Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-23-2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Today's Gift

Stop seeking out the storms in your life and enjoy more fully the sunlight life produces. ― Gordon B. Hinckley

Life is not to be endured; life is to be enjoyed and embraced.

The belief that we must square our shoulders and get through a meager, deprived existence for far off rewards in Heaven is a codependent belief.

Yes, most of us still have times when life will be stressful and challenge our endurance skills. But in life, we'must learn to live, to enjoy our life, and handle situations as they come.

Our survival skills have served us well. They have gotten us through difficult times - as children and adults. Our ability to freeze feelings, deny problems, deprive ourselves, and cope with stress has helped us get where we are today. But we must believe we're safe now. We're learning to do more than survive. We can let go of unhealthy survival behaviors. We're learning new, better ways to protect and care for ourselves. We're free to feel our feelings, identify and solve problems, and give ourselves the best. We're free to open up and come alive.

Today, I will let go of my unhealthy endurance and survival skills. I will choose a new mode of living, one that allows me to be alive and enjoy the adventure.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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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

The present will not long endure.---Pindar

At certain moments, our best friend is time. Time is a gift given us. Time helps us heal. We need to know that when things are tough, these times will pass, and peace will return. Our Higher Power can be like a parent who comforts a child when there's a storm outside. The parent gently reminds the child the sun will shine again.

Tough times come and go. There will be times when life is ugly and very painful. We can't be happy all the time. Remember, our Higher Power is always there. We must have faith in this. A saying often heard in the program is, "This too shall pass."

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, remind me that things will get better. Even if they get worst for a while, they will get better. Let this be my prayer in hard times.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list times in my life when I thought I couldn't go on. I'll remember the pain, but I'll also remember how time was my friend.

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

A Power
We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and
express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves,
we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to
fully define or comprehend that Power, which is a God, as we understand Them.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 46

Thought to Ponder . . .
Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = H
onesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness

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

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Away from the frenzy
by Ralph Marston

Just because it is possible to live day after day at a blistering pace, doesn’t mean it is preferable. You don’t always have to get more, do more, have more, to live richly.

Fulfillment is about quality and meaning, not simple quantity. Fill your life, but don’t pack it so tightly you can’t breathe.

Effort, industriousness and achievement bring great value to life. Yet quiet, thoughtful times can be just as enriching as busy, productive periods.

There’s no point in having everything if you do not take the time to enjoy anything. Take the time, breathe, savor, give goodness a chance to sink in.

Don’t delay, don’t procrastinate, but don’t make everything into a race. If you miss the green light there will be another, and time before it to catch your breath.

Life is much too magnificent to rush through it. Step away from the frenzy, and truly get ahead.

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

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