April 12, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

If the best man’s faults were written on his forehead, it would make him pull his hat over his eyes.
 — Gaelic proverb

When we deal with our faults and imperfections, we are dealing with the basic issues of being a person. We can become bitter and cynical about the imperfections of others, or we can realize every person is incomplete but growing, just as we are. The way we look at the faults in others and the way we look at our own are closely tied together. In our spiritual journey, we must begin with the premise that no person ever achieves perfection.

Perfection apparently is not what this life is about at all, since perfection is nonexistent. We are lovable, and we can love in the process of living our lives. Since we are not perfect, we have to be accountable. We must have standards for our behavior and hold ourselves to those standards, admitting our mistakes and making repairs where we can.

I will try to acknowledge my mistakes and give up the idea of ever becoming perfect.

From the book:

Touchstones by Anonymous

Touchstones ©1986, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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