Friday, February 12, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-12-2016

Friday, February 12, 2016
Today's Gift

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have. —Abraham Lincoln

With too much focus on control, we have been preoccupied by our overemphasis on outcomes. We say winning is everything, and the way we play the game doesn't matter. We give honor to a person who has accumulated great wealth, regardless of how they have lived. We develop sexual problems because we focus on performance and achieving orgasm rather than on the joy of loving.

As our integrity grows, our emphasis changes. It is not crucial that we always be right, only that we be honest. We do not have to be winners or high achievers so much as we have to be real human beings. Conquest is not as important as connection. We do not always have to compare ourselves and be better than the next guy. We can exchange and appreciate the communication.

Today, I will grow in my relationships with others by being more true to myself and less driven toward a particular outcome.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©


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

There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing. —Mary McCarthy

We understand today ideas we couldn't grasp yesterday. We are conscious this year of details of our past that we may have glossed over at the time. Our blinders are slowly giving way, readying us for the truths we couldn't absorb before.

"When the student is ready, the teacher appears." And the teacher comes bearing truths that we need to assimilate into our growing bank of knowledge. The truths we may be given today, or any day, won't always make us happy immediately. We may learn that a job is no longer right for us. Or that a relationship has reached an end. And the impending changes create unrest. But in the grand scheme of our lives, the changes wrought by these truths are good and will contribute in time to our happiness.

Let's celebrate the truths as they come and trust the outcome to Higher Power. We are traveling a very special road. The way is rocky. The bends limit our vision, but we will be given all the direction we need.

Action for the Day: The truths I receive today will guide my steps. I shall move in peace.

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

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One Day At A Time

Humility for Today
We scarcely need be reminded that excessive guilt or rebellion leads to spiritual poverty.
But it was a very long time before we knew we could go even more broke on spiritual pride.
When we early AAs got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be, we coined this expression: "Don't get too damned good by Thursday!"
That old-time admonition may look like another of those handy alibis that can excuse us from trying for our best.
Yet a closer view reveals just the contrary. This is our AA way of warning against pride-blindness,
and the imaginary perfections that we do not possess.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 255

Thought to Ponder . . .
Anonymity is real humility at work.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Aware.

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Problems
by Ralph Marston

A life of success is not a life free of problems. A life of success is a life in which you acknowledge, accept and deal with the problems and challenges.

Achievement comes not from avoiding the problems. On the contrary, achievement comes from diving into problems and transforming them into positive, meaningful value.

Yes, there are plenty of negative influences in life over which you have no control. However, you have great control over what you think and what you do, so make positive, productive use of that ability.

Convince yourself, without the slightest doubt, that it is possible for you to move forward. Then act on your convictions, and do whatever is necessary to make real progress.

It will not be easy, but when all is said and done, easy is not really what you’re after. What you’re after is a life of meaning, fulfillment, joy and substance.

Instead of running or hiding from the problems, face them with confidence and positive expectations. You are worthy of the best, so work through every challenge and live the very best life you can envision.

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



Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-11-2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Today's Gift

Do, or do not. There is no "try." --Yoda, in The Empire Strikes Back

Trying is what we do when we aren't willing to make a commitment. We say, "I'll try," when our heart isn't ready to give a full effort. It's what we say when we can't admit that our resolve is wimpy. And it's the lie that will defeat us.

Some challenges we face can't be conquered simply by saying, "I will do it." But we can choose to do something that will help. We can't move the mountain but we can pick up some rocks. We can engage with the problem and get to know it better. Every action we take leads somewhere and sets us up for the next action. We even learn from our mistakes and that moves us closer to achieving our goal.

Today I will not just "try"; I will do something to move toward my goal.

From the book Wisdom to Know ©


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

Send me the right thought, word, or action. Shaw me what my next step should be. In times of doubt and indecision please send your inspiration and guidance. --Alcoholics Anonymous

The good news of surrendering ourselves and our life to a Power greater than ourselves is that we come into harmony with a Grand Plan, one greater than we can imagine.

We are assured to receive Divine Guidance if we ask for it. What greater gift could we receive than knowing our thoughts, words, and actions are being directed?

We aren't a mistake. And we don't have to control or repress others or ourselves for life to work out. Even the strange, the unplanned, the painful, and those things we call errors can evolve into harmony.

We will be guided into understanding what we need to do to take care of ourselves. We will begin to trust our instincts, our feelings, and our thoughts. We will know when to go, to stop, and to wait. We will learn a great truth: the plan will happen in spite of us not because of us.

