Monday, June 26, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-26-2017

Monday, June 26, 2017
Today's Gift

I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches. --Alice Roosevelt Longworth

All too often, we complicate our lives. We can wonder and worry our way into confusion; obsession or preoccupation it's often called. "What if?" "Will he?" "Should I?" "What do you think?" We seldom stop trying to figure out what to do, where to do it, how to meet a challenge, until someone reminds us to "keep it simple."

What we each discover, again and again, is that the solution to any problem becomes apparent when we stop searching for it. The guidance we need for handling any difficulty, great or small, can only come into focus when we remove the barriers to it, and the greatest barrier is our frantic effort to personally solve the problem. We clutter our minds; we pray for an answer and yet don't become quiet enough, for long enough, to become aware of the direction to go, or the steps to take. And they are always there.

Inherent in every problem or challenge is its solution. Our greatest lesson in life may be to keep it simple, to know that no problem stands in our way because no solution eludes a quiet, expectant mind.

I have opportunities every day to still my mind. And the messages I need will come quietly. My answers are within me, now.

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

Walk In Dry Places

Let it Happen

Easy Does it.

Student pilots learn a simple method for getting an airplane out of a stall; Release the stick forward, and the airplane rights itself. Continue to hold the stick back, and you cause a fatal spin.

Many times, we cling too tightly to conditions that could simply right themselves if we would only let go. Situations often work themselves out when we stop pushing and pulling too hard.

If we're living on a spiritual basis and following our 12 Step program, lots of unpleasant conditions will clear up without any strain or struggle on our part. The secret, then, is to do our part and act prudently, but also to be willing to let things happen.

Action for the Day: I'll remember today not to push or pull too hard to get my way. Things might work themselves out if I simply let natural forces work properly in every situation.

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

One Day At A Time

At Once Followed
Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little
permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face,
and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us.
Our addiction was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64

Thought to Ponder . . .
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

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

Energized by the challenges
by Ralph Marston

When everything seems to be going wrong, remember this. Your problems do not define you, and your circumstances do not control you.

Yes, the situation is serious. And yes, you can rise above it.

You can choose a positive intention, and you can choose to act on it. You can rid your mind of doubt, of fear, and do your work with courage and commitment.

The negativity of the moment intimidates you only if you let it. Remind yourself always, you don’t have to let it.

Focus instead on whatever you can do to make a positive difference. Start small, achieve a minor victory, and keep going, keep building on it.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the problems, yet you always have another choice. Decide instead to be energized by the challenges, and activate your ability to transform that energy into achievement.

Offer yourself and the whole world a great big smile for all the positive possibilities. And make those possibilities real by giving them your energy and action.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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