June 17, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

The greatest gift we can give another person is the gift of ourselves.

When we can share our deepest convictions and failures, our ideals and disillusionments, our hopes and frustrations, our dreams and despairs, our answers and our questions – then we are loving our neighbors as ourselves as well as “loving our enemies.”

A friend put it this way, “If I share the whole of me with you, I share the good as well as the bad. I don’t hide anything of myself from you, not in a deep friendship, or a deep marriage for that matter. By sharing some things I hate about myself, I’m loving my inside enemy. I’m telling you I’m still human and have a lot of growing to do. I’d love to tell you about all my good points, it would make me feel a lot better, but it wouldn’t be sharing all of me with you.”

TODAY I will concentrate on sharing my insides and outsides with another; I will listen to myself as I talk. I will not be satisfied if I sit on my laurels or wallow in my woes. I will improve myself by becoming aware of how I communicate to others.

You are reading from the book:

The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes

The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes. © 1981 by Hazelden Foundation

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