Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-8-2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Today's Gift

If the best person's faults were written on their forehead, it would make them pull their hat over their eyes. —Gaelic proverb

When we deal with our faults and imperfections, we are dealing with the basic issues of being a person. We can become bitter and cynical about the imperfections of others, or we can realize every person is incomplete but growing, just as we are. The way we look at the faults in others and the way we look at our own are closely tied together. In our spiritual journey, we must begin with the premise that no person ever achieves perfection.

Perfection apparently is not what this life is about at all, since perfection is nonexistent. We are lovable, and we can love in the process of living our lives. Since we are not perfect, we have to be accountable. We must have standards for our behavior and hold ourselves to those standards, admitting our mistakes and making repairs where we can.

I will try to acknowledge my mistakes and give up the idea of ever becoming perfect.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Reaction isn't action--that is, it isn't truly creative. --Elizabeth Janeway

We must learn how to act rather than react. Unfortunately, we've had lots of training at reacting. And we're all such good imitators. We are a society of reactors. We let the good or the bad behavior of another person determine our own behavior as a matter of course. But the opportunities are unlimited for us to responsibly choose our behavior, independent of all others in our life.

Change is ours, if we want it. A scowl from a spouse need not make us feel rejected. Criticism at work doesn't have to ruin our day. An inconsiderate bus driver might still be politely thanked. And when we decide for ourselves just how we want to act and follow through, self-esteem soars.

If we are put-down, it may momentarily create self-doubt; but when we quickly reassure ourselves that all is well and respond with respect, we grow. A sense of well-being rushes through our bodies.

Being in command of our own feelings and our own actions, prevents that free-floating anxiety from grasping us. We are who we choose to be. And new adventures await us.

Action for the Day: The opportunities to react will be many today. But each time I can pause, determine the action I'd feel better about, and take it. My emotional health gets a booster shot each time I make a responsible choice.

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

One Day At A Time

RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.
Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not,
completely give themselves to this simple program...
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58

Thought to Ponder . . .

Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W I L L I N G = W
hen I Live Life, I Need God(as I understand them)

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Inspired effort
by Ralph Marston

Place no judgment on what is necessary to be inspired. Free yourself to gain inspiration from anything, from everything, from nothing.

Enjoy life’s beauty to its fullest by not being dependent on it. Sink into the beauty, absorb it for your own, while not allowing it to consume you.

Inspiration radiates from your true nature. To feel inspired is to feel your authentic essence.

Distractions need not tarnish your inspiration when love and truth are at its source. Every big and little thing contributes to the magic that is your experience.

Give to every effort the benefit of being an inspired effort. Do this simply by making the effort, with persistence, with joy, no matter what.

Inspiration is not something you must wait for, wish for, strive for, or arrange. It is yours in your truth, in your love, in your desire to make a difference.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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