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Aug. 19, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Unconditional love corresponds to one of the deepest longings, not only of the child, but of every human being.
 — Erich Fromm

Feeling the need to be perfect to ensure we’ll be loved is as familiar as the robin’s whistle heralding spring. Am I too fat to be loved? Do people think I’m dumb when I speak out? Mistakenly, we feel unique in our struggles with our fears of inadequacy, thus we fail to find comfort among friends and strangers who share our selected fears.

If we could understand our sameness with others, we’d be able to feel the gentle urging within to acknowledge their presence, their smiles, and their messages, which are assuredly meant for our ears only. Their desire, like our own, is for the promise of love.

Unconditional love wants expression; pass it around and watch it return tenfold.

You are reading from the book:

Worthy of Love by Karen Casey

Worthy of Love by Karen Casey. © 1985 by Hazelden Foundation

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