Action for the Day: I pray today and each day that my thoughts, words, and actions may be Divinely led. I pray that I can move forward in confidence, knowing my steps are guided.

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

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One Day At A Time

Awakening
As this power began to unfold new selves within me, a greater understanding of my fellowmen began.
With a new awakening each day -- new strengths, new truths, new acceptance of AA people and people not in AA -- a whole new world opened up. And every day it still does.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 45

Thought to Ponder . . .
A new world came into view.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Alive.

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Power of happiness
by Ralph Marston

Instead of seeking to be happy, be happy. Instead of waiting to be happy, be happy now.

Happiness is not something you must prove or justify. Happiness is not something for you to place conditions upon.

Happiness is yours when you simply allow it. You can do that at any time, in any situation, as often as you choose.

When you choose to be happy with life you choose to be highly effective at living it. You choose to be generous, creative, energetic and inspired.

Happiness feels good, and that’s not a trivial thing. When you feel good about life, about yourself, about others, you can do great things.

Stop resisting the power and possibility of happiness. Be happy, now, and be all you are meant to be.

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



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-10-2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Today's Gift

When I am lonely, I try to think of angels. --Betty MacDonald

We need comfort when we feel lonely. Loneliness is often coupled with fear. We wonder, Can I handle what faces me today? Often we think we can't. But we don't ever have to face any situation alone, or handle any painful relationship in isolation. The "angels" who guide and protect us are as close as our thoughts.

Life give us the freedom to define our Higher Power in any way that suits us. Believing our Higher Power is an angel satisfies our need to have someone watching over us, protecting us wherever we are, loving us despite our failings.

We are nurtured or harmed by the thoughts we carry in our minds. Imagining an angel or a ring of angels to walk us through each day relieves our loneliness and dissipates our fears.

I have a friend in my Higher Power. We'll be together throughout this day.

From the book A Woman's Spirit by Karen Casey. ©


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 didn't promise to be wonderful. ---Teddy Pendergrass

Life doesn't promise us anything, except a chance. We have a chance to live any way we like. No matter how we choose to live, we'll have pain and we'll have joy. And we can learn from both.

Because of our recovery program, we can have life's biggest wonder---love. We share it in a smile, a touch, a phone call, or a note. We share it with our friends, our partners, our family. Life didn't promise to be wonderful, but it sure is full of little wonders! And we only have to open up and see them, feel them, and let them happen.

Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me see the wonders of life today, in nature, in people's faces, in my own heart.

Action for the Day: I can help make a wonderful things happen for others, with a smile, a greeting, a helping hand. What "little" things will I do for somebody today?

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

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One Day At A Time

Dealing With Defects
If we ask, our Higher Power will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in no case do They render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation.
That is something we are supposed to be willing to work toward ourselves.
They ask that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 65

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

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Two choices
by Ralph Marston

When things go wrong, you have two choices. You can make things worse or you can make things better.

You can feel sorry for yourself or you can let the situation inspire you to take positive action. You can look for someone to blame or you can make a decisive move forward.

Just because you’ve been disappointed is no reason to add to that disappointment with your own actions. In fact, just because you’ve been disappointed is no reason to act disappointed.

Your actions are based on your choices in this moment, not on past history. Your actions are based on what you’ve decided to make of yourself, not on what life has dealt you.

What if you could emerge from the situation and be stronger, more positively focused, with a greater sense of purpose and unstoppable confidence? In fact, you can.

Make the choice that will ultimately benefit you and everyone else in your world. No matter how unfair or unjust or disappointing life may be, choose to look ahead, act ahead, live ahead and get ahead.

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



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-9-2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Today's Gift

We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach. The answer is simple: if you want something very badly, you can achieve it. It may take patience, very hard work, a real struggle, and a long time; but it can be done . . . faith is a prerequisite of any undertaking. . . . —Margo Jones

How many dreams have we let die? How many projects did we start, only to leave them unfinished? How many times have we promised ourselves, "This time will be different," but then didn't work to make it so? Negativity breeds more negativity. Fortunately, its opposite does likewise. Our attitude will carry us a long way. And a positive attitude will make all things possible.

We are meant for good living. But we must seek it out and be open to its invitation, be willing to put forth the necessary effort. Our dreams are our invitations to move forward, to strive for a further goal. And having faith in our ability to achieve our dreams will make easier the necessary steps.

