Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 10-18-2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Today's Gift

don't go by the rule book... I lead from the heart, not the head. Princess Diana

Throwing Out the Rule Book

Many of us feel like we need a rulebook, a microscope, and a warranty to get through life. We feel uncertain, frightened. We want the security of knowing what's going to happen, and how we shall act.

We don't trust life or ourselves.

We don't trust the Plan.

We want to be in control.

"I've made terrible mistakes about my choices, mistakes that nearly destroyed me. Life has really shocked me. How can I trust myself? How can I trust life, and my instincts, after where I've been?" asked one person.

It is understandable that we fear being crushed again. We don't have to be fearful. We can trust our self, our path, and our instincts.

Yes, we want to avoid making the same mistakes again. We are not the same people we were yesterday or last year. We've learned, grown, changed. We did what we needed to do then. If we made a mistake, we cannot let that stop us from living and fully experiencing today.

We have arrived at the understanding that we needed our experiences - even our mistakes - to get to where we are today. Do we know that we needed our life to unfold exactly as it did to find ourselves, our Higher Power, and this new way of life? Or is part of us still calling our past a mistake?

We can let go of our past and trust ourselves now. We do not have to punish ourselves with our past. We don't need a rulebook, a microscope, a warranty. All we really need is a mirror. We can look into the mirror and say, "I trust you. No matter what happens, you can take care of yourself. And what happens will continue to be good, better than you think."

Today, I will stop clinging to the painful lessons of the past. I will open myself to the positive lessons today and tomorrow hold for me. I trust that I can and will take care of myself now. I trust that the Plan is good, even when I don't know what it is.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

Time is a circle. The end is the beginning.

Day by day, a year comes and goes. Today's end is the beginning of the rest of our lives. We take with us what we have learned today. We are the same and not the same.

As long as we are alive, we will continue to wrestle with questions, seek answers, and solve problems. Let's be gentle with ourselves and others, choosing to respond with non-judging love and acceptance instead of unrealistic demands of perfection.

We have found a blueprint for recovery. Our preoccupation with not enough and too much has led us to a spiritual solution. Each day brings us new opportunities to express our development - a more patient response to a traffic jam, the ability to empathize with a child's embarrassment, the acceptance of a disappointment. Today is another day to learn how to be serene, to nurture body and spirit so that we may function as an integrated totality. We will continue to learn and grow toward recovery.

Action for the Day: I will begin and end today by listening to my inner voice.

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

One Day At A Time

It Matters
We could cheerfully perform humble labor without worrying
about tomorrow. If our circumstances happened to be good,
we no longer dreaded a change for the worse, for we had
learned that these troubles could be turned into great values.
It did not matter too much what our material condition was,
but it did matter what our spiritual condition was.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 121 - 122

Thought to Ponder
Spirituality is not based on logic, it is faith-driven.

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

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Enjoy the unenjoyable
by Ralph Marston

Getting out of a warm bed into the cold morning will be uncomfortable. Yet you’ll quickly adjust, and will in fact be thankful and satisfied about getting an early start on the day.

Introducing yourself to that new person will be a little awkward. However, you’ll soon have a new acquaintance whom you’ll enjoy knowing.

Whatever you know you must do, go ahead and do it. Stop wasting your time and energy putting it off or overthinking it.

You may not get it perfect, yet you can get it done. It may not be the most pleasant experience you’ve ever had, but you’ll certainly survive.

And in fact, the more unpleasant it is, the better you’ll feel when you get it over with. So go ahead, do yourself a great big favor, and get it done.

Jump out of that bed, make that dentist appointment, write that report, hop on that exercise bike, and get it all behind you. Enjoy getting the unenjoyable stuff done, and discover there’s nothing that can stop you.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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