Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-3-2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Today's Gift

Be yourself. Who else is better qualified? --Frank J. Giblin, II

Almost every magazine devotes its cover to movie stars and famous personalities. We are taught that we need to look like the most attractive and glamorous people. We need to wear what they wear, eat what they eat, and fix our hair like theirs. The message we are given is: Don't be yourself, be like someone else.

There will always be someone who looks better than we do, has more money, scores better on tests, or has more creative skills. If we're always trying to mimic other people, we won't be looking at ourselves. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it keeps us from being ourselves.

We need to stop focusing on what others have that we don't have. We need to look inward at our good qualities as well as our imperfections. We need to see who we are by being ourselves. Life is not made up of people who are good and bad, happy and sad, rich and poor, beautiful and ugly. Life is made up of people being themselves.

I will start to be myself. Help me show others the real me, not an imitation.

From the book Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 
Night Light by Amy E Dean.jpg

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent. --Erica Jong

How easy it is to look at others with envy, certain that everyone we know is better in every way: school, sports, games, appearance. What we may not know is that each of us is exactly right the way we are. And what's more, no one of us is without talent. Perhaps we simply have not discovered it yet, or maybe we've been certain we knew what the talent should be, rather than letting the talent within us emerge.

It's reassuring to know that we are talented, that we are special just as we are, that no one else is able to bring to this life exactly the same ingredients that we're able to bring.

Action for the Day: What special talent shall I exercise today?

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

One Day At A Time

Review Our Day
When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better?. . .
After making our review we ask our Higher Power’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 86

Thought to Ponder . . .
I want the gift of an untroubled mind.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A G O = A
nother Growth Opportunity

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Highly effective
by Ralph Marston

You are highly effective when you choose to be. Today, choose to be.

You are unstoppable when you know your efforts will make a meaningful difference. Today, keep yourself, your thoughts, your actions focused on what matters.

Life can wear you down, drain your hope, make you cynical and dejected. Yet you can quickly rise above all that when you decide to deploy yourself on a positive mission.

Your skills, knowledge, passion and experience are too valuable to waste. Life is pleading with you today to make a positive difference.

So go ahead, answer the call. Instead of blaming, complaining or sinking into despair, take action right now, where you are, with what you have, to make things better.

Feel the great satisfaction of putting your effectiveness to use to benefit your world. You can do anything when it matters enough, and today, it matters.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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