June 29, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Monday, June 29, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy the type of misery you can live with.

 — Ziggy

We think to ourselves, “Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry about the washer breaking down?” “Wouldn’t it be nice to drive a reliable car?” “Wouldn’t it be nice to take a Caribbean vacation every year?” “Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to work?” If we had money, we think, at least we wouldn’t have to worry so much and could live comfortably.

True. Money buys external comfort – plush couches and chairs, luxury cars, beautiful environments. Money buys what comforts and soothes us on the outside. And, if we’re going to be miserable anyway, why not do it in comfort?

We remember that regardless of our surroundings, misery is misery. Unless we have the right attitude, we’ll find something wrong with whatever we have or don’t have. When we work on improving our inner world – on alleviating the real cause of our misery – we know true comfort. We know serenity.

Today I know that the better I get, the richer I become.

You are reading from the book:

Letting Go of Debt by Karen Casanova

Letting Go of Debt © 2000 by Hazelden Foundation

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