Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-7-2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Today's Gift

Only people who have joyfully accepted themselves can take all the risks and responsibilities of being themselves. —John Powell

If we have ever gone to school with a black eye, we know how embarrassing it can be. We feel self-conscious and ill at ease. Friends come up to us one after another to ask how we got it. We may want to stay away from people until the eye is better. All of us have things about ourselves we have a hard time accepting. It doesn't have to be as unusual as a black eye. We may think we're too big, too little, too slow, not good readers, not good looking enough, or not popular enough.

We may need to talk about these things with someone else, so these bits of ourselves we don't accept won't limit our freedom to grow. By talking to another, we may find those traits aren't noticed by anyone but ourselves. We may also find that what we once thought of as weak points can be turned to strengths.

What weakness can I turn to a strength 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

It is a long baptism into the seas of humankind, my daughter. Better immersion than to live untouched. --Tillie Olsen

We have each had days when we preferred hiding under the covers, avoiding life at all costs. And in times gone by, we did just that, sometimes too frequently. What we didn't always know, and what we still forget on occasion, is that we have a ready and willing partner who will join us in every pursuit.

The more fully we commit ourselves to one another and to all our experience, the closer we will come to the very serenity we long for. Serenity accompanies our increasing understanding of life's many mysteries. It's easy to cheat ourselves out of the prizes any day offers us. Fear fosters inertia, leaving us separate, alone, even more afraid. But we have an appointment with life. And our appointment will bring us to the place of full understanding, the place where we'll be certain, forever after, that all is well. And that life is good.

Action for the Day: Today's appointments are part of the bigger plan for my life. I will face them, enjoy them, and reap their rewards.

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

One Day At A Time

Freedom of Truth
Today, I am counting my blessings instead of my troubles.
When I walked into the friendly atmosphere of my first AA meeting,
I knew I was where I belonged.
Here were the people who had thought and felt as I had.
Here was the understanding I’d been searching for all my life.
These people were my friends, and I felt their sincere interest in me.
With these new and enlightening doors opening up to me,
I was able to make the eventual decision to stop drinking, a day at a time—
because I, too, was an alcoholic.
And with this came the only real freedom, the freedom of truth.
- Experience, Strength and Hope, p, 315

Thought to Ponder . . .
Truth is to inner space what sunshine is to a garden.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = F
acing An Inner Truth Heals

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Unknown territory
by Ralph Marston

To live your possibilities, you must step away from your certainties. The past is safe, secure, certain -- and impossible to change. The future is filled with uncertainty, and in that uncertainty are limitless possibilities. The future is unknown, and because of that it harbors every opportunity imaginable.

So you can stay safe and secure in what you already know for sure, but you won’t find any opportunities there. Or you can move confidently into the unknown territory that is the future, where you will find a world of possibilities.

Though the possibilities come packaged inseparably with uncertainty, you have the ability to transform the best of those possibilities into certain reality. Yet in order to do so, you must be willing to venture into unknown territory.

The walls you build to keep you secure from uncertainty also hold you prisoner. Beyond those walls exist your grandest possibilities. Have the confidence to explore those possibilities. Detach yourself from the need for certainty and security. The future is indeed unknown, and ready to be shaped by your imagination.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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