Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-28-2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Today's Gift

Not every person is your enemy, not every person is your friend, but every person is your teacher. --Unknown

We can open ourselves to opportunities today. They abound in our lives. No circumstance we find ourselves in is detrimental to our progress. No relationship with someone at work or at home is superfluous to our development. Teachers are everywhere. And as we become ready for a new lesson, one will appear.

We can marvel at the wonder of our lives today. We can reflect on our yesterdays and be grateful for the lessons they taught. We can look with hopeful anticipation at the days ahead - gifts, all of them. We are on a special journey, serving a special purpose, uniquely our own. No barrier, no difficult person, no tumultuous time is designed to interrupt our progress. All experiences are simply to teach us what we have yet to learn.

Trusting in the goodness of all people, all situations, all paths to progress will release whatever our fears, freeing us to go forth with a quicker step and an assurance that eases all moments.

I am a student of life. I can learn only if I open my mind to my teachers.

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

Keep It Simple

It's the deepest channel that runs most true. --Kate Wolf

The greatest rivers spread themselves out wide and lazy over the earth. They roll over on themselves like great turtles turning in the warm sun. A river flows, drawn to the oceans, carving ever-deepening channels, nestling snug in the earth's welcoming lap. The current is strongest in the deepest channel. Boat navigators know that finding that channel means finding the swiftest current and the safest voyage home.

When we look at a river, or at another person, we see only the surface. What keeps our attention is usually some movement or activity on the surface. But there is more than meets the eye, especially to people. When we overlook someone because that person is quiet or simple, we may be robbing ourselves of an eye-opening discovery.

Today's Action: I will look for deeper things in my day. 

One Day At A Time

The Bright Spot
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others,
to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host
of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it.
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89

Thought to Ponder . . .
Get it - Give it - Grow in it.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A L C O H O L I C S = A Life Centered On Helping Others Live In Complete Sobriety

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Get past yourself
by Ralph Marston

If you feel stuck, you’re probably too focused on yourself. Step back, let go, widen your awareness.

From a self-centered perspective, your problems can seem so massive as to be overwhelming. Expand your perspective, and the problems begin to look more like opportunities.

Surrounding you is a whole universe of possibilities, energy, resources, goodness and beauty. Turn your attention outward and vastly expand your options.

When you make everything about you, that limits you and keeps you frozen in place. It drains your energy and creates unnecessary conflict.

Choose instead to mentally step a little bit beyond yourself, beyond your own concerns. Discover how energizing and liberating it can be.

One of the most powerful things you can do for yourself is to get past your concerns about yourself. Let go, focus your awareness on all of life, and replace those limited concerns with grand achievements.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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