Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-12-2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Today's Gift

I don't think you're suddenly going to begin to look at the world with new eyes when you're 80 if you haven't been doing it when you're 30. --Janice Clark

We are creatures of habit as evidenced by our getting stuck in old viewpoints long after they have quit serving us. However, that fact doesn't restrict us for all time. Anytime we want to cultivate a new idea, an alternative approach to a situation, we are free to do so. Janice may be right regarding some people she has known, but we are capable of freshening our perspective at any age.

We have all known some elderly men and women who have the spirit and enthusiasm of the very young. Unfortunately, we have also known the reverse. How sad to observe the 40 or 50 year old person who has quit living. Their whining belies their age. Who will we be? The choice is always available to us. And we can remake it as often as we wish.

What a relief to know that if we're old and resentful today, we still have the opportunity to be young and full of laughter tomorrow. Maybe we can't do everything we used to do, but this decision is still in our power.

I will open my eyes to whatever I choose to see today. Yesterday's experiences have only the power I give them.

Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

I should be content to look at a mountain for what it is and not as a comment on my life. --David Ignatow

We have recognized our self-centeredness as addicts and codependents. On the other side is the feeling of peace and well being when we are released from it. Self-centeredness caused us to take everything personally. We were hypersensitive to our surroundings, to other people, and to how they reacted. Yet, so often these things had very little to do with us. God sends rain for the just and the unjust.

When we can look at a mountain and lose ourselves in the sight, we are refreshed spiritually. But no mountain is necessary for this experience. When we listen to a friend and simply hear his perspective, when we pet a dog and just enjoy this loving creature, when we look at a sunset and drink it in for what it is - then we are growing.

Action for the Day: Today I will ask my Higher Power to grant me release from the oppression of my ego.

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

One Day At A Time

Just One Day
Any of us can handle just one day; all each of us has to try at is our own job,
our own family life.
We don’t have to try fixing up the whole world or understanding what no theologian
of any faith has ever understood.
We simply stop messing in our Higher Power’s business.
- Came to Believe . . ., p. 116

Thought to Ponder . . .
Live each day with a little less fear and a little more faith.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
O D A A T = O
ne Day At A Time

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Make it your choice
by Ralph Marston

Let go of the thoughts that you need to do, that you need to have, and that you need to be this or that. Embrace the opportunities to choose to do, choose to have, and choose to be.

If you’re constantly catching up with your needs, you’re operating from a perspective of weakness. Instead, see the tasks, commitments and responsibilities as things you have chosen, and give your life the positive power it deserves.

From all the available possibilities, your choices have brought you to where you are today. Going forward, your choices can take you where you wish to go.

Don’t discourage or frustrate yourself by seeing yourself as burdened with needs. Make it your intentional choice to do what you do, and discover your true power and effectiveness.

Put energy, joy and satisfaction into your work by choosing to get it done. Add great value to your relationships, your commitments and responsibilities by choosing to honor them with the way you live.

Don’t let the perception of need enslave you. Allow the reality of your positive choices to give the power of purpose to all you do.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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