March 16, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Monday, March 16, 2015

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Say when it’s time to do that difficult thing

Sometimes, true windows of opportunity open in our lives. We get a chance to make that amend. The perfect time to end or resolve that relationship arises. It’s like a gift from God when that window opens up. All we need to do is gently step through. But sometimes, we need to help God open the window – especially when we’re working up the courage to do a difficult thing.

Maybe we’re waiting for just the right moment to end a relationship. Maybe we’re looking for an opportunity to make amends, tell someone we’re sorry about something we’ve done that’s caused that person pain. Maybe we have a new project we’d like to begin. Sometimes, we can passively wait, and wait, and that window just seems painted shut and stuck.

Ask God to help open the window, but do your part, too. Make a decision that you’re going to do it – whatever it is. Then let go, but not too long. Remember your decision. Remember your commitment to opening that window. Don’t force it, but focus your attention. You may begin to feel the slightest crack in the energy, that opening you need. Or you may have to wiggle the window frame, push on it just the slightest bit, to crack it open yourself. Then you’ll see it. You’ll feel it move. There. It’s open.

Help God open that window in your life by deciding to do it.

God, help me remember that the time doesn’t always feel right. Help me honor my deepest urges to do what I must to take care of myself.

You are reading from the book:

More Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

More Language of Letting Go © 2000 by Melody Beattie

One thought on “March 16, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden”

  1. Dear Christopher Forbes-MacNeil,

    Everyday, I can count on you to copy/paste Hazelden and other recovery references that can be already be found on numerous websites. It has become VERY annoying and takes away from thew pleasure of coming to this website. Copy/paste is not a journal and not helpful. I’ve often found that the quieter one is within their recovery, the more certain and strong it is. I would so much prefer to read about your personal success if you are in fact in recovery. I don’t mean to be rude but again, it is very annoying. Thank you.

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