Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-19-2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Today's Gift

Don't fear change - embrace it.-- Anthony J. D'Angelo

The winds of change blow through our life, sometimes gently, sometimes like a tropical storm. Yes, we have resting places - time to adjust to another level of living, time to get our balance, time to enjoy the rewards. We have time to catch our breath.

But change is inevitable and desirable.

Sometimes, when the winds of change begin to rustle, we're not certain the change is for the better. We may call it stress or a temporary condition, certain we'll be restored to normal. Sometimes, we resist. We tuck our head down and buck the wind, hoping that things will quickly calm down, get back to the way things were. Is it possible we're being prepared for a new normal?

Change will sweep through our life, as needed, to take us where we're going. We can trust that our Higher Power has a plan in mind, even when we don't know where the changes are leading.

We can trust that the change-taking place is good. The wind will take us where we need to go.

Today, help me to let go of my resistance to change. Help me be open to the process. Help me believe that the place I'll be dropped off will be better than the place where I was picked up. Help me surrender, trust, and accept, even if I don't understand.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Some of us, observing that ideals are rarely achieved, proceed to the error of considering them worthless. Such an error is greatly harmful. True North cannot be reached either, since it is an abstraction, but it is of enormous importance, as all the world's travelers can attest. --Steve Allen

How many of us, seeing others who failed to live fully by their ideals, cried, "Hypocrite!" Perhaps we even pointed to others' shortcomings to excuse our own. Now, in this program, we may be tempted to swing like a pendulum to the other extreme. We may hold to our values and principles so tightly that we are perfectionistic.

The idea that True North cannot ever be reached is very useful. If we don't achieve True North, even though we establish it as our standard, we will generally be heading in the right direction. Although we never perfectly achieve our ideals, they remain our standards today for orienting our lives.

Action for the Day: I will accept standards for my life but I will not beat on myself for my imperfections.

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

One Day At A Time

We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were
alcoholics and addicts. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like
other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p.30

Thought to Ponder . . .
My serenity is directly proportional to my level of acceptance.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = A
ccept, Begin, Continue

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Right direction
by Ralph Marston

Don’t get discouraged because you see the world heading in a negative direction. Get motivated to improve that direction.

Stop feeling hopeless because of what everyone else is doing. Realize the opportunity you have to be a positive example.

Refuse to curse the darkness. Shine your light and push away the darkness everywhere you can.

There are many good things you can do, so get busy. Being worried and being discouraged are not among those good things, so let them go.

Life is certainly not perfect and will never be, but that need not stop you from creating excellence. Today is full of great possibilities, and your best option is to bring the positive possibilities to life.

No matter who or what is going in the wrong direction, choose to push forward in the right direction. Go where you want life to go, for the best way to lead is by positive example.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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