Monday, May 21, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-21-2018

Monday, May 21, 2018
Today's Gift

It only takes one person to change your life--you. --Ruth Casey

Change is not easy, but it's absolutely unavoidable. Doors will close. Barriers will surface. Frustrations will mount. Nothing stays the same forever, and it's such folly to wish otherwise. Growth accompanies positive change; determining to risk the outcome resulting from a changed behavior or attitude will enhance our self-perceptions. We will have moved forward; in every instance our lives will be influenced by making a change that only each of us can make.

We have all dreaded the changes we knew we had to make. Perhaps even now we fear some impending changes. Where might they take us? It's difficult accepting that the outcome is not ours to control. Only the effort is ours. The solace is that positive changes, which we know are right for us and other people in our lives, are never going to take us astray. In fact, they are necessary for the smooth path just beyond this stumbling block.

When we are troubled by circumstances in our lives, a change is called for, a change that we must initiate. When we reflect on our recent as well as distant past, we will remember that the changes we most dreaded again and again have positively influenced our lives in untold ways.

Change ushers in glad, not bad, tidings.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.---Marcus Aurelius

The struggles of life teach us a lot. They challenge our beliefs. As we struggle, we come to believe that our friends, family, and Higher Power will be there for us in hard times. But we must do our part. We need to call and honestly let people know how we are doing. We need to pray and ask our Higher Power for help. If we do these things, we'll come to respect and learn from hard times.

Prayer for the Day: I pray for the wisdom to see that struggles are part of live. Higher Power, I pray for Your help in not taking struggles too personally.

Action for the Day: I'll list four times I've struggled and what I learned from each stuggle. I'll share this with someone.


From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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One Day At A Time

Step Five
This is perhaps difficult—especially discussing our defects with another person.
We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves.
There is doubt about that. In actual practice, we usually find a solitary
self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 72

Thought to Ponder
We need to share our problems to find our solutions.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A A = A
ccountable Actions


From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

This day to live
by Ralph Marston

This day will change you, and you will change this day. Today can improve you, and you can improve today.

Progress is not ever inevitable, yet always possible, within reach. Today offers you the chance to make it happen.

Don’t curse those things that hinder you. Learn from them, understand, create a way around them, devise new ways to make your progress anyway.

Don’t take for granted the factors that assist you. Nurture, support, appreciate, encourage, and make good use of them while you can.

People, circumstances, and random events will do what they will. Step forward with confidence, knowing you can take it all in stride, adding value to each moment along the way.

You have every reason to be positive because you have this day to live. Start right now, giving new joy, meaning, and fulfillment to all of life.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/


Friday, May 18, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-18-2018

Friday, May 18, 2018
Today's Gift

. . . in order to feel anything you need strength . . . —Anna Maria Ortese

Strength for any task, to withstand any pressure, to find the solution to any problem, is always as close as our very breath. We expend all our energy, wearing ourselves down, even getting sick from worry when we fail to turn to the source of strength that is ours for the taking.

We are offered, moment-by-moment, opportunities to experience the rapture of life. We have the chance to trust our senses, to turn ourselves over to the moment, knowing we can survive every experience, knowing we are guaranteed new knowledge, a greater awareness of the meaning of our own lives when we're fully attuned to the experiences that are uniquely our own, right here, right now.

Our strength increases as we flex it, not unlike muscles. The more we turn to that greater power, the more available that source of strength becomes. With practice, it becomes habitual to let the Universe help us withstand all pressures, solve every problem. In time, the pressures and problems seem to exist no more. We learn to let our higher power circumvent the difficulties in our lives. Free at last, we become free at last to feel the real joys of living.

All the strength I need to face anything that's worrying me is at hand. I will let go and let the Universe me today.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

You cannot plan the future by the past.---Edmund Burke

We got tried of how we were living. We honestly looked at our life. We saw that alcohol and other drugs controlled our life. We met others who understood us. And we came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could help us. We turned our will and our life over to this Power. In so doing, we learned that life doesn't take place in the past or in the future. We find our program in the present.

