Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-7-2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Today's Gift

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important. Capture the good times. And if things don't work out, just take another shot. ― Ziad K. Abdelnour

Enjoying the Good Days

Good feelings can become a habitual part of our life. There is absolutely no virtue in the unnecessary suffering many of us have felt for much of our life. We don't have to allow others to make us miserable, and we don't have to make ourselves miserable.

A good day does not have to be the "calm before the storm." That's an old way of thinking we learned in dysfunctional systems. In life, a good day or a good feeling doesn't mean we're in denial. We don't have to wreck our good times by obsessively searching for or creating a problem.

Enjoying our good days doesn't mean we're being disloyal to loved ones who are having problems. We don't have to make ourselves feel guilty because other people aren't having a good day. We don't have to make ourselves miserable to be like them. They can have their day and their feelings; we can have ours.

A good feeling is to be enjoyed. More than we can imagine, good days are ours for the asking.

Today, I will let myself enjoy what is good. I don't have to wreck my good day or good feeling; I don't have to let others spoil it either.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Every human being is a problem in search of a solution. --Ashley Montagu

Each of us is a strong and fragile creature. We're always subject to forces outside our control, and we're learning steps for living that help us cope and rise above these problems. Our particular situation might seem special to us but in another sense, everyone's situation is a unique problem. Spiritual growth is the result of coming face to face with our own situation, feeling the brunt of our own puzzlement, recognizing no recipe will apply completely, and then trusting our Higher Power as we make unsure responses.

No school or parent can ever teach us enough to smooth our search for solutions. We become complete human beings by living through the muddle, by truly trusting our connections with or Higher Power and other people to carry us along until we find clarity again. We progress into adulthood when we meet our own particular life crises. We learn to see we have this process in common with every human being. Rather than resist our problems, we band together with others and pool our strength to find solutions.

Action for the Day: I will remember that my problems today are opportunities for spiritual growth.

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

One Day At A Time

Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid.
It meant destruction of self-centeredness.
I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 14

Thought to Ponder . . .
If I self-forget I find.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = H
onesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Keep going, get through it
by Ralph Marston

Going through the dark valley can be difficult, frightening, painful. Yet once you manage to climb out, you’ll be stronger, more inspired, more creative, more energetic.

Challenge is tough, yet you are tougher. Keep going, and get through it.

You’ve benefitted in countless ways from past experience. Soon you’ll have even more of that valuable experience.

When things are too good for too long, you begin to take those good things for granted. A difficult challenge changes all that, making your resources, skills, connections more useful as a result of your renewed appreciation.

Keep going, and get through it. Every day of hardship builds more strength, opens more possibilities.

You are heading toward a place where you can do more than you’ve ever been able to do. Keep going, and you’ll be there soon.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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