Friday, April 7, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-7-2017

Friday, April 7, 2017
Today's Gift

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. --Oprah Winfrey

Celebrate who you are

Today, celebrate who you are. Yes, you have much in common with other people. But you're also uniquely you.

Grab a piece of paper and something to write with. Now write down:

1. A lesson that you have learned in life. 
2. A talent that you have, no matter how quirky.
3. Your favorite meal.
4. The name of a friend who respects and likes you for who you are. 
5. An activity that you enjoy.

Now, pick up the phone and call your friend. Invite them to a celebration with you. Do the activity that you enjoy – go for a walk, go to a ballgame, sit at home and watch videos, whatever you like to do. Then prepare your favorite meal or go to a restaurant and have them prepare it. Show your friend your talent – remember this person likes and respects you for who you are. So if you can balance e a ping pong ball on the tip of your nose, go ahead and do that. Show him or her how good you are. Talk to your friend about the lessons you have learned, and invite him or her to share a lesson learned from you.

Instead of fussing and worrying about how different you are, be grateful that you're unique.

Celebrate being you.

Higher Power, thanks for me, too.

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

Walk in Dry Places

Deserving Happiness

Emotional Control
Somewhere in the course of living sober, we should realize that we can deserve to be happy. If happiness is eluding us, the fault may lie in a peculiar guilt from our past. In a perverse way, we may be using unhappiness as penance for our past wrongs.

We deserve to be happy if we are doing the things that should bring happiness to ourselves and others. Thinking and living rightly is a path to happiness. Meeting our obligations to society and others contributes to personal happiness. Placing the overall responsibility for our lives in God's hands is yet another route to happiness.

We can also learn from our experience. Did any of us ever meet a truly happy person who was totally self-seeking? Do we remember any happy, serene people among our drinking companions? Did any of our temporary successes and victories bring permanent happiness?
AA experience gives us the answers we need. Happiness is always in the direction of love and service, never in anything selfish. We deserve to be happy, but we must plant seeds of happiness by our thoughts and actions.

Action for the Day: I'll be happy today. If I'm worrying about something, I'll suspend the worry and let myself be happy in spite of it. I deserve to be happy and I am usually the person who is responsible for this happiness.

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

One Day At A Time

This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for
selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask our Higher Power at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84

Thought to Ponder . . .
Love and tolerance of others is our code.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = H
onest, Open, Willing

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Let it flow
by Ralph Marston

Don’t try too hard, in fact don’t try at all. Allow yourself to do.

When you see yourself as trying, you’ve already assumed you will fail. Trying too hard doubles down on that negative perspective.

Life never has to be a trying experience. See yourself as doing, as achieving, as making a difference, then follow through on what you see.

Effective effort is a joy, and is never something to be avoided. Remind yourself of that, then claim some of the joy for yourself.

After all, you have a chance to change the world for the better. And you will, when you enjoy the opportunity rather than getting all uptight about it.

You have unique greatness to give. Stop trying so hard and let it flow.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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