Monday, December 5, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-5-2016

Monday, December 5, 2016
Today's Gift

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently. --Lewis Carroll

In different times and places, clouds can produce snowflakes, raindrops, or even hailstones. Each one seems to have its own purpose and mood as it falls from the sky. The snowflake is the lightest of these, and so it falls slowly and softly. Rainfall can be soft or hard. It sometimes feels angry, almost cleansing.

No matter how thick the snowfall is, it is still soft. We can rarely hear it land. It covers the world in a peaceful white. If we look closely, we can see that each small snowflake is unique.

Like the snowflakes, each of us has a unique design. Perhaps what we can learn from the snowflakes is how to gently touch the lives and growing things around us. Times of anger and rain are necessary, but a soft snowfall brings peace to all humanity.

How can I show my gentle side today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

I want to feel myself part of things, of the great drift and swirl; not cut off, missing things, like being sent to bed early as a child. --Joanna Field

Feeling apart from the action and always looking on; wanting attention, and yet afraid of being noticed; no doubt these are familiar memories to most of us. We may still struggle with our self-perception, but we can celebrate that we no longer drown our moods. Connecting with the people next to us, though difficult, is no longer impossible when we rely on the program.

There is a way to be a part of the action, a way that never fails. It takes only a small effort, really. We can simply look, with love, at someone nearby today and extend our hearts in honest attention. When we make someone else feel special, we'll become special too.

Recovery can help each of us move beyond the boundaries of our own ego. Trusting that our lives are in the loving care of our Higher Power, however we understand Them, relieves us of the need for self-centeredness. We can let go of ourselves now that our Higher Power is in charge, and we'll discover that we have joined the action.

Action for the Day: I will open my heart, and I'll be joined to all that's around me.

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

One Day At A Time

We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives.
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse;
we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.
But when we are willing to place spiritual growth first—then and only then do we have a real chance.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p, 114

Thought to Ponder . . .
Get it - Give it - Grow in it.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G R O W T H = G
oodness Reveals Other Ways To Heal.

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Air of possibility
by Ralph Marston

Let each failure lead you toward success. Let each weakness propel you into strength.

From every disappointment, gather more determination. Seize the opportunity when things go wrong to learn how you can do it right.

Find new wisdom, understanding, and value in those who disagree with you. Discover what’s truly meaningful to you each time you feel frustration.

Take what others would discard and turn it into gold. Step out into a gray, dreary day and make it the brightest, most successful one yet.

Remind yourself over and over again that what matters is never what you’ve been dealt. You can handle any turn of events when you’re willing to give your best.

Whatever comes your way today is loaded with good fortune. Breathe in the sweet, fresh air of possibility, and do the work to make that fortune yours.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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