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June 22, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Monday, June 22, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

If a man can carve something out of wood, he is just as much a creator as a man who works with words.
 — Clara Glenn

It’s really not what we do in life that matters, but how we do it. To more clearly understand this, let’s take an example. We can all remember dreading a project that needed doing – maybe mending some pants or replacing a screen in the back door. First, we couldn’t find our glasses to thread the needle, and then we stuck ourselves with the needle, drawing blood that promptly got on the pants. Or we hit our index finger with the hammer as we attempted to install the new screen. Our recollections are endless. Interestingly enough, our personal attitudes always directly controlled the success we had with the project.

What does this mean to us now? It suggests that if we are fully attentive to whatever we pursue, our experience of it will be significantly different. We are competent to handle anything that needs our attention. In most cases, we’ll be more than competent. And if we have a real desire to do the job, we’ll excel at it, providing we give it our undivided attention.

I am a creator of something today. Maybe it’s a friendship or a poem. They are equal in the eyes of God.

You are reading from the book:

Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey

Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey

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