Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-22-2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Today's Gift

When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make lemonade. —Dale Carnegie

Good fortune is built on misfortune. By losing a race we learn what mistakes to avoid next time we run. A burglar may make us install the lock that will keep out a murderer. Each time a toddler falls is a lesson in how to walk.

We can never assume that, because things are not going the way we want, they are not following a better plan. The Universe is a better manager than we can hope to be. If things aren't shaping up the way we like, let's wait with curiosity to see that better things are in store for us. Let's look for lights in the darkness and follow them to the bright day that always will follow. We will remember our lessons of misfortune with gratitude.

What can I learn from delay today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body. -- Margaret Fuller

No matter how full our social and professional lives are we all need a base, a place where we are at home. Whether it's a studio apartment furnished from secondhand stores and garage sales or a luxurious country retreat, one of our basic human urges is the need to make a home. And our spiritual fulfillment asks that our home nourish us.

Look around: in our choices for our home we reveal what nourishes and inspires us. Perhaps we opt for the comfortable and well-used: old books, chairs that speak more to the back and bottom than to the eye. Perhaps we are restless and change the way our homes look frequently. We all use our homes to express our desires.

Are we neglecting "food and fire for the mind"? Sometimes we misinterpret inertia as comfort. Are we giving our minds a wholesome environment?

Action for the Day: Fuel for my spirit is never wholly consumed. Today, I will look to my supply.

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

One Day At A Time

And the facts seem to be these: The more we become willing to depend
upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are.
Therefore dependence, as A.A. practices it,
is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 36

Thought to Ponder . . .
If faith without works is dead;
then willingness without action is fantasy.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = H
onesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Make good use
by Ralph Marston

Your muscles quickly weaken if they are not exercised. So do your hopes, your dreams, your values, intentions, possibilities.

You are blessed with knowledge, abilities, resources, connections, experience and unique purpose. Continue to put all that to good use, or the strength and resources you have will soon begin to wither.

Gratitude enables new abundance to stream into your life. The highest, most powerful form of gratitude is making good use of what you have.

Make good use, and your strengths grow stronger, your resources gain value. Make good use, and you can even transform shortcomings into advantages.

Value that is hoarded, hidden away, forgotten, loses its value. Value that is put to use, gives birth to new value.

Make good use of the good things in life. And you’ll make them even better.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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