We have been blessed with dreams, all of us. They are gifts meant to stretch our capabilities.

I can trust my dreams and aspirations. They are mine, alone, and special to me. Achievement is possible; faith and a positive attitude will ease my efforts.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©


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

Walk In Dry Places

Responsible activity

Getting started Today
For the average person, every assignment or day's work can have a disagreeable moment. The problem is getting started____ overcoming our fear of taking the plunge.

The real problem is deeper than the wish to avoid mere unpleasantness. Some of our resistance to getting started may be fear of failure. It could also be a deep-seated desire to live in a problem free environment, where all of our needs can be met without effort on our part. It can even be a desire to return to the quest for constant excitement and stimulation.

We need to know that our answer is in guidance and acceptance. If we have truly committed our will and lives to the care and keeping of our Higher Power, we will find the right path for each day's work. We can also accept any work or challenge that occurs, knowing it is part of a higher order for our lives. Our current situation may be depressing or boring, but it can easily be a stepping stone to our long-term good.

Action for the Day: I will meet today's challenges and responsibilities with gratitude and confidence, knowing that my Higher Power is guiding and directing my life.

From: Bluidkiti's Alcohol and Drug Addictions Recovery Help/Support Forums
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One Day At A Time

Believe
Some of us come to believe almost instantly; others take weeks or months; still others take years.
There is no set timetable, and there is no reason to feel guilty over inability to accept the Second Step immediately, with all its ramifications. On the other hand, though. . .
if we ignore it or kick it under the rug and hope it goes away, we cut the spiritual heart out of the program.
- The Best of the Grapevine [Vol. 2], p. 138

Thought to Ponder . . .
I came; I came to; I came to believe.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.

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

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Your outlook
by Ralph Marston

If you look for reasons to be angry, you’ll find plenty of them. Look instead for reasons to be joyful, and see them everywhere.

This day, this world, the events and people in it will reflect yourself back to you. Give joy, love, respect, understanding, creativity and good cheer, and get back much of the same.

Choose to be hopeful and you’ll find yourself putting your hopeful outlook into action. Almost like magic, you’ll also find yourself connected to others who share your positive perspective.

Even your small corner of the universe is so stuffed full of motion, objects, ideas, events and other stimuli you can’t possibly comprehend it all. Out of limitless possibilities, you choose your outer experiences based on your inner stories.

What kind of stories are you repeating to yourself? Are they stories of fear and despair, or stories of hope, of love, of giving and sharing and achievement?

Your outlook is more than just what you think of the world. It is what you make of the world, of your life, and you have every reason to make it the best you can imagine.

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



Monday, February 8, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-8-2016

Monday, February 8, 2016
Today's Gift

Reaction isn't action - that is, it isn't truly creative. —Elizabeth Janeway

We must learn how to act rather than react. Unfortunately, we've had lots of training at reacting. And we're all such good imitators. We are a society of reactors. We let the good or the bad behavior of another person determine our own behavior as a matter of course. But the opportunities are unlimited for us to responsibly choose our behavior, independent of all others in our life.

Change is ours, if we want it. A scowl from a spouse need not make us feel rejected. Criticism at work doesn't have to ruin our day. An inconsiderate bus driver might still be politely thanked. And when we decide for ourselves just how we want to act and follow through, self-esteem soars.

If we are put-down, it may momentarily create self-doubt; but when we quickly reassure ourselves that all is well and respond with respect, we grow. A sense of well-being rushes through our bodies.

Being in command of our own feelings and our own actions, prevents that free-floating anxiety from grasping us. We are who we choose to be. And new adventures await us.

The opportunities to react will be many today. But each time I can pause, determine the action I'd feel better about, and take it. My emotional health gets a booster shot each time I make a responsible choice.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey ©


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

However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole. --Muriel Rukeyser

We can expect to feel fear, even dread at some points in our lives. We will always have situations that, for a time at least, seem more than we can bear. But the clouds will lift. We are never given more than we can handle, and with each passing day we become more at ease with ourselves and all that life gives us. We are learning that "this too shall pass." Our confidence grows as our spiritual program gains strength.

Our ties to one another and our ties to the program make us whole. When we reflect on who we were and how far we've come, we will see that problems we drank over in days gone by are handled today and often with ease. The joy we share is that no problem is too great to be faced any longer. And no situation will ever have to be faced alone, unless we reject our Higher Power's help.

