Aug. 11, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

The creative thinker is flexible and adaptable and prepared to rearrange his thinking.
 — A.J. Cropley

I’m in a crisis. I got myself into it — there’s no one else to blame. I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it yet; I’m going back and forth over the alternatives. I can’t think about anything else right now.

Your word “alternatives” is a helpful one. In most situations, we have more options to choose from than we can see at first. There usually is a “Plan B” if we’re willing to open ourselves to it.

When I was active in my addiction – and for a period of time in recovery as well – I frequently found myself in the middle of a crisis. The sense of always being in crisis comes from a refusal to see that we have choices. For example, we may leave on time for an appointment but find ourselves in a traffic jam cause by an accident. If lateness is the inevitable result, we can choose to punish ourselves with whatever lateness represents to us, or we can say to ourselves, “I guess the schedule I had in mind for today has been changed; I may as well accept it.” Without the additional burden of self-punishment, we can see things in perspective. Whatever happens, we don’t pick up our addictive substance or behavior. We can turn to our Higher Power in prayer and meditation to help us regain a sense of balance.

Today, I’m open to choosing among alternatives as I substitute the word “situation” for the word “problem.”

You are reading from the book:

If You Want What We Have by Joan Larkin

If You Want What We Have © 1998 by Joan Larkin

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