Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-28-2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Today's Gift

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness. —Han Suyin

It may take a while to learn to be gentle with ourselves. So of us have long standing patterns of abusing and shaming ourselves. Maybe we became this way because we were victims. Now it's easier to attack ourselves for mistakes we've made than to be accountable and make amends. We think we deserve to be rejected if we let our friends know our deepest secrets. In the midst of stress we fly to self-doubt and self-shaming thoughts. We withdraw emotionally, we pout, we expect rejection rather than gentleness.

For today, let us pledge to be gentle with ourselves. Gentleness isn't dishonest; it isn't arrogant or self-centered. It is taking reality - with whatever pain that includes - and treating ourselves as a worthwhile person. We will be stronger and less self-centered when we accept this gentleness. We will be as loyal to ourselves as we are to our best friends. Each day with this new attitude will build strength of character and wisdom.

Today, may I treat myself with gentleness and learn the strength it has to teach me.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

It takes time, love, and support to find peace with the restless one. --Deidra Sarault

Restlessness is born of frustration. Perhaps we want to move ahead with our lives more quickly. Does a job have us trapped? Do past troubles haunt us still? Maybe perfectionism tarnishes every attempt to achieve. We can learn from our restlessness, if we let it guide us to our inner reservoir of peace and spiritual support.

The search for serenity often takes us farther from it. We mistakenly think a different job or home or relationship will answer all our needs. But we find that our restlessness has accompanied us to our new surroundings. Peace has its home within. And prayer and meditation opens the door to it. In the stillness of our patience, we are privy to its blessing.

Restlessness indicates our distance from our higher power. It may be time for a change in our lives. Change is good; however, our relationship with our Higher Power will vouchsafe any needed changes. Restlessness is self-centered and will only hamper the steps we may need to take.

Action for the Day: Restlessness is a barometer that reveals my spiritual health. Perhaps prayer and meditation is called for today.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time

. . . they have struck something better than gold. . . .
They may not see at once that they have barely scratched a limitless
lode which will pay dividends only if they mine it for the rest of
their life and insists on giving away the entire product.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 129

Thought to Ponder . . .
In AA, we discover that it is impossible to give without receiving,
or receive without giving.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E A L = H
elping Every Alcoholic Live

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

You have the power
by Ralph Marston

You have the power to set yourself free of negative thought patterns and behaviors. You have the power to imagine the best for yourself and your world, and then to immediately take steps in that direction.

You have the power to rise above the meaningless, petty distractions that can waste so much time and steal so much energy. You have the power to fill your moments, your life and your awareness with the things that have real and lasting meaning.

You have the power to be your best no matter what the circumstance. You have the power to move forward no matter what setbacks or obstacles may block your path.

You have the power to live true to your highest vision of how life can be. You have the power to follow and to reach the dreams of your choosing.

You have all this power because you have the choice. In each moment, you can choose, independent of all other factors, what to think, what to say, what to do and who to be.

Though it is a serious responsibility, it is also the most magnificent opportunity anyone could ever imagine. For you have the choice, and the power, to truly and to fully live.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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