Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Today's Gift

Words and magic were, in the beginning, one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power. —Sigmund Freud

We shape our experiences with the words we use to describe them. Word images create expectations and we naturally move toward them. When a person says, "I can't!" they are commanding their unconscious self to be helpless. When they have a picture in their mind of moving toward their goal, they may say, "It's hard, but I'm going to give it my best effort." If, every time they make a mistake, they mutter berating statements to them self like, "You idiot! You can't do anything right," they are teaching their self to be inadequate.

It's our responsibility in life to use respectful, honest, health-giving words. We can no longer use defeating, shaming, or derogatory words. Our language has a hypnotic effect on us and the people around us. So let's look at our resources today and name them. Let's meet our difficulties with our strength, our patience, and the backing of our Higher Power.

Today, I will call forth images and use words to show I respect myself and others.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

From early infancy onward we all incorporate into our lives the message we receive concerning our self-worth, or lack of self-worth, and this sense of value is to be found beneath our actions and feelings as a tangled network of self-perception. --Christina Baldwin

Lifting our self-esteem is not a particularly easy task for most of us. It's probable that again and again our confidence wavered before we sought help from the program. It's also probable that our confidence still wanes on occasion. The old fears don't disappear without effort.

But each day we can do some one thing that will help us to feel better about ourselves. All it takes is one small act or decision, each day. The program can give us the strength we need each day to move forward one step.

Action for the Day: Today, I will do one thing I've been putting off. A whole collection of "one days" will lay the groundwork for the person I'm building within.

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

One Day At A Time

As the day goes on, we can pause where situations must be met and decisions made,
and renew the simple request: “Thy will, not mine, be done.” If at these points our emotional
disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember,  and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, pp. 102 - 103

Thought to Ponder . . .
The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = K
eep It Simple; Surrender

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Create possibilities
by Ralph Marston

Don’t be weighed down by judgments about what’s possible, impossible, practical, popular. Focus first on what’s desirable, good, fulfilling, then make it possible, make it happen.

Let go of assumptions about how talented you are at doing this or how clueless you are when doing that. Allow your heart to lead you forward, discovering new levels of skill and competence as you move through each challenge.

Work the process, always guided by the purpose. Give attention to every detail, and don’t ever let those details obscure the reason why.

Achievement is a manifestation of how much you care. Where there is meaning, purpose, genuine desire, there is energy for all the necessary effort.

Do what you do in support of all you love. Live your values, your dreams, your highest desires in the work of each moment.

Let your purpose create magnificent possibilities. Live your days bringing those possibilities to life.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

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