Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-26-2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Today's Gift

A weed is but an unloved flower. --Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Through actively loving one another we nurture the richness of everyone's fuller expression. With no more than a nod of attention we can elicit a smile or perhaps a commitment to attempt again a challenge that defeated us earlier. None of us shines as brightly, moves as swiftly, or succeeds as easily as when someone special is rooting in our corner.

We each need someone special, and let's not forget that we are someone special to another who is walking our path. The loneliness of a day is diminished when we feel the love of someone near or far. The dread of any task is lessened when we bask in the knowledge that we are special to someone. Like roses, we bloom while under the gaze of loving eyes.

Let's remember to nurture the rose within the friends and strangers who are walking our way today.

From the book Worthy of Love by Karen Casey. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. --- Ernest Hemingway

It's hard to listen in a complete way. Often we listen, but we're still thinking about ourselves. We wonder, "How do their words relate to me? Do I have anything to add?" Often, fear is behind these questions. We fear saying the wrong thing. We fear looking stupid. Good listeners know how to let go of their fears. To listen completely, we step outside ourselves, and we're totally there for someone else. Sometimes we listen for only a few moments. Sometimes we don't even agree with the people we're listening to. But we let them know that they count. What a gift we give when we listen in a complete way!

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, teach me to listen in a complete way. Teach me to step outside myself and be their for others.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll listen to what the person says.

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

One Day At A Time

True Ambition
True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the
deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of our High Power.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, pp. 124 - 125

Thought to Ponder . . .
The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living.

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

What’s in it for others
by Ralph Marston

What will your success do for others? What positive effect will the success you desire have on the world around you? When your vision of success is all about you, the road is long and lonely, and probably won’t take you anywhere worth reaching. But when you expand your vision of success beyond yourself, then lots of powerful factors line up in your favor.

When the success you seek brings value to others, you’re likely to find plenty of support in reaching it. Instead of fighting to take something just for yourself, you’re working to make a positive difference in your world.

When you seek only to take for yourself, you’re guaranteed to be met with stiff resistance every step of the way. On the other hand, when you sincerely seek to give, and to provide real value to those around you, others will go out of their way to cheer you on and lift you up.

You must really mean it, though. Faking it won’t bring anything of lasting value.

Rather than looking for ways to take advantage, rather than being in it just for yourself, look for ways to give advantage, ways to create real value for others. That’s the very best strategy to ensure your own real and lasting success.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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