Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-12-2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Today's Gift

To do nothing is failure. To try, and in the trying you make some mistakes, and then you make some positive changes as a result of those mistakes, is to learn and to grow and to blossom. ~Darlene Larson Jenks

Life is a process, one that is continuously changing. And with each change, we are offered unexpected opportunities for growth. Change is what fosters our development as person. It encourages us to risk new behavior and may even result in some mistakes. Fortunately, no mistakes can seriously hinder us. In fact, most mistakes give us an additional opportunity to learn.

Where we stand today is far removed from our position last year, or even last week. Each and every moment offers us new input that influences any decision from this moment forward. The process that we're participating in guarantees our growth as long as we remain conscious of our opportunities and willingly respond to them. We can be glad that the life process is, in fact, never static, always moving, always inviting us to participate fully.

I will have the courage to make a mistake today. It's a promise of 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

Plan Plans, Not Results

Understanding that we do not have the power to control the results of our plans is an important step toward accepting reality. We do make plans, based on the information, experience, and insight which we have available to us. The outcome of our plans, however, is dependent on circumstances, which are frequently beyond our control.

When we accept the fact that the results of our plans are always in the hands of our Higher Power, we can relax and leave the outcome to Them. When we do not insist compulsively that life go according to our design, we are able to avoid the inevitable frustration produced by such an unrealistic attitude. However good our intentions, our designs are always finite and based on limited knowledge. We need to trust a Power greater than ourselves.

Our idea of what is best for ourselves and those we love may not always be right, according to our Higher Power's will. The faith that They will carry out Their design for us, even when we do not understand it, relieves us of much anxiety and frustration.

Action for the Day: Today I will leave results to my Higher Power and the Universe.


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

Only One Key
Practicing Step Three is like the opening of a door which to all
appearances is still closed and locked. All we need is a key,
and the decision to swing the door open. There is only one key,
and it is called willingness. Once unlocked by willingness, the
door opens almost of itself, and looking through it, we shall see
a pathway beside which is an inscription. It reads:
"This is the way to a faith that works."
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Three) p. 34

Thought to Ponder
Faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.

AA-related 'Alconym'

F A I T H = Found Always ITrusting our Higher Power


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

Let it go, let it be
by Ralph Marston

Maybe it’s okay when you don’t get your way. Maybe you can live with not having everything you want the moment you want it.

In fact, perhaps that’s a good thing. Perhaps your life would benefit greatly if you could take a step back from yourself and your desires.

Life becomes exhausting when it’s all the time all about you. How sweet it can be to connect with the beauty, the wonder, the mystery of not knowing, the power of detachment.

Your purpose, your goals, your objectives are important. Yet that’s no reason to wind yourself to the breaking point with anxiety.

You’re skilled at evaluating what happens and responding effectively to it, and that’s good. Just keep in mind that you also have the option to let it go, to let it be.

Live your life, live it well, with purpose, with dreams, with achievement. And magnify the value of all you do by being able, and willing, to let it go, to let it be.

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-11-2019

Monday, November 11, 2019
Today's Gift

Life has got to be lived--that's all there is to it. At 70 I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that, "This, too, shall pass!" —Eleanor Roosevelt

Wisdom comes with age, but also with maturity. It is knowing that all is well in the midst of a storm. And as our faith grows, as we trust more that there is a power greater than ourselves, which will see us through, we can relax, secure that a better time awaits us.

We will come to understand the part a difficult circumstance has played in our lives. Hindsight makes so much clear. The broken marriage, the lost job, the loneliness have all contributed to who we are becoming. The joy of the wisdom we are acquiring is that hindsight comes more quickly. We can, on occasion, begin to accept a difficult situation's contribution to our wholeness while caught in the turmoil.

How far we have come! So seldom do we stay caught, really trapped, in the fear of misunderstanding. Life must teach us all we need to know. We can make the way easier by stretching our trust--by knowing fully that the pain of the present will open the way to the serenity of the future.

I know that this too shall pass.


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

Have the courage to live; anyone can die.---Robert Cody

Living means facing all of life. Life is joy and sorrow. We used to be people who wanted the joy without the sorrow. But we can learn from hard times, maybe more than we do in easy times. Often, getting through hard times helps us grow. When things get tough, maybe we want to turn and run. Then, a gentle voice from within us say, “I am with you. You have friends who will help.” If we listen, we’ll hear our Higher Power. This is what is meant by “conscious contact” in Step eleven. As this conscious contact grows, our courage grows. And we find the strength to face hard times.

Prayer for the Day: I pray for the strength and courage to live. I pray that I’ll never have to face hard time alone again.

Action for the Day: I’ll list two examples of conscious contact” in my life.

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

Their Help
The notion that we would still live our own lives, our Higher Power helping a little
now and then, began to evaporate. Many of us who had thought
ourselves religious awoke to the limitations of this attitude. Refusing
to place our Higher Power first, we had deprived ourselves of Their help. But now
the words “Of myself I am nothing, my Higher Power doeth the works”
began to carry bright promise and meaning.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Seven) p. 75

Thought to Ponder
Take a walk with your Higher Power. They will meet you at the Steps.

AA-related 'Alconym'HOPE = Hang On! Peace Exists

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

Back up to speed
by Ralph Marston

Don’t despair that you’ve been knocked off track. Just resume what you were doing.

You had some good momentum, and then it was disrupted. That’s okay, because now you will get it back.

This is no time for blame or regret. This is your time to get back in focus, to get back on task.

This is your opportunity to get back in the zone of maximum effectiveness. This is when you can build even more momentum than you had before.

All is not lost, not by a long shot. All is ready and eager for you to get quickly back up to speed.

