Monday, May 8, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-8-2017

Monday, May 8, 2017
Today's Gift

The battle to keep up appearances unnecessarily, the mask--whatever name you give creeping perfectionism--robs us of our energies. —Robin Worthington

How familiar we are with trying to be people other than ourselves; ones more exciting, we think, or better looking, or smarter. We have probably devoted a great deal of energy to this over the years. It's likely that we are growing more content with ourselves now. However, aren't there still situations in which we squirm, both because we want to project a different image, and because we resent our desire to do so?

We all have been blessed with unique qualities. There is no other person just like ourselves. We each have special features that are projected in only one way, the way we alone project them.

Knowing that we are perfect as we are is knowledge that accompanies growth. How much easier life is, how much more can be gained from each moment, when we meet each experience in the comfort of our real selves. The added gift of simply being ourselves is that we'll really hear, see, and understand others for the first time in our lives.

I can only fully focus on one thing, one person at a time. I will free my focus from myself today and be filled up by my experiences with others.

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

The only way to speak truth is to speak lovingly.---Thoreau

Recovery teaches us to tell the truth. We must be honest if we want to save our lives. We must learn to speak with care---care for ourselves and for others. To be honest means to speak in a fair and truthful way. To be honest and loving means learning when to speak, and how to speak, in a caring way. We can help others by honestly telling them what we think and feel and see---but only when we do this with love. We must be careful when we speak. Speaking the truth is like using a sharp knife---it can be used for good, or it can be used to hurt others. We should never handle it carelessly of use it to hurt someone.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me know the truth. Help me speak the truth to others with love.

Action for the Day: I'll make a list of three times I've hurt someone be being honest, but not with love. I'll also list three times I've helped someone by being truthful, with love.

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

One Day At A Time

But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in
the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. When, therefore,
we were approached by those in whom the problem had been solved, there was
nothing left for us but to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25

Thought to Ponder . . .
Faith makes the impossible possible.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F A I T H = F
acing An Inner Truth Heals

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

You are still you
by Ralph Marston

Because you are aware of your awareness, you can transcend it. Not only can you see what is here and now, you can visualize the best of what can be.

If you were limited to merely reacting to events, you would be a prisoner of your circumstances. But you are not any such thing.

For you are blessed with the ability to step back from even the most intense situations. You can hold and nurture within you a vision that transcends the outer reality of any moment.

Keep that in mind the next time you become frustrated by life’s ups and downs. There is a very real and powerful part of you that exists above and beyond every frustration, setback and disappointment.

By all means live and enjoy and experience life in the universe that surrounds you. At the same time, stay connected to that essential part of you that exists independent of the outside influences.

Whatever happens or fails to happen, you are still you at the deepest, most profound level. Remember that, and you’ll find renewed confidence to step boldly forward no matter what.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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