Friday, June 2, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-2-2017

Friday, June 2, 2017
Today's Gift

The ego is a self-justifying historian, which seeks only that information that agrees with it, rewrites history when it needs to, and does not even see the evidence that threatens it. --Anthony G. Greenwald

One of the larger struggles facing us is relinquishing, the need to be right always. Only when we've given up the struggle do we understand that the battle is finally won. We come to see nonresistance as the quintessence of the power play. However, our need to be right is the point of real concern, and in order to let go of this need, clarity regarding the human condition is in order.

Few of us are sure of our worth, our necessity to the better functioning of the human universe. We falter and fear our mistakes, certain that they will enlighten our fellow travelers about our inadequacies. And so we bully others, covertly or with great poise, into accepting our viewpoints. We believe that ideas shared by others are more valuable, and thus our own value is assured. No one is served by the exercises in truth.

Might the time finally come when I will understand that my individual existence is all the proof I need that I am right - without the struggle? I can practice this belief today.

From the book The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

I have come to realize that all my trouble with living has come from fear and smallness within me. --Angela L. Wozniak

We create problems for ourselves because we think we need to be more than we are. We fear that we are inadequate to the task before us, fear that another person is more attractive, fear that the friends around us are bored by our presence.

Fear hinders us; it prevents full involvement with the experiences we are given to grow on. When we withdraw from a situation in order to save ourselves from failure, we have chosen instead another kind of failure: failure to take all we can from life; failure to be all that we can be. Every experience can move us forward in the understanding of ourselves. When we withdraw, we stay stuck in a world we need to leave behind.

Action for the Day: I will not fear whatever looks like trouble today. Nothing I can't handle, in fact, nothing I can't grow from will come my way today. My inner strength can see me through.

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

One Day At A Time

The Truth
Hence it was most evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of
our defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be nearly enough. We'd have to have
outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves——the
help of our Higher Power and another human being.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 59

Thought to Ponder . . .
I can’t fix something if I don’t know what’s wrong.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
ccountable Actions

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Instead of worrying
by Ralph Marston

Whenever you worry about something you give it life, energy and influence over your world. The more you worry about what you do not want, the more likely and possible you make it.

Imagine what would happen, though, if every thought of worry were replaced with a positive, creative thought or action. Instead of giving power to your worst fears, you could be giving life to your best possibilities.

Certainly there are plenty of things about which you can be justifiably worried. Yet even so, there is nothing to be gained by spending time and energy on worry.

Your thoughts have power and influence, whether they are negative or positive. The more positively they are focused, the more surely will your thoughts lead you forward.

You can choose to redirect the intensely negative energy of your worries into positive, productive actions. Instead of worrying about what you don’t want, put your time and energy into creating what you do want. Though there is much that you can worry about, there is also much that you can achieve. Where you put the energy of your thoughts and actions is up to you.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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