Friday, December 9, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 12-9-2016

Thursday, December 9, 2016
Today's Gift

Faith is the seamstress
who mends our torn belief
who sews the hem of childhood trust
and clips the threads of grief. —Joan Walsh Anglund

A seamstress takes large pieces of material and cuts them to size. Then, with the help of needle and thread and buttons, she goes to work to create a finished piece. Sometimes, in the beginning, it is hard to imagine a finished product. But the seamstress believes it is possible and goes to work on it.

Faith is like a seamstress. Faith is what can pull all the unfinished pieces of life into some sort of order. Faith is what lets us know we are all right even when life doesn't seem to make sense. We all need the faith to believe our skills and dreams, and even our heartaches can be sewn into a shape that is beautiful and useful.

Our faith is the seamstress who guides the needle, mends the tears, and helps create a shape and meaning to our lives.

How can I show my faith 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

To do nothing is failure. To try, and in the trying you make some mistakes and then you make some positive changes as a result of those mistakes, is to learn and to grow and to blossom. --Darlene Larson Jenks

Life is a process, one that is continuously changing. And with each change, we are offered unexpected opportunities for growth. Change is what fosters our development. It encourages us to risk new behavior and may even result in some mistakes. Fortunately, no mistakes can seriously hinder us. In fact, most mistakes give us an additional opportunity to learn.

Where we stand today is far removed from our position last year, or even last week. Each and every moment offers us new input that influences any decision from this moment forward. The process that we're participating in guarantees our growth as long as we remain conscious of our opportunities and willingly respond to them. We can be glad that the life process is, in fact, never static. always moving, always inviting us to participate fully.

Action for the Day: I will have the courage to make a mistake today. It's a promise of growth.

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

One Day At A Time

Ask for Help
I believe that my Higher Power found me, more than I found Them. . .
I had gotten myself into a position where I had no other place to turn;
I was at the point of almost complete despair.
Then, and only then, did I honestly and simply ask my Higher Power to help me.
They came to me instantly, and I could feel Their presence, even as I do this moment.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 24

Thought to Ponder . . .
I asked from the heart, and I received.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = H
eart Open; Please Enter

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Positive potential
by Ralph Marston

In fear is the potential for courage. In weakness is the potential for strength.

In ignorance is the potential for wisdom. In frustration is the potential for competence and effectiveness.

Embrace the shortcomings, admit them, understand them. Then get to work flipping them into advantages.

Don’t waste energy wishing or begging for things to be better. Improve the situation by improving yourself and your attitude.

You can face your fears, work to enhance your skills, and learn what you do not know. Your intention, commitment and persistence will transform problems into opportunities.

In every negative situation is positive potential. Do the work and bring it to life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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