Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-2-2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Today's Gift

One must be leery of words because they turn into cages. —Viola Spolin

We defeat ourselves with labels. We hem ourselves in; we shorten our vision; we cut off opportunities in the making. We influence how others think of us, too. Someone wise said that we teach others how to treat us. Are we teaching people to expect nothing great from us because we are always afraid? Do we shatter their vision of our potential by never thinking we can handle what may come?

We become the persons we have programmed ourselves to be. We can revamp this program, anytime. And right now is a good time to begin. We are surrounded by persons who have done just that.

It's time for praise. We are all that we need to be, and more. We will be helped to do all we are asked to do. We have an inner beauty that only needs encouragement to shine forth. If we smile from within today, we will free ourselves from our negative cages. A new life awaits us.

To catch myself each time I insult myself will be a challenge, but one worth taking on. And it's one I can win!

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

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe. --Thomas Berry

We grow in our spirituality by participating in activities that convey a sense of awe and mystery. Tending growing plants does this for some of us. Playing and listening to music, appreciating and creating art and literature do it for others. Hiking in the wilderness, camping, fishing, hunting, or photography have the same value. Membership in a religious group and attending services are other important ways. Engaging in the loving feelings in relationships does this for many of us.

As men in recovery, we need active ways to move beyond the boundaries of our own skins. We need to know we are part of a larger whole which has mysteries we cannot fully solve. When we identify our own ways of being spiritual, we can give them more respect. Perhaps we can also explore some other ways we have not developed.

Action for the Day: Today, I will participate in the mysteries and beauties of life.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time

As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought
or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 87 - 88

Thought to Ponder . . .
I can't do my Higher Power's will my way.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W O W = W
illingness Over Willpower

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Peaceful space
by Ralph Marston

It is okay to be bored sometimes, good and useful even. You do not need to cram every minute of every day with impressive, stimulating activity.

Occasionally the best stimulation is no stimulation. On a regular basis, you must allow time and space for life to sink in.

You cannot make meaning of anything when everything is coming at you nonstop. True richness comes not from a random stream of sensations, but from aligning your experiences with a coherent purpose.

Just because a topic is trending doesn’t mean it will add anything of value to your life. Don’t let your fear of missing out on the latest buzz cause you to miss out on what really matters.

Choose to spend some time away from the endless onslaught of sounds, images, information, drama, opinions. Give yourself a peaceful space to think, to feel, to wonder, to catch your breath.

Let go of the exhausting need to be constantly entertained and up-to-the-minute on everything. With what you know, with who you are, devote yourself to living life, richly, and deeply.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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