Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-15-2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Today's Gift

The difficulty in life is the choice. —George Moore

How we choose to spend our time says much about what is important to us. If we have no goals, we may try to kill time. If we have too many goals, there may not be enough time in the day to do all we set out to do. We must make some choices based on our values. We may need to take more time for some things, and let go of others. For example, this year will we try to learn to play the guitar? Perhaps we have finally decided to drop out of that club which seems to have little purpose. Will we give more time to work, or less time? With each of these choices, we shape our lives. We can do it with the touch of an artist if we pay attention to the choices we are making.

What is truly important to me today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

All of my life I've been like a doubled up fist... poundin', smashin', drivin' - now I'm going to loosen these doubled up hands and touch things easy with them. --Tennessee Williams

Everyone has many sides. Some sides are highly developed and other sides aren't at all. We need not fear turning to a new side and exploring it. This recovery program has enabled us to pursue sides of ourselves that were closed before. When we were lost in our narrow world of codependency and addiction, we had fewer options. Now we have far greater access to our strength and our self-esteem, and we find new parts of ourselves.

Many of us have found relationships, which were never possible before, job choices we would never have had, and the pleasure of greater involvement in life. It is reassuring to see that we don't always have to give up one side of ourselves to add new ones.

Action for the Day: I will thank my Higher Power for the many options opening up to me in this renewed life.

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

One Day At A Time

One More Failure
Never could we recapture the great moments of the past. There was an insistent yearning to
enjoy life as we once did and a heartbreaking obsession that some new miracle of control
would enable us to do it. There was always one more attempt-and one more failure.
~ Alcoholics Anonymous, p 151

Thought to Ponder . . .
When we try to control our drinking or drugging, we have already lost control.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I L U R E = F
earful, Arrogant, Insecure, Lonely, Uncertain, Resentful, Empty

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Great value in you
by Ralph Marston

There is great value in you that you ignore, that you forget about because it is so familiar. There is great value in you that you resist because it is too challenging.

You have ideas, inspiration, love, strength, passion, caring. Your life could benefit from pulling it all out into the daylight and making good use of it.

Living well, living true to purpose, is a beautiful, satisfying way to be. It is also a lot of work.

Yet it is well worth the trouble to give your best to life. For what you experience in doing so is nothing short of miraculous.

This troubled world has a way of heaping discouragement on you. The beautiful thing is, you don’t have to respond in kind, for you have the power to make things better.

Spend a quiet moment just feeling the great beneficial value your life has accumulated. Let the energy of that feeling push you forward as you make a real positive difference in the world right now.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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