Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-24-2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Today's Gift

You have got to know what it is you want, or someone is going to sell you a bill of goods somewhere along the line that can do irreparable damage to your self esteem, your sense of worth, and your stewardship of the talents that God gave you. —Richard Nelson Bolles

In life, getting to know ourselves sometimes means developing a new form of toughness. As we deepen our relationships with ourselves, we have a clearer sense of what we care about, what is truly important, and what is not. Certainly we have learned there is evil in the world. Harm does come to good people and the good side does not always win. So we must be someone who know ourselves and are not pushovers when our basic values and needs are challenged. We leave room for being wrong, and we continue to grow and learn. But we stand up for what we believe as we see it today.

We must not join the forces that would put us down or destroy us. Those negative forces are within us more often than they are outside. Wherever they come from, knowing clearly what we want and care about is our strongest defense.

I will seek the wisdom to know my values and the strength to defend my beliefs.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

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

I look in the mirror through the eyes of the child that was me. —Judy Collins

The child within each of us is fragile, but very much alive, and they interpret our experiences before we are even conscious of them. It is our child who may fear new places, unfamiliar people, strange situations. Our child needs nurturing, the kind they may not have received in the past. We can take their hand, coax them along, let them know they won't be abandoned. No new place, unfamiliar person, or strange situation need overwhelm them.

It's quite amazing the strength that comes to us when we nurture ourselves, when we acknowledge the scared child within and hold them, making them secure. We face nothing alone. Together, we can face anything.

Action for the Day: I will take care of my child today and won't abandon them to face, alone, any of the experiences the day may bring.

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

One Day At A Time

I have shortcomings and defects of character. I never have been and never can be perfect.
As that realization became a part of me—and it took time—it brought me
one of the greatest of the many blessings that have come to me.
I learned to accept myself as a fallible human being.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 167

Thought to Ponder . . .
Give me the courage to be imperfect.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K C B = Keep Coming Back

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

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

What others think
by Ralph Marston

No matter what you undertake, or create, or accomplish, someone is going to find a reason to criticize it. Go ahead and do it anyway.

Rather than worrying about pleasing everyone, focus on doing what you know is right, what you know is best. Listen to the criticism if it helps you to improve what you’re doing, but don’t let it bring you down.

There’s no reason to allow another person’s weaknesses and doubts to infect you. Their negative perspective is their problem, not yours. Certainly you may want to consider their viewpoint for what it can teach you. Yet there’s absolutely no reason for it to deter you.

When anyone expresses an opinion about what you’re doing, be genuinely thankful for the helpful suggestion. You know who you are, you know what you’re doing, you know what is right and nothing anyone says can change that. Make your choices based on the highest values you hold, and there will be no reason to fear what others think.

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

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