Monday, July 10, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-10-2017

Monday, July 10, 2017
Today's Gift

What a one thinks of themselves, that is which determines, or rather indicates, their fate. —Henry David Thoreau

Let us think of ourselves as made of dust, and allow us to be as proud of it as if it were true. For dust is everywhere. We see it in solemn rooms streaked by sun, dancing like fine angels in a cathedral light. It is the stuff of life. And it drifts down on fancy tables where the richest people eat. It cannot be denied a place. And it returns time and a time again like the seasons. It is one of the wonders of the world. And when no one sees or cares, it finds a secret corner in which to keep a solitary peace. It intends no harm. We find it at home on old leather books, the ones that preserve our noblest thoughts.

And from where we stand, it seems that even the stars are made of it. When we feel low, unworthy, or useless, let's remember that these feelings are only a small but important part of us, that even great things are made of small parts, and that we, as whole beings, are always greater than the sum of these parts.

What feelings am I made of today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

As we think, so we become.

We can enrich our interior monologue. We can seek the company of people who inspire us with a loving approach to life. We can absorb the written thoughts of writers who encourage our positive emotions. We can decide to be cheerful and optimistic, just for today.

Whom would you rather be around - someone who chronically complains and talks about what a mess everything is, or someone who finds joy and delight in watching the antics of two squirrels in a tree? You are your constant companion. Your own company can be a pleasure or a drag, depending on the thoughts and feelings you permit to linger in your consciousness.

We take Steps Four and Five in order to sort out our thoughts, getting rid of those that depress our spirit. In Step Ten, we continue a daily mental housecleaning so that residues of resentment and discouragement are not allowed to accumulate. Then we go on to Step Eleven for an infusion of the kind of thinking that nurtures the person we want to become.

Action for the Day: Today, I will exercise my freedom of thought.

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

One Day At A Time

Daily Inventory
In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved,
a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when
the fault is elsewhere. We need not be discouraged when we fall into the error of our old
ways, for these disciplines are not easy. We shall look for progress, not for perfection.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p 86

Thought to Ponder
Inventory-taking is not always done in red ink.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A B C = A
ction, Belief, Continue

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Just because you can
by Ralph Marston

Bring your beauty to this day. Give your goodness to this life.

Now is filled with everything there is. And it is more than you could ever imagine.

Experience the miracle of awareness. Live and do and love and know, just because you can.

From here, you can go anywhere. Choose the direction that you know is yours.

To be here in this moment, to be present in this place, is indeed a wonder of wonders. The possibilities are all intensely real, and you are even now bringing some of the best ones to life.

Quiet your thoughts, release your limitations, and feel the pure energy of life. Truly understand where you come from, who you are, and the magnificent things you can do.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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