Friday, August 17, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-17-2018

Friday, August 17, 2018
Today's Gift

Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it as it is, is the only way of being happy. —Jennie Jerome Churchill

We are generally so certain that we know what's best for ourselves. And we are just as often certain that what we think is best will guarantee happiness. Perhaps we should reflect on all the times in the past when our wishes didn't come true - fortunately.

Did any one of us expect to be doing today, what we each are doing? We may have expected children, a particular kind of home, a certain career, but did we really anticipate all that life has wrought? A tragedy, and then recovery from it, was probably not in our pictures. But it does fit into the big picture. The happiness we experience today probably doesn't visit us in the way we anticipated a few years back. But it is measured out according to our needs. The choice to be happy with what is, is ours to make, every moment.

I can take life as it is, and trust that it is just right, just what it needs to be. The big picture guarantees me lasting happiness. Today's experiences will move me a step closer.

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

Life is change ... Growth is optional... Choose wisely... --Karen Kaiser Clark

We can certainly count on change. We become parents, our children become more independent, we make new friends, and other friends move away. When a person clings too tightly to the status quo or tries to control the direction of change, their is bound to be disappointed. We are like skiers on a mountain. We must continue down the slope. We can vary our speed somewhat, but if we stop for too long we will get cold or hungry; if we ski too fast, we may have a serious fall. Part of the pleasure is in not being able to control or predict every circumstance we will meet.

We don't control which loved ones come into our lives and which ones go or whether we become ill or stay healthy. We don't control life's opportunities. We can control how we choose to respond to these transitions. Whatever happens can be used for growth and we can commit ourselves to use all experiences that way.

Action for the Day: Today, I will not try to control change but will choose to use whatever happens for growth.

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

True Tolerance
We begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill
as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love
for our fellows actually means. It will become more and more evident as we go forward
that it is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us,
are suffering from the pains of growing up.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 92

Thought to Ponder
Ask yourself--"What would an adult do in this situation?"

AA-related 'Alconym'
P U T = P
ractice Using Tolerance

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

Beyond the horizon
by Ralph Marston

Today would be a good day to consider possibilities you’ve never considered before. Now would be a great time to explore some new options.

It’s all too easy to get comfortable where you are, doing what you’ve always done. The problem is, if you keep ignoring other options, those options will start to disappear.

You’re smart to stick with what works. But don’t stick to it so relentlessly that you get stuck.

Make a point to widen your awareness. Go out and see what’s beyond the horizon that’s become so comfortably familiar.

Somewhere out there are things you’ve never experienced, that you would surely love. Beyond your current awareness are people, places, ideas, groups, and activities that may very well change your life.

You already know a great deal, yet you certainly don’t know it all. Take a little time to discover a little more, and add new richness to the exquisite experience that is your life.

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


Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-16-2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Today's Gift

I'll be the sun upon your head,
The wind about your face,
My love upon the path you tread,
And upon your wanderings, peace.
—Gordon Bok

Today I will feel. I will feel wind and water, earth and sun. I will feel rain, the taste of it, and the soft sting of its coolness. I will feel the familiar touch of my shirt against my skin, my hair across my face in the wind.

Today I will feel love like a candle on a birthday cake that never goes out - no matter how much you blow on it. I will feel compassion like a toothache, a dull pain that lets me go about my business but never goes away. I will feel joy and sorrow, pain, and pleasure. Today I will feel. I will feel like a human being, unique as a snowflake, common as grass.

How many different ways do I feel 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

Love is a force. It is not a result; it is a cause. It is not a product; it produces. It is a power, like money, or steam or electricity. It is valueless unless you can give something else by means of it. --Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Love and feeling loved--how often both elude us! We have taken the first step, though. Let's be grateful for our recovery; this is an act of love. We have chosen to love ourselves, and the program opens the way to our loving others. Love and loving are balms for the soul sickness we experience. We are being healed. We are healing one another.

Loving others means going beyond our own selfish concerns, for the moment, and putting others' concerns first. The result is that others feel our love. They feel a caring that is healing. And our spiritual natures are likewise soothed.

