Friday, January 6, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 1-6-2017

Friday, January 6, 2017
Today's Gift

There are as many ways to live and grow as there are people. Our own ways are the only ways that should matter to us. --Evelyn Mandel

Wanting to control other people, to make them live as we'd have them live, makes the attainment of serenity impossible. And serenity is the goal we are seeking in this life.

We are each powerless over others, which relieves us of a great burden. Controlling our own behavior is a big enough job. Learning to behave responsibly takes practice. Most of us have behaved irresponsibly at some time or another our lives. Emotional immaturity is slow to depart, but every responsible action we take gives us the courage for another--and then another. Our own fulfillment is the by-product of the accumulation of our own responsible actions. Others' actions need not concern us.

Today, I will weigh my behavior carefully. Responsible behavior builds gladness of heart.

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

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Being human is difficult. Becoming human is a lifelong process. To be truly human is a gift. --Abraham Heschel

The processes of becoming more human, becoming a real person, and finding spiritual enlightenment are very similar. They require slow growth over time. We can only follow these paths in small steps, one day or one hour at a time. Many of us grew up in families with an addicted parent. We, too, went to great excesses and have been abusive to others and ourselves. Because of these problems, we developed a distorted outlook on life. Now we still demand quick and complete fixes for recovery.

Our program says, "Look to this day." It is a difficult path to learn, but we only take it in small steps. There are no instant fixes for any human being. Yet, when we surrender to the reality of life, we are given the gift of true humanity. We feel like real people, we love others, and we enjoy the pleasure of true contact with them.

Action for the Day: I am grateful I can be a part of the process. Help me give up my drive to control it.

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

One Day At A Time

If we cannot or will not achieve sobriety, then we become truly lost, right in the here and now.
We are of no value to anyone, including ourselves, until we find salvation from alcohol.
Therefore, our own recovery and spiritual growth have to come first—
a right and necessary kind of self-concern.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 81

Thought to Ponder . . .
It is simple, it is selfish, it is AA, and it works wonders.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
lways Alive

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Enjoy the goodness
by Ralph Marston

Elevate, celebrate, praise and enjoy the goodness in life, in your day, in your world. The negativity gets way too much attention, so make it your business to balance that out.

It’s easy to complain and commiserate about what’s wrong. Yet it is far better to support, invest in and expand what’s right.

Tragedy spills out of news headlines, and makes the world seem very dark. However, that tragedy is news precisely because it is so rare.

By all means, work to right the wrongs. But don’t forget to also give energy to everything that’s been good and right and beneficial all along.

On this very day, billions of people are successfully tending to their lives. Many are even finding chances for a little joy, peace, satisfaction, fulfillment.

See and enjoy the goodness of now. And send that goodness on the wings of your joy to spread throughout all of life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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