Friday, February 3, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-3-2017

Friday, February 3, 2017
Today's Gift

We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

The definition of courage is the ability to conquer fear or despair. In the past we may have been called courageous because we stayed in circumstances that were difficult or nearly unbearable. We may have felt that walking away from family, children, or friends was cowardly or displayed weakness. We may have felt that by holding back our tears we were stronger people.

Yet all the things we may have viewed as weakness are really signs of courage. All the things we believed to be acts of courage were really not courageous at all. If we walked away from difficult or unbearable circumstances, we would be conquering despair. If we cried, we would have been courageous by letting go of our fear, pain, or sadness.

Courage doesn't mean putting ourselves in stressful or unpleasant situations. Courage doesn't mean controlling our emotions. Courage is the ability to strengthen ourselves against the fear and despair of life, rather than be drowned by it.

What have I done today that took courage? I can be grateful for my courage and strengthen it.

From the book Night Light by Amy E. Dean. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. --Katherine Mansfield

Perfectionism and its control over our lives stands seriously in the way of our growth and well-being, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Life's lessons come through failures probably more than successes. Through our failures we learn humility. We learn to look to others for help and guidance. We learn how to let others fail, too. We fail because we are human.

When we no longer fear failure, we are free to attempt greater feats. We dare to learn more, and life is fuller for it--not just our own lives, but the lives that we touch.

Laughter over our mistakes eases the risk of trying again. Laughter keeps us young, and the lighthearted find more pleasure in each day.

Action for the Day: I will fail at something I try today. I can laugh about it, though. My laughter will open the way to another try.

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

One Day At A Time
I cried when I should have been laughing. I laughed when I should have cried.
Events I thought were the end of the world turned out to be gifts. It was all very confusing. Slowly, things began to work out.
As I began to take the steps of recovery, my role in the pitiful condition of my life became clear.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 316-317

Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is a journey, not a destination.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = S
urrender, Willingness, Action, Trust

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Peacefully on your way
by Ralph Marston

Life can too often be hectic, confusing and painfully noisy. If you listen just to the noise, and focus only on the confusion, it can indeed be quite distressing.

It pays to remember, now and again, that the noise and confusion are not what life is all about. Sure they command your attention, but that doesn’t make them particularly meaningful.

Have you ever noticed that people who always feel the need to shout rarely have anything useful to say? On the other hand, those who whisper do so because what they’re saying has great importance.

The events of each day are often the same way. The things that scream for your attention rarely deserve very much of it.

When you come face to face with something loud, urgent, insisting or demanding, get in the habit of asking yourself this question. Is it really all that important?

If it’s not, then quickly dismiss it from your concerns. And go peacefully, purposefully, positively on your way.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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