Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-10-2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Today's Gift

It' OK to allow yourself to feel good. --Author Unkonwn 

Good feelings can become a habitual part of our life.

There is absolutely no virtue in the unnecessary suffering, which many of us have felt for much of our life. We don't have to allow others to make us miserable, and we don't have to make ourselves miserable.

A good day does not have to be the calm before the storm. That's an old way of thinking we learned in dysfunctional systems.

In life, a good day or a good feeling doesn't mean we're in denial. We don't have to wreck our good times by obsessively searching for or creating a problem.

Enjoying our good days doesn't mean we're being disloyal to loved ones who are having problems. We don't have to make ourselves feel guilty because other people aren't having a good day. We don't have to make ourselves miserable to be like them. They can have their day and their feelings; we can have ours.

A good feeling is to be enjoyed. More than we can imagine, good days are ours for the asking.

Today, I will let myself enjoy what is good. I don't have to wreck my good day or good feeling; I don't have to let others spoil it either.

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

The less able I am to believe in our epoch and the more arid and depraved human kind seems in my eyes, the less I look to revolution as the remedy and the more I believe in the magic of love. --Hermann Hesse

We have been more likely to look outward than inward for solutions to problems. Yet this program is changing us from within. As we come to terms with ourselves, as we learn to be in relationships with friends and family, the same picture that looked so dismal in past years may look full of possibilities and even rich in the present. The love we feel toward others and the love we receive change our perceptions.

We need not expect all relationships to be alike. One friend may be a wonderful recreational buddy, but perhaps we wouldn't talk about everything in our life with that person. Another friend is comfortable and we can be ourselves but we may not be challenged to grow or change. No friendship, no spouse, no one person can be enough in our life. But as a group they sustain and enrich us. We need the love and contact with them all.

Action for the Day: Today I will be thankful for love, which gives meaning and hope to life.

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

One Day At A Time

So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out
of ourselves, and the alcoholic/addict is an extreme example of self-will run riot,
though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics/addicts must be
rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! Our Higher Power makes that possible. And
there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without Their aid.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62

Thought to Ponder . . .
The smallest package in the world is an someone all wrapped up in their self.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W I S D O M = W
hen Into Self, Discover Our Motives

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Let joy be
by Ralph Marston

Don’t let your joys become needs. Set them free and enjoy them even more.

There are activities, people, foods, drinks and experiences you enjoy. Yet if you get to the point where you must have them, where you need them, their joy disappears.

Life has enough chores and burdens. Don’t corrupt and reshape joy into a burden by needing to have it.

Instead, allow joy. Give, encourage, support and enable joy to find a place in your world.

Let joy be, without strife, desperation, needs or conditions. Let joy be, and let joy pull you toward it.

By very definition, anything you need you do not have. Get away from the need for joy, and get on with the living of it.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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