at it, and create new value with each action.

Your dreams, your goals, your life all deserve your persistence. Keep at it, and bring your own unique goodness to the world.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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