Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-3-2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Today's Gift

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. —Alex Osborn

A garden of flowers blooming is a beautiful sight to see. Through the green leaves surrounding a tulip we see hints of yellow or pink or red. Each day the flowers greet us with their radiant color. Yet, a sudden frost would wilt and fade the flowers.

Each time we create something new with our talents we are like a young flower opening. Whether we draw or write or sew or play a musical instrument, all creativity has this in common. Appreciation from those around us is like sunshine for the flowers. Harsh criticism, however, is like the cold air - it wilts and deadens our desire to create.

We all need warm encouragement for our endeavors, and we can give as well as receive it. In this way, creativity can bloom in our homes and our friendships, bringing a garden full of color and delight into our lives.

What encouragement can I offer to someone near me?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Harmony exists in difference no less than in likeness, if only the same keynote governs both parts. --Margaret Fuller

Harmony exists everywhere, as an entity of itself. Our personal attitudes bring the disharmony to a situation. An attitude of love can bless all situations and all people.

The converse is likewise true. We all desire harmony in our relationships. And we will find it, every time we bring an attitude of honest gratitude into a situation.

How we feel, today, about this person or that situation, reflects the strength of our relationship with our Higher Power. When we experience life in the company of our Higher Power, we will let life flow. We will observe harmony, then, even in the midst of difference.

All of life's elements are moving toward a state of total and perfect harmony. We need not fear. We can trust the company of our higher power and know that every situation, no matter how adverse its appearance, is contributing to a harmonious outcome if we'd but lend a trusting attitude.

Action for the Day: Harmony is everywhere. I will celebrate it. I will trust the present. I will trust the future.

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

One Day At A Time

Both you and the new person must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress.
If you persist, remarkable things will happen. When we look back, we realize that
the things which came to us when we put ourselves in our Higher Power’s hands
were better than anything we could have planned.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100

Thought to Ponder
The Three P's -- Patience, Persistence, Peace.

AA-related 'Alconym'
G R O W T H = G
oodnes Reveals Other Ways To Heal

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Creative energy
by Ralph Marston

Worry is a misuse of your amazing creative energy. Think of what would happen if instead of wasting it on worry, you used all that creative energy to imagine positive outcomes in your life.

There is no limit to what you can imagine, and there are no restrictions on the kinds of things you can imagine. Your imagination is filled with precisely the things you choose to imagine.

If you have nothing better to imagine, it can be much too easy to imagine all sorts of disastrous scenarios. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With just a little bit of initiative you can plant positive and empowering seeds in your imagination. And in the fertile realm of your powerful imagination, those seeds will grow ever stronger in their beneficial influence.

Even a negative experience can set off a positive chain of thoughts in your imagination, when you so choose. It’s really just as easy and realistic to imagine solving a problem as it is to worry about being overwhelmed by that problem.

When you feel worry coming on, always remember that you have another choice. As long as you’re imagining elaborate scenarios, you might as well imagine the very best.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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