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July 28, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Live big!
 — Brady Michaels

Sometimes, that’s the best advice we can hear. Win or lose succeed or fail, go for it, and go all the way. As my flight instructor told me on the first day of flying lessons, “Keep one hand on the throttle and one hand on the yoke.” “Aahhhhh!” I would say during my early lessons as the plane lifted into the air, but I kept the throttle pushed all the way in.

There are times when it’s wise to be cautious. And there are times when the best thing we can do – the only thing we can do – is go for it by living big. Ask her out. Request the raise. Say no – and mean it. Learn to drive a racecar or climb a tall hill. Learn to snorkel or surf. Dreams remain dreams until you act upon them. Then they become real life.

Will you throw a few coins into the beggar’s cup, or will you bring him a hamburger and fries from the local fast-food place? Will you do an average job at work, or will you look for ways to go big – really give it your best – in the everyday areas of your job? Will you put your all – your heart and emotions – into the relationship with the people you love? Will you wait for another, more convenient time to pray, or will you start genuinely trusting God?

You don’t have to get a life. You’ve already got one. Live it, and live big.

God, help me let go of my fear and timidity, and learn to live big.

You are reading from the book:

More Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

More Language of Letting Go © 2000 by Melody Beattie

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