Monday, July 16, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-16-2018

Monday, July 16, 2018
Today's Gift

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by. —Carl Sandburg

There is a song that says joy is like the rain. It comes across our windowpane and then goes away again. When joy comes knocking at our window we can reach out and let it in. Joy comes to us in many ways - through deep laughter, through games played together in a spirit of fun and sharing. Singing together, skating, and being around a campfire are all ways we share joy. Yet joy can also be felt alone.

Each moment of joy we reach for strengthens our spirits. Joyful memories can sustain us through days of long hard work. Like rain, joy comes and goes; yet its nourishment keeps our spirits alive.

How can I share my joy today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
The Promise of a New Day.jpg

From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Through spontaneity we are reformed into ourselves. Freed from handed-down frames of reference, spontaneity becomes the moment of personal freedom when we are faced with a reality, explore it, and act accordingly. --Viola Spolin

Living in the here and the now opens up untold possibilities for new growth. Our inner self is enticed in new directions when our attention is fully in the present. When our minds are still on last night's argument or tomorrow's board meeting, we wear blinders to the activity at hand. And the Universe, as our teacher and protector, resides in this experience, in the hearts of these people present.

Every single moment has something for us. Maybe a new piece of information. A piece that solves a problem that's been puzzling us. Perhaps a chance to make a new friend, one who will be there in a time of need.

Letting go of yesterday frees us. We need not be burdened. It is gone. Our lives could be eased, so much, if we kept our focus on the experience at hand, where the problems we ponder have their solutions. Always.

Action for the Day: I will greet today, skipping, smiling, ready for the answers, the truths, the directions meant only for me. The wonders of today will bless me.

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

One Day At A Time

Rest On Our Laurels
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.
We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol and drugs are subtle foes. We are not cured of alcoholism and addiction.
What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of our Higher Power’s will into all of our activities.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 85

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

AA-related 'Alconym'
F A I T H = F
acing All, Intuitively Trusting Higher Powers

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Fresh possibilities
by Ralph Marston

You’ve already lived yesterday. Don’t live the exact same day again today.

Many aspects of the past are comfortable and familiar, and you want to hold on to them. But holding on too tightly, too much, leaves room for nothing else.

Today brings fresh possibilities. Explore some of them.

Challenge yourself to add new substance, experience, and richness to your life today. Remind yourself that this is a unique day and you have the chance to live it in a unique way.

That doesn’t mean abandoning the habits and rituals that sustain your good life. Maintain continuity of the goodness, and add something new to it today.

Today is a unique opportunity. Live the opportunity thoroughly by filling this day with new and valuable experiences.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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