Monday, February 27, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-27-2017

Monday, February 27, 2017
Today's Gift

Nothing happens to any person that they are not formed by nature to bear. --Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Reflecting on the past reveals that indeed we do find the strength and the ability to cope with whatever experience ripples our calm. Moreover, we have come to accept that these tides of turmoil wash in new awarenesses, heightened perceptions, and measurable calm.

Tragedies are guaranteed to trigger first pain, then perceptible growth, and finally, tranquility. Over and over again we pass through these stages that are designed to nurture our fuller development as healthy human beings. Over and over we see that the tough times teach us what we're ready to learn.

We can look to the day ahead fully expecting to be strengthened enough to handle whatever we've been readied to experience. Nothing will present itself that can't be coped with.

Today I can be certain of growing. I will meet the challenges in unison with my inner strength.

From the book The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender. --Henri Amiel

When we were lost in our addictive ways, we were driven by self-interest. We didn't necessarily like ourselves or want to be so self centered. But we had no inner resources to help us escape the trap of our egos. When we were there, we could not see outside ourselves well enough to ask for help. Surrender, we thought, brought only defeat and humiliation.

The inspiration of this program brings us possibilities that cannot originate from within. When we surrender, we are no longer captives within our skins. We are actually restored to a more natural state as men in community with others, who literally cannot survive as isolated individuals. We must be a part of the give and take within the group, just as it has been for human beings since the beginning of time.

Action for the Day: Today, I surrender my self-interest again, knowing I must do it over and over.

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

One Day At A Time

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation -- some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in the Universe by mistake.
Until I could accept my dysfunctions, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world
as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 417

Thought to Ponder . . .
My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = A
cceptance, Belief, Change

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Your day to fill with richness
by Ralph Marston

You are alive and living, so today, act like it. Put your imagination to use, and then put effort and commitment into creating the good things you imagine.

When conditions change, adapt. When you encounter beauty, enjoy it, without guilt, without judgment, without doubt or worry.

Instead of wondering what certain experiences would be like, find out. Instead of wishing for things to be better, get busy making a positive difference.

Say what you think and do what you say. Follow the dreams that live in the heart of who you are.

Welcome the challenges and feel yourself growing strong as you work through them. Admit what you don’t know and make use of what you do know to learn more.

This is your day to fill with the richness of life. See what a great opportunity you have, and live it with all you can.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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