Friday, January 13, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-13-2017

Friday, January 13, 2017
Today's Gift

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you you’ve decided to look beyond imperfections. – T. Bernard

One of the good things about the blues is their power to make me feel better. No matter how bad it gets in my little world, I can be pretty sure that B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, or Stevie Ray Vaughn has seen worse. Sometimes, it just feels good to vocalize all those bad feelings.

Bad things happen in life. Sometimes they are small annoyances; sometimes they are the major grief mongers. What matters is not what happens to us, but how we react to it. They left you. That is a fact. Now after you get done with the quart of rocky road that you are drowning your sorrows in, what are you going to do about it? You can sit around and complain to your friends about how unfair life is, or you can get up, put the empty bowl in the dishwasher, and go fill up your life.

Feelings are one of the blessings of being human. All of them. Sometimes we feel good; sometimes we feel bad. Take some time. Take some energy and be upset. Be aware of the feeling of being upset. But then get up, go out, and make positive use of your life.

Higher Power, help me put to positive use all of the feelings in my life.

From the book More Language of Letting Go © 2000 by Melody Beattie

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming . . . This all sounds very strenuous and serious. But now that I have wrestled with it, it's no longer so. I feel happy--deep down. All is well. --Katherine Mansfield

All is well. In the midst of turmoil, let us remember, all is well; in the midst of the pain of self-awareness, all is well. The struggle of the turmoil, the pain that accompanies the lessons of self-awareness, are preparing us for becoming all we are meant to become. We each have a special gift to offer in this life. We will come to understand those gifts and be able to give them as we grow with the pain of self-understanding. All is well. Deep down happiness ripples, it's rippling to the surface of our lives.

Action for the Day: My lesson for today is understanding, of myself and others. Happiness is the grade I earn each day of my "becoming."

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

One Day At A Time

An Unchangeable Fact
We try never to lose sight of the unchangeable fact of our dysfunctions,
but we learn not to brood or feel sorry for ourselves or talk about it all the time.
We accept it as a characteristic of our body like our height or our need for glasses,
or like any allergies we may have.
- Living Sober, p. 9

Thought to Ponder . . .

Dysfunctions are cunning, baffling, powerful!

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K = T
hank Heavens, I Now Know

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Remain on course
by Ralph Marston

Today will feature some surprises, things you didn’t anticipate. Instead of judging them, or fighting them, or running from them, choose to harness them.

You cannot control or know in advance everything that happens. You can, however, precisely control what you think and do about everything that happens.

Even to the most negative situation, you can offer a useful, beneficial response. Though circumstances change, you can continue to follow your purpose.

Every sailor knows that the wind will vary its direction. Yet by changing the set of its sails, the ship can remain on course.

The energy of life arrives in many different forms. You can take that energy, whatever it is, and apply it in the direction of your choosing.

Decide what you will do with this day, with this life, and know that you can always live true to that choice. Find the way to do so, to remain on course, no matter what.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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