Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-9-2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Today's Gift

Planning is deciding what to change today so tomorrow will be different from yesterday. —Ichak Adizes

A house is like a lump of clay that can be molded and changed. It can be fixed and shaped, torn down and added to, painted, papered, carpeted, and panelled. We can think about how to change it, find pictures in books, and order plans. We can stock up on supplies, take fix-it classes, and get advice from others. But the house will remain unchanged until we pick up a brush, grab a bucket of paint, and get to work. Only then will we see tomorrow the results of what we did today.

Our plans help us construct a vision of how we'd like the future to be, but only actions will bring these things about. With confidence in the rightness of our desires, we can be assured that the Universe never gives us a dream we can't reach.

What action can I take today to make tomorrow's changes?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life, and this is a softness that ends in bitterness. --Flannery O'Connor

Having too high expectations is a set-up for disappointment. Expectations that are high lend themselves to a fantasy life, and reality can never match our fantasies. When we get hooked on the fantasies, somehow thinking they are reality, or should be reality, we are vulnerable to the hurt that accompanies the emergence of "the real." Then we feel cheated--bitter: "Why did this have to happen to me?"

Having too high expectations was a familiar feeling before recovery. And it remains familiar to us, even now. Dreams and aspirations aren't wrong. In fact, they beckon us on to better and greater things. But dreams of what we can become through responsible choices are quite different from idle expectations of what will or should be.

Action for the Day: Every moment of every day opens the way to my aspirations that enhance reality. I will be open and receptive to reality and its gifts.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
One Day At A Time

We Meet Frequently
There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been
overcome among us. In one western city and its environs there are
one thousand of us and our families. We meet frequently so that
newcomers may find the fellowship they seek.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 15 - 16

Thought to Ponder . . .
Together we can do what we could never do alone.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H E A R T = H
ealing, Enjoying, And Recovering Together

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Filled with opportunities
by Ralph Marston

hat if the things you thought would hold you back actually were to provide you with new ways to move forward? What if within your greatest annoyances you could find your greatest effectiveness?

Instead of fighting against the perceived obstacles, take a closer look at them. Somewhere within each obstacle is a pathway for moving forward.

Consider that it’s not the obstacle itself that’s stopping you. What’s stopping you is your assumption that you can be stopped.

Yet you can change that assumption. You can choose to find a successful way through the situation, whatever it may be.

The various challenges that come your way can be quite intimidating. Yet when you let go of the intimidation, you’ll see that those very same challenges are filled with opportunities.

Embrace those obstacles, embrace those challenges. For they are essential components of your eventual achievement.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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