Prayer for the Day: I pray that I'll leave the past in the past. I pray that I'll walk into each moment with my Higher Power.

Action for the Day: The only time we revisit the past is when we tell our story. Today, I'll tell my story to someone. I'll tell what really happened. I'll tell what life is like now.


From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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One Day At A Time

Troubles
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort
is made “to practice these principles in all our affairs,” well-grounded A.A.'s seem
to have the ability, by our Higher Power's grace, to take these troubles in stride and
turn them into demonstrations of faith.
- Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, p. 114

Thought to Ponder
Reliance on my Higher Power enables me to match calamity with serenity.

AA-related 'Alconym'
F A I T H = F
acing All, Intuitively Trusting Him/Her.


From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) http://www.aa-alive.net/index.html

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Bask in the wonder
by Ralph Marston

Bask in the wonder of life. Give yourself to awe, to love, to the experience of goodness.

Warm every corner of your awareness with appreciation. Earn your best possibilities by bringing them to fruition.

Exhaust yourself with joy. Align yourself with the goodness that can be found in every situation.

What you have, whatever form it may take, consists of a treasure that has no equal. Open your senses and your sensibilities to let the beauty in.

Savor the opportunity to live each moment. Surprise yourself with how much more, and more, you can give.

No effort is too burdensome, no trouble too deep to vanquish the wonder that is yours to experience. Let the richness of that wonder come to life right now in you.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-17-2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Today's Gift

Growth is the only evidence of life. —John, Cardinal Newman

We should be thankful we can never reach complete serenity. If we could, we would never have the need to improve ourselves. We would stop growing, because there would be no reason to learn any more than we already know, and we would become bored. Even the things, which seem so serene in nature usually contain a struggle within. A lake, with a swan gliding slowly across it, seems a perfect picture of serenity. But, unseen below the surface, fish, turtles, and frogs struggle each day for survival.

The important thing is to accept the struggles as a part of the beauty of life, not as blemishes on it.

What struggles shall help me grow better today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Each day provides its own gifts.---Ruth P. Freedman

Spiritual growth is the greatest gift we can receive. And we earn it through taking risks. There is much risk involved in working the Steps: The risk of admitting that we're out of control. The risk of turning our will and lives over to a Power greater than ourselves. The risk of letting go of character defects. The risk of making amends to people we've harmed. The risk of admitting our wrongs. The risk of telling our stories as we carry the message of hope. To grow spiritually, we need these adventures. These challenges. These risk.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me to take the risks that I need in order to grow.

Action for the Day: I will look at today as an adventure with my Higher Power. I will list the fears I'll need to let go of.


From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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One Day At A Time

New Meaning
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others,
to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host
of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it.
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89

Thought to Ponder
Get it - Give it - Grow in it.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A A = A
lcoholic's Answer


From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) http://www.aa-alive.net/index.html

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Truth within
by Ralph Marston

More truth lives within you than you have yet allowed yourself to discover. Open up to it, give expression to its wonders.

Envision the spark of an idea catching fire. See it blazing its way into reality through your mind and your hands.

Seek for beauty, meaning, substance, joy to enter into life because of your life. Live each moment in a spirit that welcomes truth and goodness, and gives them living expression.

Have the courage to feel what you have never felt. Engage your patience, your diligence to give voice to those feelings.

Live to know, to feel, to see what is true. Live to bring that truth to life in your own unique way.

Vast stretches of love, beauty, truth, goodness today await your discovery. Live to let it all flow into life.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-16-2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Today's Gift

What is moral is what you feel good after. --Ernest Hemingway

Each of us has a little voice inside us that tells us what is good and what is bad. For instance, if our friends are making fun of someone who is different than we are, how do we feel if we join in the laughter? Do we feel more comfortable if we refuse to join in, or if we tell them their jokes are not funny?

