Monday, April 17, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-17-2017

Monday, April 17, 2017
Today's Gift

If your heart catches in your throat, ask a bird how she sings. —Cooper Edens

The idea of your heart getting caught in your throat and then asking a bird how it sings may seem silly. It is, but being silly is sometimes exactly what we need. Instead of always trying to figure out the lumps in our throats, we can learn how to sing with them.

Birds sing all day. Their songs are lighthearted and playful. And they bring us color along with their songs. We have all stopped to notice a special bird outside the window. A bird song can be a lullaby. It can be laughter. We need these things in our lives, too. By playing and laughing, we change the lumps in our throats to songs.

What sadness can I turn into song today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

That day is lost on which one has not laughed. ---French proverb

For a long time, we didn't really laugh. It's surprising when we think about it: We hadn't really laughed for so long . . . we almost forgot how good we could feel. It feels so good to laugh again!

Now our spirits come more alive each day. Now we feel what alcohol and other drugs stuffed deep inside us. Pain, fear and anger come up. But so do happiness and joy, thankfulness and a sense of humor. In early recovery, we work through the hard feelings. As we grow in the program, we have more and more room for happiness.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, wake me up to the joy and laughter that today holds for me. Don't let me miss it!

Action for the Day: Today, I'll spread some laughter. I will learn a joke and tell it to three people.

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

One Day At A Time

... important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging
for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious
newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p 110

Thought to Ponder . . .
Laughter is the sound of recovery.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
B E S T = B
een Enjoying Sobriety Today?

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

For the joy of it
by Ralph Marston

Live for the joy of it. Live for the love of it.

It’s never irresponsible to truly enjoy your moments. Because when you live with joy you create more value for all of life.

In joy you can see the beauty. In the beauty you can feel your purpose.

Let go of your ideas of what should or should not be. Be joyful simply because you can, right where you are, with all you have.

Joy is a gift you give to life that comes back to you the moment you give it. Give it often and give it profusely.

Feel joy, be joy and give joy. Then find even more joy in the positive difference it makes.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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