Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 4-26-2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Today's Gift

7 things negative people will do to you. They will... 
1. Demean your value;
2. Destroy your image
3. Drive you crazily!
4. Dispose your dreams!
5. Discredit your imagination!
6. Deframe your abilities and
7. Disbelieve your opinions!

Stay away from negative people! ― Israelmore Ayivor

Some people are carriers of negativity. They are storehouses of pent up anger and volatile emotions. Some remain trapped in the victim role and act in ways that further their victimization.

Negative energy can have a powerful pull on us, especially if we're struggling to maintain positive energy and balance. It may seem that others who exude negative energy would like to pull us into the darkness with them. We do not have to go. Without judgment, we can decide it's okay to walk away, okay to protect ourselves.

We cannot change other people. It does not help others for us to get off balance. We do not lead others into the Light by stepping into the darkness with them.

Today, Universe, help me to know that I don't have to allow myself to be pulled into negativity - even around those I love. Help me set boundaries. Help me know it's okay to take care of myself.

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

Self-care is how you take your power back. – Lalah Delia

It's healthy, wise, and loving to be considerate and responsive to the feelings and needs of others. That's different from caretaking. Caretaking is a self-defeating and, certainly, a relationship defeating behavior - a behavior that backfires and can cause us to feel resentful and victimized - because ultimately, what we feel, want, and need will come to the surface.

Some people seem to invite emotional caretaking. We can learn to refuse the invitation. We can be concerned; we can be loving, when possible; but we can place value on our own needs and feelings too. Part of recovery means learning to pay attention to, and place importance on, what we feel, want, and need, because we begin to see that there are clear, predictable, and usually undesirable consequences when we don't.

Be patient and gentle with yourself as you learn to do this. Be understanding with yourself when you slip back into the old behavior of emotional caretaking and self-neglect.

But stop the cycle today. We do not have to feel responsible for others. We do not have to feel guilty about not feeling responsible for others. We can even learn to let ourselves feel good about taking responsibility for our needs and feelings.

Action for the Day: Today, I will evaluate whether I've slipped into my old behavior of taking responsibility for another's feelings and needs, while neglecting my own. I will own my power, right, and responsibility to place value on myself.


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

We Have Recovered
You may already have asked yourself why it is that all of us became so very ill from drinking.
Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking—"What do I have to do?" It is the purpose of this book to answer such questions specifically. We shall tell you what we have done.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 20

Thought to Ponder
Sobriety is the adventure of a lifetime. And it begins the moment we ask AA for help.

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

Allow yourself to care
by Ralph Marston

Do you feel you’ve become disconnected from what truly matters? Today gives you the opportunity to find your way back.

Purposeful living requires great effort, and it can be all too easy to avoid that effort. Yet the longer you go without any commitment to purpose, the more you find yourself yearning for it.

You may have every pleasure, every comfort, every convenience instantly delivered to you. Yet without purpose, without meaningful effort to make a difference, it all feels so empty.

Within that very feeling of emptiness is the desire, the determination to live, to act, with purpose. Go on past the emptiness, and connect once again to all you value, all you care about, all you love.

Today, allow yourself to care, because it is what you always long to do. Though it can be painful, requiring much work and sacrifice, it is who you are, it is what fulfills you.

You have great, meaningful work to do, and nothing will feel better, deep within, than devoting yourself to it. Today, remember what matters, and how it is worth all you can give it.

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

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