Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-18-2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Today's Gift

. . . in order to feel anything you need strength . . . —Anna Maria Ortese

Strength for any task, to withstand any pressure, to find the solution to any problem, is always as close as our very breath. We expend all our energy, wearing ourselves down, even getting sick from worry when we fail to turn to the source of strength that is ours for the taking.

We are offered, moment-by-moment, opportunities to experience the rapture of life. We have the chance, with self-discovery, to trust our senses, to turn ourselves over to the moment, knowing we can survive every experience, knowing we are guaranteed new knowledge, a greater awareness of the meaning of our own lives when we're fully attuned to the experiences that are uniquely our own, right here, right now.

Our strength increases as we flex it, not unlike muscles. The more we turn to that greater power, the more available that source of strength becomes. With practice, it becomes habitual to let our Higher Power help us withstand all pressures, solve every problem. In time, the pressures and problems seem to exist no more. We learn to let our higher power circumvent the difficulties in our lives. Free at last, we become free at last to feel the real joys of living.

All the strength I need to face anything that's worrying me is at hand. I will let go and let my Higher Power help me today.

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

Keep It Simple

Don't stop living your life!

So often, when a problem occurs, inside or around us, we revert to thinking that if we put our life on hold we can positively contribute to the solution. If a relationships isn't working, if we face a difficult decision, if were feeling depressed, we may put our life on hold and torment ourselves with obsessive thoughts.

Abandoning our life or routines contributes to the problem and delays us from finding the solution.
Frequently, the solution comes when we let go enough to live our life, return to our routine, and stop obsessing about the problem.

Sometimes, even if we don't feel like we have let go or can let go, we can act as if we have, and that will help bring about the letting go we desire.

You don't have to give up your power to problems. You can take your focus off your problem and direct it to your life, trusting that doing so will bring you closer to a solution.

Action for the Day: Today, I will go on living my life and tending to my routine. I will decide, as often as I need to, to stop obsessing about whatever is bothering me. If I don't feel like letting go of a particular thing, I will act as if I have let go of it until my feelings match my behavior.

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

One Day At A Time

An Understanding
But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed
with facts about them self, can generally win the entire confidence of another
alcoholic/addict in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or
nothing can be accomplished.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 18

Thought to Ponder . . .
Faith is our greatest gift; its sharing with others our greatest responsibility.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
E S H = E
xperience, Strength and Hope

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Peaceful presence
by Ralph Marston

Be a peaceful presence in the world. Be a peaceful presence in your own life.

A peaceful presence gives you power without draining your effectiveness. A peaceful presence is purposeful without being obsessive.

Let go of worry and let in acceptance. Let go of anxiety and let in positive effort.

Peacefully transform frustration into energy and inspiration. If anger gets you going let it be peaceful purpose that keeps you moving.

Be at peace with what has happened before, and you can direct all your resources to what will happen next. Rise above the envy, resentment, retribution that would steal your power.

Frame each response, each action with a peaceful presence. Let peace give maximum power to all you do.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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