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July 15, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Today’s Gift from Hazelden is:

I was forced to live far beyond my years when just a child. Now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely.
 — Mary Pickford

We can all learn to change our lives so the child within each of us can live in balance with the people we have become. We can learn to give the child a voice, let the child play, let the child express needs and fears and pleasures.

We might look at our old baby pictures for a valuable lesson. We will see pictures of ourselves on rocking horses, grinning and waving; pictures of ourselves with our most precious toy – a crude metal car, perhaps; pictures of ourselves rolling in the grass. The lesson we learn is that it doesn’t take much to make this child happy – even today.

We keep our own happiness safe inside us to call on whenever we need it, as long as we keep a healthy relationship with the child within. When we nourish the child, we can be assured the child will also nourish us.

What simple thing will make me happy today?

From Today’s Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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