Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-21-2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Today's Gift

In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadows follow the body. --Ruth Benedict

Our identity, our being at any moment, is a composite of all we have been in the past. Some of our actions have made us wiser. Others haunt us because we didn't put forth our best effort. All of our deeds contributed in some measure to our growth, however, and they can guide our choice to behave honorably today.

Acceptance, of who we are, our total self, is necessary for our emotional maturity. Shame for past actions will keep us stuck. Our restitution for the past is best made by responsible behavior today. How fortunate that each waking moment offers us opportunities to become our better selves.

Today, just like every day, I'll make choices to behave in ways that will fill me with pride or shame. I pray for thoughtfulness today.

From the book The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

We can never go back again, that much is certain. --Daphne DuMaurier

Yesterday is gone, but its experiences will be reflected in those of today. We learned from both the good and the bad situations of yesterday. Where we travel today, likewise, will influence our direction tomorrow. We can't do over what has gone before, but we can positively incorporate all that life is offering us from this moment forth.

We are moving toward greater understanding of life's mysteries with each experience. As today unfolds, we can be moved by the adventures. What we experience is ours alone and will contribute to the unfolding of our special destiny. We move forward, only forward. The doors behind us are closed forever.

Facing what comes to us, with strength, is a gift from this program we share. Letting go of the yesterdays and the last years is another gift offered by this program. And trust that what we face along with what we let go will weave the pattern of our rightful unfolding--that is the ultimate gift given to us by this program.

Action for the Day: I need never go back again. I am spared that. My destiny lies in the future. And I can be certain it will bring me all that I desire, and more.

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

One Day At A Time

A Psychic Change
On the other hand—and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand—once a
psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many
problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds themself easily able to control their desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxix

Thought to Ponder
The greatest gift that can come to anyone is a spiritual awakening.

AA-related 'Alconym'
Can Help Attract New Gifts and Energy

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Get past the past
by Ralph Marston

Your shortcomings and disappointments are all in the past now. They have nothing to do with what you can accomplish from this point forward. Every day, you start with a clean slate. Every moment is an opportunity to begin the process of turning your dreams into reality.

It doesn’t matter what has happened before. Yes, the past has brought you to where you are. Yet right now the path splits off in an infinite number of directions. And you have the choice of which one to take.

Learn from the past and then let it go. To wish that it had been different, is a waste of time and energy. To continue living with your past limitations, is a waste of your life’s enormous potential.

Your past does not define who you are or what you can accomplish. You do.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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