Friday, May 26, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-26-2017

Friday, May 26, 2017
Today's Gift

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single person contemplates it, bearing within them the image of a cathedral. —Antoine de Saint Exupery

Images cost nothing and can be so enriching. Every person has some form of rock pile in their life. One has a problem within a relationship, another is burdened with the daily routine of living, someone else has a perplexing job, and another has too much time on their hands.

We can open ourselves to images of what might be. Let us dream of other possibilities. We know it takes many years to build a cathedral, but each cathedral began as an image in someone's mind. What would we like to grow toward in our relationships? What can we do within ourselves today to carry us in that direction? Do we envision ourselves as successful in our work? What small steps will carry us toward the visions we cherish?

Today, I am grateful for my imagination. I will be open to having faith in possibilities. 

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn, to reconceive ourselves as individuals, to choose the kind of change that will help us to grow and to fulfill ourselves more completely. --Nena O'Neill

Before choosing to recover, most of us lived through crisis after crisis. Many days we sought the oblivion of alcohol and drugs rather than face fears that ate away at us. It probably wasn't possible for most of us to realize that a crisis was a tool for growth.

Even today, even in our recovery program, even though the clouds are clearing and we are feeling better about ourselves, a crisis may overwhelm us for a time. We do find help for it, though. We can breathe deeply, look to our higher power, listen for the messages that are coming through from our friends. And we can choose among the many options for the right action to take at this time.

Life is a series of lessons. Crises can be seen as the homework. They aren't there to defeat us but to help us grow--to graduate us into the next stage of life.

Action for the Day: Today, I will look for my lessons and feel exhilarated by the growth that is guaranteed.

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

One Day At A Time

A Reminder
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 . . .
The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = F
ound Always In Trusting Him/Her

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Seamless connection
by Ralph Marston

The moment you have the intention is the moment to start acting on it. Give power, commitment, persistence to your intention by giving it immediate effort.

As soon as you decide to achieve, set that achievement in motion. Prove to yourself you’re serious, and earn yourself some serious momentum, right away.

That moment when you set your intention, your passion is running at full throttle. Your sense of purpose is focused as sharp as a laser beam on the goal.

Make the most of that moment. Use it to lock yourself into action, to empower that action with deep, sustained meaning.

Achievement happens because you make it happen. Avoid delay, avoid regret, jump right into the effort, then keep it going.

Create a seamless connection between the decision and the action. That’s what transforms intention into achievement.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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