As we grow, we learn more and more to trust the inner voice. Sometimes, in times of dark confusion, we have to listen very hard, but it is there to guide us. It is a beacon showing us the way out of the darkness of uncertainty. It is our guide to goodness.

Will I have the courage to listen to my inner voice today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Make yourself an honest [person], and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world. ---Thomas Carlyle

Honesty does not mean saying all we think or feel. Many of our thoughts and feelings are only with us for a minute. They are not always the truth. For example, saying to someone you love, "I hate you!" in the middle of an argument can destroy things.

Honesty means living by what is true to us. Then we choose when and how to say things to others.

Think of honesty as the air we breathe; it's what keeps us alive, but it can get polluted and kill. It must be treated with respect and care.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me know the power of honesty. Help me speak it with care and respect.

Action for the Day: Before I speak today I'll ask myself: "Is this true? Am I speaking because this needs to be said?"

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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One Day At A Time

Basic Principles
The basic principles of the A.A. program, it appears, hold good for individuals
with many different lifestyles, just as the program has brought recovery to those
of many different nationalities. The Twelve Steps that summarize the program
may be called los Doce Pasos in one country, les Douze Etapes in another, but
they trace exactly the same path to recovery that was blazed by the earliest
members of Alcoholics Anonymous. 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxii

Thought to Ponder
The Twelve Steps -- a manuscript for rational living.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Confident humility
by Ralph Marston

Whatever you’re doing, a sense of superiority will make you worse at it. Humility, on the other hand, will make you better.

The moment you think you’ve got it all figured out, your progress stops. Instead, continue to advance and improve by reminding yourself how much more there will always be to discover.

Confidence is positive and empowering, but arrogance is deadly. Be confident, but not at the expense of your respect for others.

Don’t burn up all your energy proving how great you are. Invest your time and energy being thoughtful and helpful.

See the victories not as proof of your supremacy, but as opportunities to offer more value to life. See the defeats not as personal affronts, but as chances to learn and grow stronger.

Take care not to waste your time in delusions of grandeur. Embrace the power of confident humility, and live well.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-15-2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Today's Gift

Difficulties, opposition, criticism - these things are meant to be overcome, and there is a special joy in facing them and in coming out on top. It is only when there is nothing but praise that life loses its charm, and I begin to wonder what I should do about it. —Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

To be alive means to experience difficulties, conflicts, challenges from many directions. What we do with adverse conditions both determines and is determined by who we are. Resistance, most of us have learned, heightens the adversity. Acceptance of the condition, trusting all the while the lesson it offers us is for our benefit, ensures that we'll "come out on top."

Difficulties are opportunities for advancement, for increased self-awareness, for self-fulfillment. So often we hear and remind one another, that we grow through pain. We can face any situation knowing we have the strength of the program to shore us up. Strangely, we need challenges in order to grow; without growth we wither. Happiness is the bounty for facing the momentarily unhappy conditions.

Any difficulty I meet today offers me a chance for even greater happiness; it guarantees my growth.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. — Anonymous

Take a risk. Take a chance.

We do not have to indulge in obviously foolhardy or self-defeating risks, but we can allow ourselves to take positive risks in recovery. We cannot afford to keep ourselves paralyzed.
We do not have to keep ourselves stymied and trapped out of fear of making a mistake or failing. Naturally, we will make mistakes and fail from time to time. That's part of being fully alive. There are no guarantees. If we are waiting for guaranteed courses of action, we may spend much of our life waiting.

We do not have to shame ourselves or accept shame from anyone else, even those in recovery, for making mistakes. The goal of recovery is not to live life perfectly. The goal of recovery is to live, learn our lessons, and make overall progress.

Take a risk. Do not always wait for a guarantee. We don't have to listen to I told you so. Dust yourself off after a mistake, and then move on to the success.

Action For the Day: Today I will ask my Higher Power, to help me begin to take healthy risks. Help me let go of my fear of failure, and help me let go of my fear of success. Help me let go of my fear of fully living my life, and help me start experiencing all parts of this journey.