Action for the Day: I will be grateful for my growth toward wholeness and the opportunities I face today. They are bringing me into harmony with the Divine plan for my life.

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

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One Day At A Time

Action
My AA way of life now demands constant action --
an active self-honesty and recognition of the necessity for living in day-tight compartments.
Patience must be practiced. In gratitude, I must humbly come to believe every moment of every day.
Each day, I must surrender and rededicate my life, or I shall lose all that I have gained. I have always believed in my Higher Power,
but I must never forget how easy it is to lose contact and to become again "unsane."
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 96

Thought to Ponder . . .
Grateful is a feeling. Gratitude is an action.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A B C = Action, Belief, Continue.

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

The power to act
by Ralph Marston

All the disappointments that have ever hounded you cannot equal the power of one positive action. Go ahead now and take that action.

Proclaim your confidence in the future by creating something good and useful with the present. Erase doubts by doing work and getting results that prove them wrong.

Thoughts, feelings, worries and opinions can get you down. Positive, productive action cuts through all that and lifts you up.

Don’t let a negative attitude prevent you from taking action. Do something, make a difference, and your attitude is suddenly much better.

If you feel helpless and ineffective, like there’s no point in doing anything, go ahead, do something anyway. You’re feelings will change.

Always, you have the power to act, and it can improve everything in your life. Use it to move solidly, again and again, in the direction of your dreams.

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



Friday, February 5, 2016

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 2-5-2016

Friday, February 5, 2016
Today's Gift

Pride works from within; it is the direct appreciation of oneself. --Arthur Schopenhauer

Pride, like all emotions, has two faces: one healthy and one sick. It is our challenge to use the healthy side well. Sick pride fills us with ourselves, looks down on others, and has no room for generosity. Healthy pride is heavy with humility. If we can feel joyful when we succeed, and tell others about it honestly, we are not being boastful.

Sick pride often keeps us from doing things because we are too proud to ask for help when we need it, or too proud to risk failure, or too proud to do anything that might not turn out perfect.

Healthy pride about our greatest victories always comes with the awareness that we did not do it all by ourselves. We had the aid, advice, and encouragement of loved ones. In all things that really count, we never walk alone. Even those who claim pride is not a virtue admit that it is the parent of many virtues.

What makes me proud of myself today?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©


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 believe that a sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification. --Peggy Cahn

It's okay to want to feel good all the time. Happiness is something we all deserve. However, there are often preparatory steps we need to take, a number of which will not bring joy, before we arrive at a place of sustained happiness.

The level of our pain at any particular moment has prompted us to seek short-term highs. And with each attempt at a quick "fix," we will be reminded that, just as with our many former attempts, the high is very short-term.

Long-term happiness is not the byproduct of short-term gratification. We don't have to earn happiness, exactly, but we do have to discover where it's found. How fortunate we are to have the program guiding our search. We will find happiness when we learn to get quiet and listen to our inner selves. We will find happiness when we focus less on our personal problems and more on the needs of others.

Many of us will need to redefine what happiness is. Understanding our value and necessity to our circle of acquaintances will bring us happiness, a happiness that will sustain us, and so will gratitude for our friends, our growing health, our abstinence also sustain us. Sincerely touching the soul of someone else can tap the well of happiness within each of us.

Action for the Day: I will find happiness. Searching within myself, I will patiently, trustingly share myself with others.

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

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One Day At A Time

An Open Mind
When I came to AA, I realized that my Higher Power was speaking to me through my group.
My mind was open just enough to know that I needed His help.
A real, honest acceptance of my dysfunctions took more time, but with it came humility. I know how insane I was, and I am extremely grateful to have my sanity restored to me and to be sober.
- Daily Reflections, p. 300

Thought to Ponder . . .
Minds are like parachutes -- they won't work unless they're open.

AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
T L C = Tears, Laughter, Caring.

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

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Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Freedom within
by Ralph Marston

Forgiveness eases the burden of resentment. Gratitude releases you from the need to need.

Love unbinds you from fear, anger and worry. Caring and generosity push away the despair.

Understanding liberates you from stale old assumptions. Kindness lifts you out of cynicism and disappointment.

Within you already is the power to escape whatever gets you down. Because within you is the choice to live with goodness and integrity, strength and responsibility.

The latest bright flashy gadget will not save you, really won’t even interest or entertain you much. The good values within, though, can light up the whole world.

Feel the power you have for spreading goodness, love, wisdom and all things that matter. Free yourself from within, and dance through life bringing joy to all.

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