We find our Higher Power and ourselves through touching the souls of one another. Our most special gift is being loved and giving love. Every moment we spend with another person is gift-giving time.

Today’s Action: Every day is a gift-giving holiday, if I will but make it so.


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

Convinced
From this doctor, the broker had learned the grave nature of alcoholism.
Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was
convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects,
restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of
belief in and dependence upon a Higher Power.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xvi

Thought to Ponder
AA is not something we join; it's a way of life.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A A = A
chieve Anything

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

Maybe
by Ralph Marston

Maybe you don’t have to answer the phone every time it rings. Maybe you don’t need to squeeze every last penny of profit out of your efforts.

Maybe a day in the sunshine would clarify your thoughts. Maybe a swim in the ocean would energize your passion.

Maybe those conditions you’ve been putting on happiness, you’d be better off without. Maybe joy can be lived right here and now, without waiting for where you think you need to be.

Maybe doing the difficult, challenging work will actually turn out to be fun. Maybe commitment, responsibility, discipline, and effort will raise your life to a new level of enjoyment.

Maybe some of the opinions you so staunchly defend could benefit from some challenges and revisions. Maybe you’d actually be okay if you could let go of the need to prove you’re right.

Maybe life can be a whole lot better than you’ve ever thought it could be. Maybe today is a great day to find out.

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


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-15-2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Today's Gift

A person's life is what their thoughts make it. —Marcus Aurelius

How do we think about ourselves? Do we feel unattractive? Do we feel we aren't strong enough? Do we doubt our ability to perform our roles as friends, spouses, or parents? Such thoughts are common among everyone. There is no problem in having them; they are normal to some extent. But what we do with our thoughts - how we think about what we think - makes a big difference in our lives.

When we think we are odd or different from other people for feeling this way, we become more self-centered. When we don't stand up for our rights as a person to have our doubts and weaknesses, we become even more weak and doubting. When we don't talk about our thoughts and feelings to other people, we become isolated and lonely. We have a right to feel insecure and to know we have weaknesses. We become a stronger person by accepting our doubts. They may still cause some pain but they have lost their power to control us. Just as a repaired seam can be stronger than the original, what was our weakness becomes our strength.

Today, I accept my thoughts of weakness and self-doubt as part of life.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
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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

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.---Shakespeare

We are addicts. We suffer from an illness. We go to Twelve Step meetings because we know who we are. We have a sponsor because we know who we are. We ask friends for support because we know who we are. We know why we need our Higher Power to guide us. Recovery is a spiritual journey. In this journey, we are followers, not guides. It's a journey that change us. We don't know how recovery will change us, but we know it will. Is my faith strong enough for my journey? Part of how we get strong for our journey is by knowing who we truly are: addicts. 

Prayer for the Day: I pray to remember who I am, so I'll learn to respect the power of my illness.

Action for the Day: I'll take time to remember my past, both good and bad. I'll also take time to think about who I am now. How far have I come?


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

Character Flaws
Still goaded by sheer necessity, we reluctantly come to grips with those serious character
flaws that made problem drinkers and drug users of us in the first place, flaws which must be dealt with to prevent a retreat into alcoholism and addiction once again. We will want to be rid of some of these defects, but in some instances this will appear to be an impossible job from which we recoil. And we cling with a passionate persistence to others which are just as disturbing to our equilibrium, because we still enjoy them too much.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 73

Thought to Ponder
If I want my Higher Power to remove my character defects, I'll have to stop doing them.

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

Higher version of reality
by Ralph Marston

Allow all to be right with life, right now. It’s not really so hard to do.

You cannot change anything about what has already happened, so choose to let it be. This moment is not perfect, yet it’s the one you have, so recognize the goodness in it.

Allowing all to be right with life is not a matter of being naive or denying reality. Indeed, it is the acknowledgement of a higher version of reality.

In every difficulty is the opportunity to give love, to offer hope, to engage in positive effort. In every challenge are real possibilities for progress and new value.

