Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-23-2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Today's Gift

I haven't won yet but I haven't lost, either. --Dennis C.

A favorite saying in sports is, "It isn't losing to get knocked down. Losing is staying down."

In life, as in sports, that idea makes great sense. Like "Let go and let God," or "Let it begin with me," it is a saying that reminds us of an important underlying principle. In this case the principle is that battles aren't wars, but rather a series of campaigns. No one wins every time out, or can expect to. And some battles aren't worth fighting anyway.

Fighting a battle isn't hell – our unrealistic expectations are. When we strike out against some old attitude or behavior, we have to realize we're in for the long haul. When the enemy is some aspect of ourselves, we are up against a formidable opponent that won't give up easily. We have to expect that there will be many battles – and not a few defeats. The winner is the one who perseveres longest.

Only continued effort wins the war; we can't lose if we don't quit.

Today, I pray for persistence in the face of many defeats. I ask my Higher Power for courage to keep at it.

From the book Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. ©
Days of Healing, Days of Joy.jpg

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. --Seneca

When we reach a stressful time in our lives, our vision gets narrow. We fail to see the options and possibilities we have. If we give ourselves over to our worries and fears, our sight closes down even further. Finally, we reach the point of blindness to reality and to all the support around us. In our fearful blindness we say with conviction, "This is too difficult! There is nothing I can do."

The spiritual person strives to keep one eye on the horizon, even in a worrisome situation. They breath deeply so they do not tighten up or closes off their exchange with the world. They return to the relationship they have with their Higher Power, trusting the process to carry them through, and they open their eyes to quietly take in the possibilities before them.

Action for the Day: Today I will remember the close to my Higher Power, I have a place of calm in the midst of difficulty and see the possibilities and dare to act upon them.

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

One Day At A Time

A Design for Living
We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men.
What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of our Higher Power.
A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, "a design for living" that really works.
~ Alcoholics Anonymous, p 28

Thought to Ponder . . .

Spirituality is not based on logic, it is faith-driven.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = F
urther Adventures In Trusting Her/Him

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Living without frustration
by Ralph Marston

It may seem that outside events and conditions are what cause frustration. But those outside circumstances are merely excuses, and do not actually create the frustration.

The frustration you experience is created by you. It is a product of your own mind and your own ego, and cannot exist without your support.

Your frustration is a choice. And just as easily as you can choose to experience it, you can also choose to let it go.

Remember that the next time you feel frustrated. Remember that it does not have to be.

Frustration blinds you to the best possibilities, and puts valuable resources out of your reach. There is no question that you’ll be far more effective without that frustration.

So when you find yourself frustrated, choose right then and there to raise your awareness to a higher level. See how useless and unnecessary that frustration really is.

Then let it go, and free yourself to move quickly ahead.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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