Friday, April 14, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-14-2017

Friday, April 14, 2017
Today's Gift

Independence, like honour, is a rocky island without a beach. --Napoleon Bonaparte

Who hasn't taken pride in doing something that no one thought could be done? It gives us satisfaction to do something difficult, to lift our head high and say, "I did this alone." We take pride in being the best we can be.

But we can't find happiness in the pride that sets us against our fellow humans, saying, "I don't need you," or even, "I'm better than you." We do need each other. And each of us has strengths, weaknesses, and God-given talents that our Higher Power expects us to use to help each other.

I will offer my help to others, and in return, I will receive the help I need.

From the book In God's Care by Karen Casey. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

A person who is looking for something doesn't travel very fast. --E. B. White

What do we really want? What are we seeking? Many of us have felt driven and still feel restless or compulsive at times. We frantically followed our impulses to self-destructive extremes. Even those painful actions of our past were motivated, at the bottom line, by a spiritual search. What did we really seek in the bottle, or in the passionate bed, or in our work? Slowing down enough every day to let ourselves know what we are looking for gives us a much better chance of finding it.

Today we can slow down by taking twenty minutes for solitude and quiet, for meditation or prayer. We can call a friend simply for a moment of contact. We might read something to give ourselves some ideas to ponder, or we can listen to music which will transport us to another world. Perhaps we can simply walk more slowly from our cars or the bus stop to our homes. Often it is not the events in our lives that bring change but the space between events.

Action for the Day: Today, I will try to remember that slowing down may help me find what I am seeking.

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

One Day At A Time

We went back through our lives. Nothing counted
but thoroughness and honesty. When we were finished
we considered it carefully.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 65

Thought to Ponder . . .
Honesty is the absence of the intent to deceive.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
C H A N G E = C
hoosing Honesty Allows New Growth Everyday

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Big enough
by Ralph Marston

Be bigger than the pettiness. Be bigger than those who may hurt or disrespect you.

Be big enough not to return negativity. Be big enough to set your own course, based on your values, not on what this person said or that person did.

Be big enough to care, to show it, to act on your caring. Be big enough to not let the disappointments stop you.

Be big enough to be generous. Be big enough to forgive.

Be big enough to respond with love. Be big enough to choose the most positive way forward from a difficult situation.

Be big enough to be humble, patient, kind. Be big enough to make life great for yourself and for everyone else.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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