April 11, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Sharing is healing
 — Cathy Stone

It’s not easy to share the intimate details of our lives. We have guarded our secrets for years. But now it’s suggested that we tell our secrets to people whose names we barely know. That’s certainly not the way we were raised, and listening to others reveal their awful truths startles us initially. However, we can’t help but notice how much better than us other people seem to feel. We eventually understand that the more we open up, the less encumbered we’ll feel by the past.

The magic in sharing our experience, strength, and hope with others is hard to define. We simply know that when we do it, we feel relieved of our burden and we help someone else feel less isolated. We have come together because we want to get well.

I will make sure I’m not keeping something to myself today that’s causing me pain. Whoever I share it with will be helped too.

You are reading from the book:

A Woman’s Spirit by Karen Casey

A Woman’s Spirit by Karen Casey. © 1994 by Hazelden Foundation

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