Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-8-2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Today's Gift

We do not have to get caught in the middle of other people's issues. -- Melody Beattie

Learning to respect boundaries, our own and other people's, eliminates much of the stress that hinders relationships. Accepting the behavior and the opinions of our friends as legitimate for them allows our relationships to teach us tolerance and patience and love. Our journey on this planet is not about "fixing" or controlling others, but about loving them wholly, just as we want to be loved.

We need other people. Our humanity is enhanced by our mutual experiences. But we also need to let others learn from their mistakes and their own experiences, rather than to help them avoid what they need for their growth. We hate to see our friends in pain. Our compassion is triggered when trouble trips them. But their journey must be inviolate. We'll only prolong their struggle by intervening where we aren't needed.

It's hard to back away when a friend is in trouble. But telling a friend you love and support him or her may give them the strength they need.

From the book A Woman's Spirit by Karen Casey. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Caring is everything; nothing matters but caring. --Baron Friedrich Von Hugel

The caring we receive from someone we love when we're sick can heal us just as much as the medicine we take. For children, Mom is usually the one who makes sure we get enough rest by having us stay in bed. By bringing us juice and aspirins she helps us keep our fevers down. She also lifts our spirits when she tells us a funny story.

Perhaps the next time a loved one is sick we can do the special and caring things. We can bring a favorite magazine or a cold glass of water, tell a joke, or just sit and be there for a while. Whether the sick person is a parent or a brother or sister, when we help care for another, we complete a circle of caring begun by a parent so long ago.

Action for the Day: I will be there if someone needs my care today.

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

One Day At A Time

Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people’s shortcomings and viewpoints
and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others.
Our very lives depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help 
meet their needs.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 19 - 20

Thought to Ponder . . .
Love and tolerance of others is our code.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P U T = P
ractice Using Tolerance

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

It comes back
by Ralph Marston

Lift up someone’s spirit today, and it will lift your own. Provide other people with value today, and you will increase your wealth. Spend a little while teaching someone, and you will learn something new.

Praise the work of another today, and you will be admired. Send out your love and love will come to you. Offer encouragement to those around you, and you’ll be more encouraged. Help others to enjoy the sunlight, and it will shine more brightly on you.

Comfort those who suffer, and your own pain will be eased. Expect the best of others, and they’ll see the best in you. Offer your support to the world, and the world will champion your cause. Live with passion and purpose, and the best things in life will find their way to you.

Today you can have, you can be, you can do whatever you’re willing to give of yourself.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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