Monday, March 13, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-13-2017

Monday, March 13, 2017
Today's Gift

Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later win a little more. —Louis L'Amour

How much fuller each day feels when we can be patient and accept the inches we have progressed. Yet, we are aware of large problems which require miles of progress. We may want others in our lives to change quickly, we may be impatient with a work situation, or we may feel angry about our dysfunctions.

Perhaps the spiritual message to us is we need to surrender to time. We are on the road moving in the direction of our personal victory. The forces of progress are at work. Our growth now may come in learning patience and trusting this process. Looking back we might see a mile of progress. It was made an inch at a time.

Today, I will accept my progress. There are many rewards already.

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

The past has flown away. The coming month and year do not exist; ours only is the present's tiny point. --Shabistari

We are tempted to look back and to look ahead. But what we most need to do is be present in this moment, with ourselves, with our loved ones and friends, and with our experience right here and right now. When we were lost and asleep in our using days and codependency, we could not be emotionally present. Our thoughts were taken up with how we would get our next drink, our next big gambling win, or with how to handle the latest crisis. To be emotionally present and live in the moment; this takes time, and it's a frame of mind that develops as we grow in recovery.

One way we become more present in the moment is to practice gratitude. We can always name a few things we feel grateful for - small and big things, funny and serious things. Looking through the lens of gratitude brings us into the immediate moment.

Action for the Day: Today I will look at my day through the lens of gratitude.

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

One Day At A Time

Demonstrations of Faith
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else’s, but when an honest
effort is made “to practice these principles in all our affairs,”
well-grounded A.A.’s seem to have the ability, by God’s grace, to take
these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 114

Thought to Ponder . . .
Faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it grows.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = F
acing All, Intuitively Trusting a Higher Power

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Real world action
by Ralph Marston

Not sure what to do? Don’t let that stop you.

The only way you can be sure of what will happen is after it happens. Take action, see where it leads, and use that experience to improve your next action.

Of course, consider what you’re doing, and think through the possible consequences. Just don’t think so long and hard that you fail to make a move.

Don’t take foolish risks, but do be willing to experiment. Do step forward into unknown territory, for that’s where you’ll encounter rich new possibilities.

Put thought into what you do, and remember this. You’ll discover much more by doing than you will by thinking.

Allow real world action to solidify your direction. Go ahead, get going, and soon you’ll be doing something great.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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