Monday, April 10, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-10-2017

Monday, April 10, 2017
Today's Gift

In wildness is the preservation of the world. - Henry David Thoreau

Nature confronts us with its beauty in a flower or a furry animal. The awesomeness of nature is in a lightning bolt or a majestic mountain. Every variety of tree has its own uniquely textured bark. Each annual ring in a tree trunk is a natural record of the growing conditions in each year it grew. These things remind us we are not in charge, and we are moved by the experience.

This "wildness" is everywhere around us, and we are renewed by it when we interact with it. At night, in the city, we look up and see the ancient moon. When we live with a pet, it reminds us we are creatures too. We are part of this larger whole. We don't just appreciate nature -- we are nature. When we open our eyes and learn to be a part of it, it renews and lifts our spirits.

Today, I will notice my relationship with the sun and moon, with the plants and animals in my world.

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

Life is patchwork--here and there, scraps of pleasure and despair. Joined together, hit or miss. --Anne Bronaugh

As you look ahead, to this day, you can count on unexpected experiences. You can count on moments of laughter. And you can count on twinges of fear. Life is seldom what we expect, but we can trust that we will survive the rough times. They will, in fact, soften our edges. Pleasure and pain share equally in the context of our lives.

We so easily forget that our growth comes through the challenges we label "problems." We do have the tools at hand to reap the benefits inherent in the problems that may face us today. Let us move gently forward, take the program with us, and watch the barriers disappear.

There is no situation that a Step won't help us with. Maybe we'll need to "turn over" a dilemma today. Accepting powerlessness over our children, or spouse, or co-worker may free us of a burden today. Or perhaps amends will open the communication we seek with someone in our lives. The program will weave the events of our day together. It will give them meaning.

Today's Action: Today, well lived, will prepare me for both the pleasure and the pain of tomorrow.

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

One Day At A Time

Calm, thoughtful reflection upon personal relations can deepen our insight. We can go
far beyond those things which were superficially wrong with us, to see those flaws which
were basic, flaws which sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern of our lives.
Thoroughness, we have found, will pay—and pay handsomely.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 80

Thought to Ponder . . .
My faults do not make me faulty; they make me human.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T H I N K =
Thank Heavens, I Now Know

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Live what you’re worth
by Ralph Marston

Don’t waste time and energy proving what you’re worth. Put all of yourself into living what you’re worth.

It’s not the opinion of others that makes you worthy. It’s not the number of followers or likes you get, or the balance in your bank account that makes you worthy.

Life expresses, advances, improves itself through you in a unique, magnificent way. As such, your worthiness exists independent of any outside factor.

Let go of the need to demonstrate that worth. Embrace the opportunity to create new, living substance out of it.

Respect, appreciate, learn from the opinions of others, from how they see you. At the same time, free yourself from being a slave to those opinions.

Feel the power of worthiness that is always in you no matter what. Live that worthiness in all you do.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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