Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-30-2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Today's Gift

We all carry it within us: supreme strength, the fullness of wisdom, unquenchable joy. It is never thwarted and cannot be destroyed. But it is hidden deep, which is what makes life a problem. —Huston Smith

How does a one lose touch with their strength, their wisdom, their joy? Perhaps it is in the nature of humanity. Our most profound qualities are hidden deep. They never go away, but we cannot always find them. There is nothing wrong with ourselves as a person when we lose touch. It doesn't have to mean that we are a "bad person" for getting depressed or for feeling inadequate. Who doesn't have that problem? It is the nature of life that we sometimes feel this way. Life's journey helps us unearth the resources hidden within us.

When we cannot find those reassuring feelings of strength and wisdom and joy, we may think they are gone forever. We even doubt we ever had them or could have them again. But they are still there. They cannot be destroyed. And when we regain contact we know they have been with us all along.

I will have faith that the innermost places in me can never be destroyed.

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

Restless man's mind is,
So strongly shaken
In the grip of the senses...
Truly I think
The wind is no wilder.
--Bhagavad Gita

What passions have swept away our reasoning powers? What lust have we pursued at the cost of our values and better judgment? As people in this program, we know the ferocious winds of addiction and codependency. Now we are in a program of recovery, learning to combine our sensual side with our mind and our morals.

Every day we feel the winds of our senses, and they are part of what gives us life. We can let them blow and not be carried away by them. In this way we take pleasure in being human beings. We have our minds, our thoughts, and our knowledge to turn to for guidance. And we have our inner voice - our Higher Power - on which we can rely through even the wildest hurricane.

Action for the Day: I will continue to make room in life for my senses, my mind, and my Higher Power.

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

One Day At A Time

There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our
pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful
consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe
in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p 25

Thought to Ponder . . .
I want the gift of an untroubled mind.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = H
onest, Open-minded, Willing

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Great expectations
by Ralph Marston

To find new strength you must go beyond the places, concepts, people, ideas you’re already comfortable with. New strength comes packaged inside new challenges.

New strength is abundantly available to you, yet it cannot simply be handed to you. New strength can only be earned by forging beyond what you already knew you could do.

When you must become stronger is when you do become stronger. When the situation demands that you up your game, your effectiveness jumps to the next level.

As challenges pop up with increasing speed, don’t waste energy feeling sorry for yourself. Recognize, appreciate and make the most of the opportunity you’re being given.

Each difficulty you encounter is evidence that you’re ready to grow stronger. Each uncomfortable situation is a place to discover how much more capable you can be.

Life makes you uncomfortable when it has great expectations for you. Make those expectations your own, and feel your strength grow as you fulfill each one.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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