Friday, August 11, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-11-2017

Friday, August 11, 2017
Today's Gift

Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can match. —Ingrid Bengis

In the imagination are transmitted messages from the Universe to us. Inspiration is born there. So are dreams. Both give rise to the goals that urge us forward, that invite us to honor this life we've been given with a contribution, one like no other contribution.

Our imagination offers us ideas to ponder, ideas specific to our development. It encourages us to take steps unique to our time, our place, our intended gifts to the world. We can be alert to this special "inner voice" and let it guide our decisions; we can trust its urgings. It's charged with serving us, but only we can decide to "listen."

The imagination gives us another tool: belief in ourselves. And the magic of believing offers us strength and capabilities even beyond our fondest hopes. It prepares us for the effort we need to make and for handling whatever outcome the Universe has intended.

My imagination will serve me today. It will offer me the ideas and the courage I need to go forth.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Friends are people who help you be more yourself, more the person you are intended to be. --Merle Shain

Sometimes a teacher, sometimes a neighbor, almost always our moms and dads encourage us to try new activities or to improve our schoolwork, sports, drawing, or gardening. Because they are our friends, they want us to be the best we can be.

Not everyone knows how to be a friend. Some people only criticize, and never praise. People who never encourage or praise us are usually unhappy with their own achievements. They don't mean us harm. Perhaps they just need a friend, too. Not only do we each need friends to help us grow, we need to be friends to others. To encourage and praise those who need it will help us in return.

Action for the Day: I will be a true friend today.

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

One Day At A Time

Daily Inventory
Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance,
and live to good purpose under all conditions?
A continuous look at our assets and liabilities, and a real desire to learn and grow
by this means, are necessities for us. We alcoholics have learned this the hard way.
More experienced people, of course, in all times and places have practiced
unsparing self-survey and criticism.
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 88

Thought to Ponder
Learning is the very essence of humility. The two walk hand in hand.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A G O = Another Growth Opportunity

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Clarity and enigma
by Ralph Marston

What happens, happens for a reason. But some of the reasons you will never know.

Some things you can make sense of, and some things you can’t. What you can always do is choose to accept, embrace and make good use of it all.

The wind blows, the rain falls, the clouds part and the stars glitter. Through it all, you’ll find a way to make new goodness, new richness, new meaning.

Sometimes the mystery can be solved. Other times it can only be looked at with awe, reverence, and respect.

Seek to understand all you can, and to accept there are some things you cannot understand. Celebrate those things that make perfect sense as well as the things that make no sense at all.

Let each day arrive with its fresh bright clarity and its new enigma. Learn to love it all.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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