Monday, June 5, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-5-2017

Monday, June 5, 2017
Today's Gift

Experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first, the lesson afterward. --Vernon Law

Don't miss out on today's learning experiences.

They won't come again. We will never have another day exactly like today, so let's take advantage of the lessons we're offered.

We don't like to make mistakes, and we don't like to be in situations that are fraught with stress, but mistakes and distress seem to go along with being human and alive. Both can be turned into sound learning experiences.

We don't learn if we try to deny or ignore the situation we don't like or don't handle well. How much better if we can accept the difficulty, see how we have contributed to it, and arrive at a positive course of action. And how often it helps to talk about the problem with someone else instead of pridefully insisting on muddling through alone. Very likely, we will discover that today's richest learning experiences are those we share with others.

I will accept the lessons today offers and share them with someone else so that we both can grow.

From the book Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Life is only this place, this time, and these people right here and now.---Vincent Collins

Staying in the present can be hard. This busy world pulls our focus from the present. We often wonder if the future will bring good times or bad times.

Life is right before us. Look around. Life is happening---now! The more we live in the moment, the better we feel. Why? Because we can do something about the present. We can't do anything about the future. We have choices in the present, and we can do something with our lives. Addiction ran our lives before. Now with the help of others and our Higher Power, we run our lives again. This give us peace of mind.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, thank-you for giving back my life. Teach me how to run my life. Have me seek others when I need help. It's okay to ask for it.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll list five things I do well. Then I'll list three things I don't do well. I'll think of people who can help me, and I'll call them.

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

One Day At A Time

But in other instances only the closest scrutiny will reveal what our true motives were.
There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong.
The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn't.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions,, p. 94

Thought to Ponder . . .
Wisdom is knowing the right path to take; integrity is taking it.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S O L U T I O N S = S
aving Our Lives Using The Inventory Of Needed Steps

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Power of response
by Ralph Marston

You cannot always choose your circumstances, or the events that unfold in your world. Yet in every case what you can choose, must choose, always do choose, is your response.

Today you’ll have multiple opportunities to make that choice. Multiple opportunities to steer life in one direction or another.

If they’re scattered, inconsistent, and without much purpose, your responses are largely wasted. When they’re focused, intentional, positive, those responses will band together and enable great achievement.

Every response matters, because it is part of the overall pattern. Every response matters, because it sets the tone for the next response.

Right now, set before yourself the intention, the commitment to follow a specific positive purpose. Right now, decide to focus all your responses in the direction of that purpose.

You have great power, and it comes to you throughout the day as you respond to whatever life presents. Choose to use that power, in a caring, loving, meaningful way, with each and every response.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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