Monday, July 24, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-24-2017

Monday, July 24, 2017
Today's Gift

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. -- Flora Whittemore

We often hear the phrase, "When one door shuts, another opens." It means everything has a beginning and an end. When our travels on one path are completed, another path lies ahead.

It's not easy to feel a door close. Relationships, friendships, careers, and lives end. Although we may not understand why a door closes, it's important to remember our Higher Power has everything to do with it. By the same token, we may not understand why certain doors open, revealing opportunities we may have longed for. Again, our Higher Power feels we are ready to pursue that new experience.

The doors that open and close today help prepare us for our experiences tonight. The doors that open and close tonight will help us grow toward tomorrow. We are not mice in a maze, randomly pursuing paths for a reward of cheese. We are children of our Higher Power, guided towards our chosen goal through the many doors we open and close along the way.

Have I learned there is a reason for everything in my life? Can I trust that my path has been prepared for me by my Higher Power?

From the book Night Light by Amy E. Dean. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

For this is wisdom; to live, To take what fate, or the Gods, may give. --Laurence Hope

We can't control the events of our lives, but we do have mastery over our attitudes. The chances will be many, today, to react negatively or positively to circumstances we find ourselves in. We can consider that each circumstance has something special in it for us.

Positive expectations regarding the planned as well as spontaneous activities of the day will influence the activity's flow, our involvement with it, and our interactions with the other people involved. A positive attitude seems to breed positive experiences. In other words, we attract into our lives that which we expect. How often do we get up angry, feeling behind when the day has only begun, short-tempered with our children, "ready" for a tough one at work? And we generally find it.

The Serenity Prayer offers us all the knowledge, all the wisdom we'll ever need. We can accept what has to be, change what we can, and not get confused between the two. We can inventory our attitude. Are we taking charge of it? Our attitude is something we can change.

Action for the Day: I won't get trapped today by a negative attitude. I will accept the challenge of turning my day around.

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

One Day At A Time

Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not
live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce
our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power.
We had to have our Higher Power’s help.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 62

Thought to Ponder
Faith makes the impossible possible.

AA-related 'Alconym'
B I G B O O K = B
elieving In Goodness Beats Our Old Knowledge

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Free from worry
by Ralph Marston

You don’t have to worry about anything. Worry is not something you have to do, it’s something you choose to do, and you can just as easily choose not to worry. Worry accomplishes nothing and costs precious time and energy. So why would you want to spend your time on it?

Even when there’s every reason to be concerned, there’s no reason to worry. There are plenty of other, much more effective ways to respond to any situation.

Just imagine what it would be like to be completely free from worry. Think of how much you could accomplish, and think of how positively it would affect every moment of every day. You can be free from worry, right here, right now. Simply understand that your worries accomplish nothing, and let them drop quickly away from you.

When you feel the urge to worry, make the choice to act on your concerns rather than worrying about them. Doing something positive is infinitely more valuable than thinking of something negative.

Leave your worries behind, put your energy into effective action, and be amazed at the great things you can accomplish.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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