Monday, July 17, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-17-2017

Monday, July 17, 2017
Today's Gift

There is nothing you can say in answer to a compliment. I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough. --Mark Twain

Hearing the good words and praise of another person is harder for some of us to accept than criticism and abuse. Perhaps it is easier to receive what we are accustomed to, or maybe we feel a loss of control when someone compliments us. This is a time for us to begin accepting others' actions. We do not need to be in control of our relationships at all times. When friends offer sincere compliments, we don't need to push them away or brush them off.

All we need to do is allow others' positive messages to come into us. In a good relationship we listen to the feelings of our friends, and sometimes that means truly listening as they tell us their good feelings about us.

Today, I will be open to the compliments that come my *way without controlling them.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. --Will Rogers

Humility is being thankful for the chance to watch the parade. There were days we thought that all that counted were the heroes. But our program has no heroes. It has many fine, spiritual people. . . but no heroes.

When someone is needed to make coffee or pick up after a meeting, we can be willing to do those things. Let's look at doing these little jobs as our way of looking for a good spot on the curb. . . .to watch the parade! The floats are so colorful, and the bands play so loud!

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be proud of who I am, instead of always putting myself down because I'm not who I "should" be.

Action for the Day: I will look and help someone today. Service to others is service to my Higher Power.

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

One Day At A Time

Spiritually Sick
Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else.
From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome,
we straighten out mentally and physically.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64

Thought to Ponder
We are prisoners of our own resentments.
Forgiveness unlocks the door and sets us free.

AA-related 'Alconym'
L O V E = L
eave Out Violent Emotion

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

If you could
by Ralph Marston

If you could change anything in the world, what would it be? If you could truly make a difference in the lives of those around you, how would you do it?

If you suddenly realized that today was like no other, with each moment a special, priceless and irreplaceable treasure, how would you spend it? If the world was depending on you to move it forward, what would your first step be?

If you could clearly see tomorrow, how would it look? If you could create tomorrow just the way you wanted, what would it be like? If you could tell others exactly what you thought, what would you say? If you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt?

The truth is, you can do all these things and more. Every moment is your opportunity, every situation is your starting point. Think of the very best you would do if you could. Then make it happen, because you can.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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