Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-9-2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Today's Gift

The crow that mimics a cormorant gets drowned. --Japanese proverb

When we are young we are vulnerable to the images of success that surround us - in sports, in politics, and in our social life. We watch our heroines and heroes perform, and we strive to emulate them. When the cormorant dives from a hundred feet, we'd love to follow.

As we get older, many of us don't manage to find out who we really are because we've been too busy trying to imitate others - in our dress, our way of talking, our business deals, our preferences, and our tastes. We often aped those who were considered "with it" at the time.

It's healthy to have role models, but they should reflect our true, emerging selves, and not be at the other end of the spectrum. As crows, we'd look silly diving from a hundred feet. Our challenge in life is to find out who we are and who we can be and go after that with all our energy. There's nothing wrong with being a crow.

I want to strive with all my heart to be myself.

From the book Answers in the Heart ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

We must embrace the absurd and go beyond everything we have ever known. --Janie Gustafson

We have stepped beyond the limits of our former life and accepted the possibility of the unknown. Many of us have always tried to be rational, to trust only what we could understand or reason through. That attempt served the part of us that lusted for control and power, but it kept us from unknown possibilities and dreams.

When we decide to be less controlling, we begin to believe in possibilities we didn't allow before. That is how we let our Higher Power influence our lives. Perhaps we don't see a reasonable way to a more satisfying job, but we can be open to surprising possibilities. We may see nothing we can do to overcome our compulsions, but we pray for our Higher Power to remove our shortcomings in our Higher Power's way, and already we have a new attitude.

Action for the Day: I'll pray for the courage to step into the unknown, the absurd, and experience the awakening of my spirit.

One Day At A Time

Problem Removed
We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part.
It just comes! That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation.
Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid.
That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85

Thought to Ponder
What is now proved was once only imagined.

AA-related 'Alconym'
S T E P S = S
olutions Through Each Powerful Step

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Let yourself be yourself
by Ralph Marston

Make this day about fulfilling your possibilities, not about satisfying your ego. Make this day about being your authentic best, not about appearing to be impressive.

Free yourself from the burden of worrying about what others might think of you. Use all that liberated energy to make a real, substantive difference in the world.

If you let your ego run your life, it will impose a great cost and leave you with nothing of real value. Raise your expectations higher, and go far beyond those burdensome superficial concerns.

You are genuinely beautiful, worthy and have much to offer life. Let yourself be your authentic self, and let that beauty come forth.

Do what you’re most passionate about doing. Let go of all the things you do to merely keep up appearances.

There is immense value in the unique, authentic person you are. Today, and every day, generously share that value with all of life.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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