Friday, March 10, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-10-2017

Friday, March 10, 2017
Today's Gift

It is healthier to see the good points of others than to analyze our own bad ones. —Francoise Sagan

Looking for the good in others is good for one's soul. Self-respect, self-love grows each time we openly acknowledge another's admirable qualities. Comparisons we make of ourselves with others, focusing on how we fail to measure up (another person is better looking, more intelligent, has a better sense of humor, attracts people, and on and on) is a common experience. And we come away from the comparison feeling generally inadequate and unloving toward the other person.

It is a spiritual truth that our love for and praise of others will improve our own self-image. It will rub off on us, so-to-speak. An improved self-image diminishes whatever bad qualities one has imagined.

Praise softens. Criticism hardens. We can become all that we want to become. We can draw the love of others to us as we more willingly offer love and praise. We have an opportunity to help one another as we help ourselves grow in the self-love that is so necessary to the successful living of each day.

I will see the good points in others today. And I will give praise.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town. --Eleanor H. Porter

We have met certain people who inspired laughter, hope, or changes in us, or those close to us. We look forward to seeing them. We leave their presence believing in ourselves, aware that we can tackle whatever problems had us immobilized. That special gift to inspire is ours for the taking, too. The inspiration comes from our Higher Power.

We can look to our Higher Power for the strength we need. It will come. We can look also to Them for direction, for the steps we need to take today. And then wait. Those persons who inspire us have developed a secure connection to their Higher Power. And it's their connection that comes through them to inspire us.

We can take some time today, before the demands overwhelm us, to weave our connection to our higher power. When that contact is secure, we won't have to await inspiration from another person to forge ahead with our plans. The inspiration will live within us, and it will beckon us onward. Our way will be illuminated.

Action for the Day: I shall meditate upon this. Conscious contact with my Higher Power is only a prayer away. My life will be brightened. My burdens will be lifted. My hopes will become realities, whenever I look to my Higher Power for the gift of inspiration.

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

One Day At A Time

In one form or another, many of my character defects appear daily: self-condemnation,
anger, running away, being prideful, wanting to get even, or acting out of grandiosity.
Attempting half measures to eliminate these defects merely paralyzes my efforts to change.
It is only when I ask my Higher Power for help, with complete abandon, that I become willing—and able—to change.
~ Daily Reflections, p 15

Thought to Ponder . . .
Pain is the measure of our resistance to change.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
G R O W T H = G
oodness Reveals Other Ways To Heal

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

The way you look at it
by Ralph Marston

If you don’t like the world you’re looking at, look at it in a different way. What upsets you is not what is there, but what you see in it.

You experience everything through the lens of your perspective. Instead of blaming, fearing, fighting, fretting over what you see, change the way you look at it.

No, looking at reality in a new way won’t change that objective reality. What it will change is you, your energy level, your degree of hope, the way you respond.

Every situation is what it is. Yet what you see in it, what you take from it, what you make of it, is up to you.

The results you achieve depend not so much on where you start or what you have. They depend on what you do with what is there, and that is driven by your vision, by your perspective.

In any circumstance, you are free to choose your perspective. Choose one that’s empowering, energizing, purposeful, and let it lead you to create the best outcome possible.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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