Friday, February 24, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-24-2017

Friday, February 24, 2017
Today's Gift

Unless our desire for human compassion is stronger than our desire to be right, to be secure or to belong, love will elude us. --Marsha Sinetar

Knowing we are loved is what most of us crave. For brief moments we feel it; then it eludes us once again. Why does it slip through our fingers so quickly? One way of attracting the love we desire is to be willing to love others. What we give to others comes back to us. Unfortunately, we may give judgment, impatience, or anger far more often than we give love.

We can learn to give compassion. First we need to make the decision to be compassionate. Then we need to act as if we're comfortable doing this. When we have practiced it awhile, we'll discover that giving love and receiving the love we crave is within our grasp.

I will feel loved when I give love away. I don't need to be right today. I need to be loved.

From the book A Woman's Spirit by Karen Casey. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. --Virginia Woolf

Anguish is undoubtedly more familiar to us than is the beauty of laughter. We feel anguish over our failings; we feel anguish over our losses; we feel anguish over the attempts to succeed that beckon to us.

Anguish comes of fear. And we so hope to avoid it. However, it seasons us as women; it enriches us even while it momentarily diminishes us. It is a major contributor to the sum and substance of our lives. The anguish we experience prepares us to help others experience their own particular anguish.

Our laughter, too, must be savored and shared. And laughter builds more laughter. Laughter lends a perspective on our anguish. Life is made richer, fuller, by the ebb and flow, the laughter and the anguish in concert.

If only we could remember, when the anguish is present, that it is making our Spirits whole. That it, along with laughter, is a healer of the soul. That it lifts our load at the same time that it burdens us. That it prepares us to better receive life's other gifts.

Action for the Day: I can help another face anguish. It brings us together. It softens me. And it makes way for the laughter soon to come.

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

One Day At A Time

Fearless and Thorough
At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way.
But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to
be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on
to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58

Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety without action is fantasy.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A C T I O N = A
ny Change To Improve Our Nature

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Peace is there
by Ralph Marston

The peace you seek is always there. It sits quietly and calmly beneath everything else that has been piled on top of it.

Let go of the anger, let go of the fear, let go of the anxieties, the arrogance and resentments. What you are left with is the peace that has been there all along.

Peace asks nothing other than your willingness to allow it, to accept it, and to experience it. When you release all else from your awareness, peace is what you will find still remaining.

Peace does nothing and yet it enables so very much. Peace allows you to solidly connect with what is truly meaningful and valuable in your life.

When your efforts come from a perspective of peace, they become much more effective. Peace gives great clarity to your thinking and immense depth to your understanding.

Peace is there, waiting to be uncovered. Let go of all the negativity that serves no purpose, and let the quiet, calm power of peace fill your day.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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