Monday, August 7, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-7-2017

Monday, August 7, 2017
Today's Gift

To have one's individuality completely ignored is like being pushed quite out of life. Like being blown out as one blows out a light. —Evelyn Scott

We need to know that we matter in this life. We need evidence that others are aware of our presence. And thus, we can be certain that others need the same attention from us. When we give it, we get it. So the giving of attention to another searching soul meets our own need for attention as well.

Respectful recognition of another's presence blesses them and ourselves. And we help one another grow, in important ways, each time we pay the compliment of acknowledgment.

We're not sure, on occasion, just what we have to offer our friends, families, co-workers. Why we are in certain circumstances may have us baffled, but it's quite probable that the people we associate with regularly need something we can give them; the reverse is just as likely. So we can begin with close attention to people in our path. It takes careful listening and close observation to sense the message another soul may be sending to our own.

I will be conscious of the people around me. I shall acknowledge them and be thankful for all they are offering me.

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

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. --Rainer Maria Rilke

For a relationship to be healthy and fulfilling, each of us must respect the other. "Two solitudes" is exactly what we are, and we will never be one, no matter how close we become. It may feel like that at times, but we always remain separate persons with our own thoughts, feelings, dreams, and interests.

When we love one another, we allow each other to be who we are, to have our own lives, for it is out of those separate lives that we bring strength and energy and life into our relationships.

We are meant to honor the differences between us. Often these differences lead to squabbles, but when we recognize that each of us is necessary to the union we have created, we create a better one, far superior to the sum of its parts.

Action for the Day: Today I will honor the differences between us that make our lives together better.

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

One Day At A Time

Practically every body wishes to be rid of his most glaring and destructive handicaps.
No one wants to be so proud that he is scorned as a braggart, nor so greedy that he is labeled a thief. . .
We who have escaped these extremes are apt to congratulate ourselves. Yet can we?
After all, hasn't it been self-interest, pure and simple, that has enabled most of us to escape?
Not much spiritual effort is involved in avoiding excesses which will bring us punishment anyway.
But when we face up to the less violent aspects of these very same defects, then where do we stand?
- 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, p. 66

Thought to Ponder
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

AA-related 'Alconym'
F E A R = F
ace Everything And Recover

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Encouraging others
by Ralph Marston

When you’re in need of encouragement, offer your own encouragement to someone else. Nothing can lift you more surely and genuinely than your own efforts to lift another.

Think back on the times you remember most fondly. And you’ll see that the brightest days have been those days when you’ve given most generously of yourself.

When you focus only on your own problems and challenges, it puts you in a negative and helpless state of mind. Yet when you turn your attention to helping others with the challenges they face, you naturally become more positive and effective.

When you sense that you’re feeling sorry for yourself, redirect that energy. Transform it into compassion for others. There is always something you can do to lift up those around you. And it’s a reliable way to lift your spirits as well.

Give the encouragement you would like to receive. And you will indeed receive it in double.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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