Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-13-2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Today's Gift

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice. —William James

There are times when it's hard to make a decision. When we go to the fair, for instance, we may want to do more things than we have time for, so we don't know what plans to make. Waiting to decide until we see what the fair has to offer is one choice. Not deciding because we're afraid of what may happen is also a choice. We may find ourselves thinking so much about what could happen that we miss all the exciting things going on around us.

It's necessary to keep in mind that any course of action is a decision, but no decision is irreversible. We are free to do what we decide, and are freed by the awareness that whatever we do is based on our own decision and no one else's.

What important decisions shall I make without fear 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

If I were to begin life again, I should want it as it was. I would only open my eyes a little more. --Jules Renard

Spiritual and emotional growth is a process of raising our awareness. Reflecting on our growth, before this program and after, we see different levels of consciousness. Some of us might say we weren't at all conscious of what it meant to be a man by the time we entered the adult world.

Now we are forming an awareness of personhood. We see ourselves more as recovering, caring, strong, vulnerable people in relationships with others. We have an increased sense that our actions make a difference as siblings, as parents, as spouses, lovers, and friends. Our increased understanding of ourselves makes it possible to fulfill our potentials for growth. It is not idle fantasy to imagine beginning life again because, in a sense, we have. In recovery, it seems we have begun life again, only with our eyes a little more open.

Action for the Day: I will live this day with all of my awareness.

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

One Day At A Time

Prayer and Meditation
Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense
of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world.
We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless.
- Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 105

Thought to Ponder . . .
Trying to pray is praying.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
P U S H = P
ray Until Something Happens

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Missed opportunities
by Ralph Marston

Let go of your regret about missing that opportunity. Clamp your focus now onto seizing this opportunity.

In wistful hindsight, missed opportunities can look like they would have turned out well. Yet obsessing over them will do precisely nothing good for you.

You have the chance now for something even better. You have the chance now to act on opportunity and to eliminate future regret.

Learn a valuable lesson from your own experience. Apply that lesson, put it into action, now.

Stop the empty wishing that you had done something about it then. Put your time, focus, energy into doing great things with the opportunity of now.

Decide that this is an opportunity you will not miss. And it will be the best one yet.

— Ralph Marston

From The Daily Motivator website at

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