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Sept. 5, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Change of scene has no effect upon unconscious conflicts.
 — Edmund Bergler, M.D.

There’s no running away from the internal strife. Whatever haunts us must finally be confronted and resolved if we’re ever to grow and thus contribute to our world its due. When we keep secrets locked away, the secrets begin to keep us locked away as well.

It is folly, and yet entirely human, to think a new location, a new job, a new lover will cure whatever troubles us. The truth is, however, that whatever trips us up is at the same time trying to edge us forward to new awareness, and thus the next level of growth. Our troubles are tools for a strengthened foundation. Without them, we’d soon crumble.

When we consider the conflicts we encounter as opportunities for further development, they excite us rather than provoke anxiety. Changing our perspective can make the same scene appear quite new.

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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