Friday, May 5, 2017

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

Friday, May 5, 2017
Today's Gift

. . . it is a peaceful thing to be one succeeding. —Gertrude Stein

Success is at hand. While we read these words, we are experiencing it. At this very instant, our commitment to our self is a sign of success, and we feel peace each time we let go of our struggle, turning to another for help, for direction. Because we strive only for perfection, we recognize nothing less; we block our awareness of the ordinary successes that are ours again and again. Thus, the serenity eludes us. But we are succeeding. Every day that we are alive, we succeed.

We can think of the times - perhaps only yesterday - when we listened to a friend in need, or finished a task that was nagging at us. Maybe we made an appointment to begin a project we've been putting off. Success is taking positive action, nothing more.

Many of us, in our youth, were taught that success only came in certain shapes and sizes. And we felt like failures. We need new definitions; it's time to discard the old. Luckily for us, life offers us new ones.

Every person, every situation, can add to my success today. My attitude can help someone else succeed, too.

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

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Living itself, (is] a task of such immediacy, variety, beauty, and excitement that one is powerless to resist its wild embrace. --E. B. White

Our First Step in this program introduces us to a radical idea -- that accepting our powerlessness is beneficial. Yielding to life's embrace takes us in wonderful directions. The experience of meeting this still unformed day, defining how we will live today, making contact with our Higher Power, accepting the variety and the beauty that is here for us -- far exceeds our individual power. Yet in surrendering to life as it unfolds, we find ourselves on an adventure. This is like reading a good story or unraveling an exciting mystery.

Anyone, whether he has our affliction or not, who tries to take control of what cannot be controlled, brings trouble to himself. Today let us engage with life.

Action for the Day: I will accept both the embrace and the insecurity of not being in charge.

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

One Day At A Time

The idea that somehow, someday they will control and enjoy their drinking is the great
obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing.
Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 30

Thought to Ponder . . .
When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
I S M = I
Sabotage Myself

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Your remarkable potential
by Ralph Marston

Don’t let negativity win the moment. Don’t let negativity win the day.

Life is too valuable to spend it in despair, destruction, deception. The positive possibilities are too important to let them languish unrealized.

Recommit yourself right now to all you love, all you care so much about. Choose to focus your actions, your energy, on furthering life’s goodness.

The superficial, sparkling trinkets of depravity and indolence can be enticing. Yet they are heartbreakingly empty, and have no place in your beautiful life.

You are destined for, capable, and worthy of so much more. You have value, substance, beauty, meaning to create, and dreams to bring to life.

Challenge yourself to live up to your remarkable potential, every day. Your life is worth every good thing you work to put into it.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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