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Aug. 6, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

If an idea, I reasoned, were really a valuable one, there must be some way of realizing it.
 — Elizabeth Blackwell

These words were written by the first woman who earned a medical degree. They’re useful to anyone who fears that their most precious dreams are doomed to failure.

If our dreams are valuable ideas, they will be useful goals. If they’re childish fantasies, they won’t, although those can be fun. It’s important to distinguish the ones we can achieve from the ones we can’t. The first kind will nourish us, like bread; the others, like candy, won’t.

We have a responsibility to those nourishing dreams, because they come from what’s best in us. Our responsibility is to live so that the dream might be realized. When dreams become goals, they have a way of calling us forth. Goals organize our lives, so that we may reach them.

Reaching my goal is never as important as the progress I make.

You are reading from the book:

The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg

The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. © 1983, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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