Realize that you can laugh at the disruption, and then be done with it. Know that your momentum and your good work are right here, ready for you to reclaim and exceed.

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


Friday, November 8, 2019

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-8-2019

Friday, November 8, 2019
Today's Gift

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. —Thomas Carlyle

Silence does not draw attention to itself. It is the ultimate in letting go and letting be. It is the opposite of the great dramatic event, so we easily forget silence is a basic means by which we grow. We live in a "can do" society that applauds a person of action who gets a job done. Perhaps we learned to think that being alone in silence is empty time with nothing happening.

In truth, some great things happen only by decisive action, but other great things happen only when we get ourselves out of the way and simply allow them to occur. It would be foolish to believe only in action and miss the benefits that come from quiet moments. When we withdraw from the hubbub of the world around us and quiet our minds, we are making room for great things to fashion themselves together.

Today, I will remember the importance of silence in my growth. I will set aside some of my busyness and be still.


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

Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them. --Alan Watts

As we live our very busy lives we might say, "How full and rich my life is!" But are we stopping long enough to look, to take in experiences, digest them, and grow from them? Or is our attention always focused upon the next event? Are we running from one thing to another, never truly being present in the current moment?

For spiritual deepening, many of us men do not need to enrich the events in our lives as much as we need to simplify and quiet ourselves. We need to slow down and look at what is here. At a banquet, we might appreciate a few fine foods served in a tranquil atmosphere more fully than a lavish variety served in a frenzied atmosphere. For today, we are not able to stop the hectic pace of the world, but we can slow ourselves down and notice and reflect upon our experiences. Then they will have meaning and value for us.

Action for the Day: Today, I will slow down. I will notice what my experiences are and give myself time to look.


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 Chronic Alcoholic
"I have never seen one single case recover, where that state of mind
existed to the extent that it does in you." Our friend felt as though the
gates of hell had closed on him with a clang. They said to the doctor,
"Is there no exception?" "Yes," replied the doctor, "there is.
Exceptions to cases such as yours have been occurring since early
times. Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had
what are called vital spiritual experiences."
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 27

Thought to Ponder

When all seems lost, hanging on a little longer
never fails to bring mysterious help.

AA-related 'Alconym'
A A W O L = A A W
ay Of Life


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

Worry is a waste
by Ralph Marston

Worry is a waste. Find something better to do.

Worry achieves nothing, and it eats up your precious time. Let go of the worry, and use the time to create some real, meaningful value in your world.

Instead of worrying that the worst things will happen, work to make sure the best things happen. Instead of worrying about whether someone will give you a break, work to put yourself in a position where you don’t need a break.

It’s smart to act on your concerns, but foolish to simply worry about them. The best way out of worry is action, so find something positive you can do instead of letting the worry build.

You have the wonderful ability to act and to make a difference. As such, it makes absolutely no sense to worry.

The next time you feel worry, stop it immediately and start taking action. Whatever may or may not happen, you can turn it into something great.

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


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 11-7-2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Today's Gift

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou 'canst not then be false to any person. —William Shakespeare

True to Ourselves

To thine own self be true. A grounding statement for those of us who get caught up in the storm of needs and feelings of others.

Listen to the self. What do we need? Are those needs getting met? What do we feel? What do we need to do to take care of our feelings? What are our feelings telling us about ourselves and the direction we need to go?

What do we want to do or say? What are our instincts telling us? Trust them - even if they don't make sense or meet other people's rules and expectations.

Sometimes, the demands of other people and our confused expectations of ourselves - the messages about our responsibilities toward others - can create a tremendous, complicated mess.

We can even convince ourselves that people pleasing, going against our nature and not being honest, is the kind, honest thing to do!

Not true. Simplify. Back to basics. Let go of the confusion. By honoring and respecting ourselves, we will be true to those around us, even if we displease them momentarily.

To thine own self be true. Simple words describing a powerful task that can put us back on track.

Today, I will honor, cherish, and love myself. When confused about what to do, I will be true to myself. I will break free of the hold others, and their expectations, have on me.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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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

That suit is best that best suits me.---John Clark

How mush time do we spend trying to “fit in”? Many of us used to care to much what other people thought about us---our clothes, our ideas, our work. Did we drink the right brand, drive the right car, listen to the right music?

In our program, we still have to watch out for fads and peer pressure. We have to ask ourselves if we’re really in touch with our Higher Power. Are we searching for a sponsor who has inner peace

and direction? Or do we look for people who are like our old using friends? As we learn to find our own way of following our Higher Power, we need to be okay with being different.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me be the best me I can be today.

Action for the Day: Today, I’ll work to be me---honestly me---to everyone I meet.

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

Consequences
The almost certain consequences that follow taking even a glass of beer
do not crowd into the mind to deter us. If these thoughts occur, they are
hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time
we shall handle ourselves like other people. There is a complete failure
of the kind of defense that keeps one from putting their hand on a hot stove.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (There Is A Solution) p. 24


Thought to Ponder
The first drink has the last say.

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

Put structure to positive use
by Ralph Marston

Structures can be confining. They can also be supportive, and even liberating.

If your life has no structure, you have very few limits on what you can do. Yet you lack any kind of reliable foundation from which to act.

Language, for example, is highly structured. To successfully use language, you have to learn a lot of rules, and acquire an extensive vocabulary.

That’s very demanding. However, within the demanding structure is the opportunity for rich, meaningful communication with others.

Perhaps you feel you are being held back by certain physical, social, or professional structures. But maybe you’re choosing to see just the limitations, and not the opportunities.

A powerful structure can work against you or in your favor, depending on the perspective you choose. See if you can put the structures in your life to positive use, and align their power with your best interests.

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