Allow all to be right with life, and connect yourself with those possibilities. See today from a higher perspective, and expand upon the goodness that’s already present.

Fix your awareness on a higher version of reality, in which all is right with life. Let yourself be energized to make a positive difference in everything you do.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-14-2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Today's Gift

What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. —Hugh Mulligan

We show self-respect in how we choose to spend our time. Do we give tasks the time required for our best efforts? Or do we feel unworthy of quality work? Do we have a right to stop working and just play? Are we worth spending time with - just ourselves, or do we feel meaningful time is only spent with others? Are we worth caring enough about to enjoy bathing, grooming, or getting haircuts? Do we care enough about ourselves to see a dentist or a physician when needed?

Choices about how we use our time are basic ethical and creative choices. Beyond self-respect and care, we need to put time into our day for nourishing and enriching our spirits. We do that by reading something thoughtful or meaningful, talking to a friend about the events and feelings of our lives, listening to music, fixing a pleasant meal, exercising, and giving unpaid time and energy to worthwhile causes.

I am grateful for the gift of another day, and I will live it creatively and respectfully.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
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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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Keep It Simple

I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. --Anne Frank

We don't find the rewards of today by searching through our misfortunes. Pausing to seek out something good for everything we find bad is a step in the right direction. We may find the good outweighs the bad.

But how much more chance we will have of living a happy day if we skip over our setbacks and concentrate as much as we can on what is going well. It is smarter to look for diamonds in a diamond mine than in a garbage dump.

Let us discard our failures, using only what we have learned from them to achieve success. Looking back at missed opportunities will make it impossible for us to recognize new chances to enjoy life to the fullest. Looking only for beauty is a beautiful thing in itself.

Today's Action: I will look to see the beauty around me right 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

Our Health
The Universe has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and
practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your health problems
to such persons. Most of them give freely of themselves, that their fellows may
enjoy sound minds and bodies. Try to remember that though the Universe has wrought
miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 133

Thought to Ponder
I can’t fix something if I don’t know what’s wrong.

AA-related 'Alconym'
F R E E = F
ortunately, Recovery Enhances Everything

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Going to the trouble
by Ralph Marston

Living a productive, successful day can be a lot of trouble. Go to the trouble.

Getting yourself in a good place physically, financially, spiritually, requires a good bit of trouble. It’s well worth the trouble.

Value does not appear in your life simply because you think of it and desire it. You have to work it into existence.

Do you ever feel like you don’t want to go to the trouble to do something? That’s a good sign that you’ll benefit greatly from going ahead with the effort anyway.

What seems like trouble before you do it can quickly turn into enthusiastic action once you get started. After you get the work done, you’ll wonder why you ever hesitated in the first place.

Make it your business to go to the trouble. And make a great life for yourself and others.

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-13-2018

Monday, August 13, 2018
Today's Gift

There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity. People who do not experience self-love have little or no capacity to love others. —Nathaniel Branden

We cannot hang on to feelings of shame and guilt and still hope to become better people. How did these feelings begin? If we were treated badly by people, we need to be honest about what happened so we can resolve it and move on. Have we perpetuated our feelings by acting disrespectfully ourselves? Then we need to take a thorough inventory of our wrongdoings, admit them, make repairs, and let them go.

We may wallow in shame because facing it feels too frightening. Often, we believe our shame is greater than that of others. This belief is usually untrue and grandiose. It's part of how we isolate ourselves. We don't have to face it alone. We have the help of others who can listen to our pain and tell us about their experiences.

Today, may I find the courage to face my shame and assert my right to self-esteem.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
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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

I'd like to get away from earth awhile and then come back to it and begin again. --Robert Frost

Do we think it's weak to need a break? Do we ignore the need to recharge our batteries? Responsibility for our own lives requires us to recognize the need to restore our energy. Maybe our former escape from the world was by using food, or drugs, or spending money, or sexual release, or preoccupation with another person.

