Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-1-2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Today's Gift

I’m trying to be direct. If I lack directness then I only have myself to blame because I lack the skills to make my point clear. --Henry Rollins

We feel safe around direct, honest people. They speak their minds, and we know where we stand with them.

Indirect people, people who are afraid to say who they are, what they want, and what they're feeling, cannot be trusted. They will somehow act out their truth even though they do not speak it. And it may catch everyone by surprise.

Directness saves time and energy. It removes us as victims. It dispenses with martyrdom and games. It helps us own our power. It creates respectful relationships.

It feels safe to be around direct, honest people. Be one.

Today, I will own my power to be direct. I do not have to be passive, nor do I need to be aggressive. I will become comfortable with my own truth, so those around me can become comfortable with me.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Being selective in choosing activities, in choosing friends, in choosing material possessions fosters unexpected appreciation. Too much of any one thing negates whatever specialness might have been realized. If we surround ourselves with acquaintances, we never fully share in knowing a few people well. If we surround ourselves with "toys," we never learn how we really want to spend our time.

When we don't take life slowly, piece by piece (one shell at a time), we avoid the greatest discovery of all, the person within. When our attention to persons, places, things is deliberate and steady, the beauty within the object of our focus shines forth, and we, too, are made more beautiful in the process.

Action for the Day: Today, I will take time to smell the flowers.

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

One Day At A Time


Let’s look at Steps Eight and Nine. We have a list of all persons we have harmed
and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory.
We subjected ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal. Now we go out to our fellows
and repair the damage done in the past.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 39

Thought to Ponder . . .

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
F E A R = F
ace Everything And Recover

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Turn it around
by Ralph Marston

When some part of life disappoints you, turn it around. Turn your disappointment into determination.

If your effort is not moving you in the desired direction, turn it around. Learn from what has not worked, and gain new insight on what will work.

Any time someone is rude, unpleasant to you, turn it around. Be the stronger one who puts respect, consideration, tolerance, politeness into the situation.

Where there is confusion, disarray, ambiguity, turn it around. By adding focus and positive direction, you can add great value.

There is much energy in every person, place, situation, idea you encounter. And there is always much you can do to point that energy toward a beneficial outcome.

Instead of complaining or running away from a negative situation, or making it into an excuse, take the better option. Turn it around.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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