From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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One Day At A Time

Freedom from Fear
When, with our Higher Power’s help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could
live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears
that they could get over them, too. We found that freedom from fear
was more important than freedom from want.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 122

Thought to Ponder
Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net) http://www.aa-alive.net/index.html

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Whatever route is available
by Ralph Marston

You don’t have to overcome your hesitation, your doubt, your fear. You can still have the hesitation, doubt, and fear, and act anyway.

You don’t have to fight against your reluctance. You can simply accept that reluctance, and then do what must be done.

You don’t have to be inspired to the maximum degree. Just do the job, and the inspiration will take care of itself.

Put one foot in front of the other. Make one phone call, and then another.

A perfect, frictionless pathway is nice, but certainly not necessary. You can work with what you have, with its distractions, frustrations and other imperfections.

The perfect pathway is probably not going to appear, but you can nevertheless get where you wish to go. Keep taking whatever route is available, and you’ll get yourself there.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/



Monday, May 14, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 5-14-2018

Monday, May 14, 2018
Today's Gift

Every human being has, like Socrates, an attendant spirit; and wise are they who obey its signals. If it does not always tell us what to do, it always cautions us what not to do. --Lydia M. Child

Our Spirit is our inner guide. And our Spirit never, never, gives us wrong directions. Because we're human, it's all too easy to deny the voice from within. Some call it conscience. And our behavior, maybe frequently, maybe occasionally, belies what our conscience knows is right. We suffer for it.

We are trying to be healthy, emotionally, spiritually, physically. Each day we can make progress. With each action we take, we have a choice. Our Spirit, our conscience, should be consulted. Right choices make for right actions that will emotionally and spiritually benefit us and the other persons close to us.

It's comforting to rely on the inner voice. It assures us we're never alone. No decision has to be made alone. No wrong action need ever be taken. A sense of security accompanies the partnership between each of us and our Spirit.

I will let the partnership work for me today.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/thought-for-the-day

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Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Often the wisdom of the body clarifies the despair of the spirit. --Marion Woodman

The unity of body and spirit becomes more real for us as we learn to listen to the messages our bodies give. Perhaps if we are frequently ill with a cold we are hiding from the fact that we are discouraged and in need of something for our spirit. We all face the problems at times of sleeplessness or backaches or allergies. These are not moral problems but problems that go with being human. When we are open to the spirit dimension, we look for the part that may express a message from our spiritual selves.

As we notice our physical selves today, we perhaps feel a tension in a muscle or a sensation somewhere that can speak to us about our deeper feelings. The message may not be clear at first. Spiritual messages are not quick answers, but if we listen to our questions a while, the answers may gradually become clear. Simply being open to the messages strengthens us for our tasks and deepens our spiritual self-awareness.

Action for the Day: Today, I will to listen to the wisdom of my own body.


From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums Daily Recovery Readings - http://www.bluidkiti.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2

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One Day At A Time

A Power
Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live,
and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously.
But where and how were we to find this Power?
Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find
a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 45

Thought to Ponder
Willpower ... our will-ingness to use a Higher Power.

AA-related 'Alconym'
B I G _ B O O K = B
elieving In Goodness Beats Our Old Knowledge

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AA-Alive.net)

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Depth of spirit
by Ralph Marston

There are some things you can know and yet never understand. Love is one of those, and beauty is another. There are things you know to be true, even though you could not explain why. And nothing could ever convince you otherwise.

The richness of your life, of your being, extends far beyond anything your mind can imagine or rationally comprehend. It’s a truth you know on a very deep level, beyond words, beyond reason.

Though you could never fully explain what makes life so very much worth living, that doesn’t change the fact that it is. Yes, on the surface there are storms and tempests, yet down deep at the core you know there waits a peaceful, undeniable joy.

Though your body, mind and rational self may frequently bump up against limits, your spirit can always soar ever higher. Let it do so, and the rest of you will surely follow.

Life is much more than what you can touch, or see or taste or even think. Live from the depth of your spirit and give life the best that you know.

From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/