Now, since we are developing the ability to be with ourselves, we can take a break from the world and come back restored. This meditation time generates more energy for our lives.  
Recreation with friends, a walk, a movie, or a concert does the same. Taking responsibility to get away is a good cure for self-pity and exhaustion.

Today's Action: Today, I will be aware of my need to restore my energy.


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

First Fruits
Once we have a complete willingness to take inventory, and exert ourselves
to do the job thoroughly, a wonderful light falls upon this foggy scene.
As we persist, a brand-new kind of confidence is born, and the sense of relief
at finally facing ourselves is indescribable. These are the first fruits of Step Four.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 49 - 50

Thought to Ponder
Life is an ongoing miracle.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A B C = A
ccept, Begin, Continue

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Good can come from it
by Ralph Marston

What if the problem is not really a problem? What if that’s just the way you’ve chosen to see it?

What if the difficulty might eventually turn out to be helpful? What if the disappointment could soon lead to a valuable gain?

Step back from your assumptions. Imagine differently, optimistically, with confidence and a positive perspective.

See your situation as it is. Then envision a whole set of favorable possibilities flowing out of it.

You have an opportunity here. The future has not happened, and what you do right now will have an impact on how your future plays out.

Acknowledge reality while also seeing the good things that can come from it. Now, get to work making those good things happen.

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

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 8-10-2018

Friday, August 10, 2018
Today's Gift

It may be those who do most, dream most. —Stephen Leacock

Where would we be without the dreamers of the world - the ones who took the time to balance on the edge of wonder? Amazing connections, powerful images, and creative ideas come to us in daydreams. They creep in when we least expect them, like sleek cats, and then make their presence known to us with a gentle pounce.

When we give ourselves permission to daydream - to sit for a while and do nothing but be quiet with our thoughts, we give ourselves a precious gift. And who knows, we just might be giving the world a priceless gift, too! Out of the seeds of some of our dreams, great ideas will blossom.

What first step can I take today to make a dream come true?



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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Keep It Simple

...the growth of understanding follows an ascending spiral rather than a straight line. --Joanna Field

We each are traveling our own, very special path in this life. At times our paths run parallel to each other. On occasion they may intersect. But we do all have a common destination: knowledge of life's meaning. And we'll arrive at knowledge when we've arrived at the mountain's summit, separately and yet together.

We do not go straight up the side of the mountain on this trip. We circle it, slowly, carefully, sometimes losing our footing, sometimes back-tracking because we've reached an impasse. Many times we have stumbled, but as we grow in understanding, as we rely more and more on our inner strength, available for the taking, we become more sure-footed.

We have never needed to take any step alone on this trip. Our troubles in the past were complicated because we did not know this; but now we do. Our lifeline is to our higher power. If we hang onto it, every step of the way will feel secure. The ground will be stable under us.

Action for the Day: I am on a path to full understanding. I am learning to trust the lifeline offered by the Universe and My Higher Power and my friends. As I learn, my footing is less tentative, and it supports me more securely.


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

Purpose and Power
Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual
make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream
world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied
by a growing consciousness of the power of our Higher Power in our lives.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 130

Thought to Ponder
A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift.

AA-related 'Alconym'
S O B E R = S
piritually On Beam; Everything's Right

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

Toward your dream
by Ralph Marston

It is surely a blessing that dreams do not instantly come true. For if your dreams were to immediately be fulfilled, you would never have the pleasure of dreaming them.

The anticipation of an achievement is an important part of the value of that achievement. Having something to look forward to gives enormous richness to life.

It is good to achieve your dreams, and yet it is also good to hold on to them, to nurture, refine and appreciate them before they have been reached. In so doing, by the time the dream is achieved, it has developed a real and profound meaning.

Working toward a goal is what makes that goal worth having. The fact that a dream has not yet been fully realized is what makes that dream so enticingly desirable.

Go ahead and dream big, wonderful, positive and intimately meaningful dreams. For they’re the ones that will get you to move diligently and persistently forward.

Your dreams will not come true in an instant, yet they can instantly begin to provide focus, direction, and a driving force. You can then enjoy each and every moment as you steadily bring those dreams to life.


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