Friday, March 24, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-24-2017

Friday, March 24, 2017
Today's Gift

The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves. —Ellen Goodman

It is so easy, and tempting, to get down on ourselves, to focus on an imperfect face, a dismal batting average, our fear of math, or our big feet. The trouble is, the more we feel sorry for ourselves, and the more we have to feel sorry about. And though it probably doesn't hurt to indulge in a little self-pity once in a while, how unfortunate--and limiting--it can be to let those attitudes define us.

The things we hate about ourselves are no more real than the things we like about ourselves. The trick is to dwell on the things we like instead of those we don't. Even on days when we are sure we are the least loveable creatures in the world, we can "act as if" we like ourselves. What a surprise at the end of the day, to find out that we actually do!

What can I like about myself 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

We are the greatest things that will ever happen to us. Believe it. It makes life much easier. --Codependent No More

It is time to stop this nonsense of running around picking on ourselves.
We may have walked through much of our life apologizing for ourselves either directly or indirectly - feeling less valuable than others, believing that they know better than we do, and believing that somehow others are meant to be here and we are not.

We have a right to be here.
We have a right to be ourselves.
We are here. There is a purpose, a reason, and an intention for our life. We do not have to apologize for being here or being who we are.
We are good enough, and deserving.
Others do not have our magic. We have our magic. It is in us.

It doesn't matter what we've done in our past. We all have a past, woven with mistakes, successes, and learning experiences. We have a right to our past. It is ours. It has worked to shape and form us. As we progress on this journey, we shall see how each of our experiences will be turned around and used for good.

We have already spent too much time being ashamed, being apologetic, and doubting the beauty of ourselves. Be done with it. Let it go. It is an unnecessary burden. Others have rights, but so do we. We are neither less than nor more than. We are equal. We are who we are. That is whom we were created and intended to be.
That, my friend, is a wonderful gift.

Action for the Day: Today I ask my Higher Power to help me own my power to love and appreciate myself. Help me give myself validity instead of looking to others to do that.

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 . . .
New ideals and new attitudes bring a new life.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = A
ccept, Begin, Continue

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Choose precisely
by Ralph Marston

Give this day a specific purpose and from it you will get specific results. Focus on a set of meaningful goals and you’ll get worthwhile things accomplished.

It’s great to have positive intentions. For those intentions to be realized, they must be clear, detailed, unambiguous.

You’re capable of doing amazing things every time you aim your efforts in a well-defined direction. If you wish to make something good and valuable out of this day, decide right now precisely what that will be.

An essential part of any achievement is deciding exactly what the achievement will look like. The more details you fill in, the more options you give yourself for making it happen.

How many, what color, when, where, how big, with who? Challenge yourself to transform generalized desires into richly detailed goals.

You have the power to do precisely what you choose. So go ahead and choose, precisely.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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