Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-17-2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Today's Gift

I feel we have picked each other from the crowd as fellow-travelers, for neither of us is to the other's personality the end-all and the be-all. --Joanna Field

We must look around at the people in our lives today, and know that we have something special to offer each of them, and they to us. We do travel separate paths together. We may need to learn tolerance and acceptance; perhaps a friend's behavior pushes us to be more tolerant and accepting. 

Impatience may be our nemesis, and everywhere we turn are lines, slow cash registers, traffic jams. Our experiences with others aren't chance. Fellow travelers are carefully selected by the inner self, the spiritual guide who understands our needs in this life.
We are both the teachers and the pupils. We need both our friends and those we may label our enemies for what they can help us learn.

I will carefully look about me today with gladness at the travelers I've selected to learn from.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Wherever I found the living, there I found the will to power. --Friedrich Nietzsche

It has been said that addiction and codependency are problems of power. Recovery certainly calls us to admit the limits of our power. Yet, to reach for power seems to come from the deepest part of our nature. If this is so, can it be all bad? People have used power in many ways for the good of all. We have been defenders, protectors, and active community servants. At our best, we have taken strong stands for what was right.

We need not shun all power, but rather we learn to use it wisely. Our blindness to the limitations of power created great problems in our lives. Then we learned our first lessons about powerlessness. As humble people, we know we can be wrong, but we cannot be passive and still continue to grow.

Action for the Day: I pray for guidance as I learn to assert my strength and power for the cause of well being.

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

One Day At A Time

I became willing to face the pain of my life without a drink or drug;
the fear of drinking and drugging became bigger than the fear of life without drinks or drugs.
When I surrendered to the fact that alcohol and drugs are bigger than myself,
accepted life without ever drinking or drugging again, the compulsion was removed,
left me, as if it had never been there.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 3], p. 186

Thought to Ponder . . .
Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = K
eep It Simple; Surrender

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Not lost
by Ralph Marston

As long as the day is still here, it is not lost. You can redeem it at any time.

What you have attempted without success is not a lost cause. You can make another attempt, and another, until you get it right.

Your path to this point says nothing of where you’ll go next. Your direction is yours to decide at any time.

Don’t let past disappointment be an excuse to create more disappointment. Let it inspire you and harden your resolve to do better.

Negative momentum is powerful, but it doesn’t have to remain negative. Take all that energy and turn it toward what is good, useful, creative, productive, fulfilling.

See that you are, right now, an architect of the future, not a victim of the past. Give the best of yourself, right now, to make that future bright.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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