Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-6-2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Today's Gift

Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light. —Jennie Jerome Churchill

Taking our friends and loved ones for granted, expecting perfection from them in every instance, greatly lessens the value we have in one another's life. Being hard on those closest to us may relieve some of the tension we feel about our own imperfections, but it creates another tension, one that may result in our friends leaving us behind.

We need the reminder, perhaps, that our friends are special to our growth. Our paths have crossed with reason. We complete a portion of the plan for one another's life. And for such gifts we need to offer gratitude.

Each of us is endowed with many qualities, some more enhancing than others; it is our hope, surely, that our lesser qualities will be ignored. We must do likewise for our friends. We can focus on the good, and it will flourish--in them, in ourselves, in all situations. A positive attitude nurtures everyone. Let us look for the good and, in time, it is all that will catch our attention.

I can make this day one to remember with fondness. I will appreciate a friend. I will let them know they matter in my life. Their life will be enhanced by my attention.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Walk in Dry Places

The Barrier of Sick Pride

Sharing Feelings

Pride can be either sick or healthy. It's sick pride that keeps us in bondage to alcohol. It's healthy pride that emerges when we have high self-esteem. Finding the right path in sobriety always involves a battle to keep sick pride out of our lives.

What if I'm at a discussion meeting and I feel reluctant to admit that certain character defects are still giving me trouble? Can this be sick pride carrying on the pretense that I have risen above such problems? What if someone takes issue with a point I've tried to make in a discussion? Does sick pride cause me to react in self-defense?

We learn in the 12 Step program that we gain nothing by attempting to conceal our character defects from our fellow members. We gain everything by sharing our true feelings and letting others know we are vulnerable human beings. There is never any need to defend or explain anything we've tried to say in a meeting. The real message always comes through in our attitude, and it will reach those for whom it's intended.

Action for the Day: I'll check myself today to see if sick pride is dictating what I say and do. The more I can let others see me as I really am, the more honest my relationships will be.

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

One Day At A Time

Daily Reprieve
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.
We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.
What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of our Higher Power’s will into all of our activities.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85

Thought to Ponder . . .
Talking about the spiritual part of the program is like talking about the wet part of the ocean.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = K
eeping It Simple, Spiritually

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Not the problem
by Ralph Marston

The solution will not be found by continuing to rehash the problem. Step back, let go, and point your focus toward the desired outcome.

The problem is just something that blocks your path at the moment. What matters more is where the path leads, and why.

You are an outstanding problem solver. To tap in to that power, your problem solving must have a meaningful purpose and a clear context.

If you confine your thinking, your energy to the problem itself, that limits your options. Instead, bring the full richness of your life to bear on making positive progress.

Though problems impede you they do not have to overwhelm you. For you are more powerful, more versatile and dynamic, more purposeful than any problem.

Give awareness, gratitude, effort, energy and time to the ninety-nine percent of your life that is not the problem. There you will find the wherewithal to move forward.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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