Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-15-2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Today's Gift

Be patient with yourself; trust in the Universe; find mentors; know that you can achieve whatever you set out to do. ― Diane L. Dunton

Sometimes, the gray days scare us. Those are the days when the old feelings come rushing back. We may feel needy, scared, ashamed, and unable to care for ourselves.

When this happens, it's hard to trust ourselves, others, the goodness of life, and the good intentions of our Higher Power. Problems seem overwhelming. The past seems senseless; the future, bleak. We feel certain the things we want in life will never happen.

In those moments, we may become convinced that things and people outside of ourselves hold the key to our happiness. That's when we may try to control people and situations to mask our pain. When these "codependent crazies" strike, others often begin to react negatively to our controlling.

When we're in a frenzied state, searching for happiness outside ourselves and looking to others to provide our peace and stability, remember this: Even if we could control things and people, even if we got what we wanted, we would still be ourselves. Our emotional state would still be in turmoil.

People and things don't stop our pain or heal us. In life, we must learn that this is our job, and we can do it by using our resources: our Higher Power, our support systems, our surroundings, and ourselves.

Often, after we've become peaceful, trusting, and accepting, what we want comes to us - with ease and naturalness.

The sun begins to shine again. Isn't it funny, and isn't it true, how all change really does begin with us?

I can let go of things and people and my need to control today. I can deal with my feelings. I can get peaceful. I can get calm. I can get back on track and find the true key to happiness - myself. I will remember that a gray day is just that - one gray day.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Easy Does It.---Twelve Steps slogan

We are people who push ourselves to hard. We try to be perfect. Well, we need to lighten up. Easy Does It.
We need to slow down our pace. Why? Because our program teaches us to give up trying to be perfect.
We begin to love ourselves for who we are. We are enough. Over and over we hear this as we live the Steps. It's the message of our Higher Power's love. Our Higher Power want us to live at a pace that's not fast and hard, so we always know we're loved. Remember, we've turned our life over to the care of our Higher Power. And our life is a wonderful gift. As recovering people, we may know better than others.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, teach me to live at Your pace, not mine. Help me keep in mind that life isn't a race. It's a spiritual journey. Walk with me.

Action for the Day: Today, I'll take two hours just to relax and do loving things for myself. I'll take time to count my blessings.

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

One Day At A Time

Utter Inability
Many of us felt that we had plenty of character.
There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible.
This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability
to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or the wish.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 34

Thought to Ponder
Alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful!

AA-related 'Alconym'
W O R K = W
hat Our Recovery Knows

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Remind yourself
by Ralph Marston

Remind yourself how far you’ve come. Remind yourself how much you’ve done.

Remind yourself of all you love and value. Remind yourself how much you care.

Remind yourself that most of what screams for your attention doesn’t deserve it. Remind yourself often to gently guide your focus back to the things that truly matter.

You know what to do, how to do it, and why. Yet all too often the fears, complexities, and shiny trinkets persuade you to forget.

Your possibilities are too magnificent to let them go to waste. So remind yourself how capable you are, and how important it is to act on those possibilities.

Remind yourself of your dreams, your passions, your desire to live life at its best. Then with renewed energy and inspiration, put your unique, beautiful vision of excellence into action.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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