Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 6-13-2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Today's Gift

Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split one boulder. —Carl Sandburg

There is a fable about the sun and wind having a contest to see who can get the old man to take his coat off first. The wind blows fiercely, but the old man just pulls his coat tighter around him. Finally, the wind gives up and the sun comes out. The sun shines a steady warm light down on the old man, who soon takes his coat off.

More and better things are accomplished in this world by kindness and gentleness than by force. When we find ourselves most frustrated, it is often because we are trying to force certain things to happen. Our own patient and steady desire to grow, fed by the love and kindness of others, will not be stopped by anything or anyone. Our own gentleness is a powerful force in our lives. It is like the gentle bush that grows through granite.

What can I gain by gentleness today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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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

Everyday . . . life confronts us with new problems to be solved which force us to adjust our old programs accordingly. --Dr. Ann Faraday

Facing the day straight on is occasionally difficult to do. There are those days we feel like crawling under the covers and staying there, certain that we can't handle whatever might be asked of us. Maybe today is one of those days. Perhaps we feel 12 years old, instead of 42. To consciously behave like a responsible 42-year-old is out of the question. Acting "as if" is the next best thing, the program tells us, and it is.

Acting "as if" also comes in handy when only a minor kink interferes with the day's progression. Most problems don't fit an easy solution or a familiar one. However, most problems are dispensed with by seeing them as opportunities for creative response, calmly seeking guidance and then moving ahead slowly, being aware of the effects of our actions.

Action for the Day: Today, and every day, I will have an opportunity to think creatively and to rely on my inner guide. Instead of dreading the unfamiliar, I will be glad for it. It's moving me ever closer to understanding life's mysteries.

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

One Day At A Time

Absolutely Necessary
When our friend related their experience, they agreed that no amount of will power
they might muster could stop their drinking for long. A spiritual experience, they conceded,
was absolutely necessary, but the price seemed high upon the basis suggested. They told
how they lived in constant worry about those who might find out about their alcoholism.
They had, of course, the familiar alcoholic obsession that few knew of their drinking.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 155

Thought to Ponder . . .
Humility comes before honor.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = A
ccountable Actions

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

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Give life your love
by Ralph Marston

You don’t have to know everything that’s happening right now. You don’t have to fix everything that’s broken right now.

Your purpose is not served by reacting to every little twist and turn of events. Your purpose is served by taking the time to love, to learn, to know, to care, deeply and confidently.

Urgent matters of this moment are immediately replaced by urgent matters of the next moment. Eventually you realize not one of those breathlessly urgent matters, really matters.

Let peace fill you, and with that sense of peace, step away from the chatter. Though you hear the sounds, see the glitter, feel the tension, none of it has to get to you.

Life is better to you when you are patient with it. And patience is always possible for you, no matter what the rest of the world is doing.

What matters is love. Call upon your patience, your kindness, your purpose and give your life love.

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

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