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Aug. 23, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

As the twig is bent, the tree inclines

A positive self-image is critical to our recovery. Why? Because it is the glasses through which we look, the gloves with which we touch, the door by which we enter into a relationship with life. Self-image is not who we really are, but a combination of what we wish we were, who we’re afraid we are, and who we imagine other people think we are.

We act out in detail the role we’ve assigned ourselves in this world. That role, our self-image, works like a key that either fits or doesn’t fit a world full of locked doors. Different keys open different doors. And some doors lead to bad places, as we all know. It isn’t easy to change keys, but it is infinitely worth it. One reason is that we always pass our self-image on to our children; they know us too well to be fooled. If we want our children to walk tall, laugh happily, and sing joyously – we ourselves must do these things for them to see.

Today, I pray for the courage to challenge my tendency to discount myself. All my strong points will be very clear to me today.

You are reading from the book:

Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty

Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. © 1987, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation

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