Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 3-23-2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Today's Gift

Only those means of security are good, are certain, are lasting that depend on yourself and your own vigor. --Machiavelli

What is our security based upon? This is a vital, bottom-line question.

Security is a basic need of all humans. But as with all quests, if we look for the object of our search in an area where it cannot be found, we court certain frustration and failure.

Many would base their security on outside conditions. That is building our house on sand. Beauty passes, fame is fleeting, wealth can quickly evaporate, and health is fragile at best. What then is safe to count upon?

Only one security cannot be taken away, and it resides within. Security based on our own belief in ourselves, in our ability not only to cope and survive, but to celebrate life is the only security that lasts. As hard as it may be for adult children to learn they can trust themselves, it still is the only lasting security.

My security rests on the gains I've made to a stronger sense of self.

From the book Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. ©
Days of Healing, Days of Joy.jpg

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

If anything, we have tended to be people who have wanted it all now. To hope is not to demand. ---On hope

Maybe we were a bit demanding. Maybe we were a bit impatient. Maybe that’s why we such little hope.
Hope is believing good will, even in bad times. Hope is knowing that “this too, shall pass.” Hope is knowing that no mater how afraid we are, our Higher Power will be with us. Hope is knowing we never have to be alone again. It is knowing that time is o our side. Hope is giving up control. Hope is knowing we never had control in the first place. Hope is believing in ourselves. Hope is what our program is all about.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, in our program we share our experiences, our strengths, and our hopes. Thank you for giving all three of these to me to share.

Action for the Day: I will share my hope for the future with myself, my Higher Power, and my friends. I also will share this with someone who has lost hope.

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

One Day At A Time

So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves,
and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't
think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must,
or it kills us! Our Higher Power makes that possible.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
ttitude Adjustment

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Miracle that is your life
by Ralph Marston

Do you really need to do, say, possess, defend all the things you think you need to? Are there useless, even destructive, parts of your life so familiar you’re afraid to let them go?

Invest some time in a space quiet enough to hear your soul whisper. Step away from the frenzy and remind yourself who you are.

Break free of endless insistent deadlines imposed by digital algorithm. Understand that the data is your servant, not your master.

Rejoice and be amazed at the diverse and beautiful lives of other people. But don’t let their words, their attitudes, their follies diminish your own glorious, original spirit.

Often times the urgent matters are not so urgent, and can wait. Sometimes it is good to turn off your phone, to be out of touch with the world and in touch with the miracle that is your life.

Give yourself rich and sustained experience in life itself. Care deeply, feel intensely, thankful for every precious moment that you can.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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