Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-25-2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Today's Gift

I feel at this age I can go overboard and be as ridiculous as I want. --Miriam Hofmeier

A real blessing of growing older is the freedom it gives us to be who we really are. Of course, we could have been our real selves our whole lives. No doubt some of us were. However, far too many of us struggled to impress others with the person we thought we ought to be, and in the process, we lost a lot of real living. Fortunately, it's never too late to project the real us.

Do we know for certain who we really are? Age is no guarantee that we do. Living through others is not so uncommon, unfortunately, and if that describes us, then we still have the task of discovering who we really are. But let's think of it as an adventure rather than a task. It's a journey, one that promises to be full of surprises.

We have earned the right to speak our minds. We have earned the right to whatever beliefs appeal to us. Most particularly, we have earned the right to spend our days fulfilling whatever dreams we want. We're lucky.

Being as silly as I want to be today feels good. I have it coming!

From the book Keepers of the Wisdom ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness--simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain. --George Sand

We are as happy as we make up our minds to be, so goes the saying. But happiness is the result of right actions. We prepare for it daily. We chart our course. Many of us have to first determine where we want to go before we can decide on the chart. We have perhaps passively floated along for years. But now the time is right to navigate, to move toward a goal.

We may have fears about moving ahead. We can be courageous, however. Strength is at hand, always, if we but ask for it. We can make a small beginning today. And every day, we can do at least one thing we need to do to bring us closer to our goal. Accomplishment, however small, nurtures good feelings. Happiness is the byproduct.

Action for the Day: Today is wide open. I will decide on a course of action and move ahead. All around me help is available for the asking.

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

One Day At A Time

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch
loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is
an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89

Thought to Ponder . . .
Sobriety is the adventure of a lifetime. And it begins the moment we ask for help.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A = Y
ou Are Not Alone

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Choose joy
by Ralph Marston

Joy does not demand anything of you, and it gives you so very much. Allow it now, and let it pull you forward.

Joy does not ask you to be naive or unreasonable or to ignore the reality around you. It simply offers to shine a positive, empowering light on that reality.

Joy does not take anything from you, and requires no special conditions or obligations. Let joy flow out from you, and see how it lifts everything it touches.

Joy is a gift that keeps on giving. Welcome it with open arms and a grateful heart.

Joy opens your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Joy connects you to people, places, things and situations that can bring to life great value.

Joy is yours when you choose it. Choose to let joy flavor this day, and experience the positive power of joy in every moment.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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