Sept. 29, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.
 — G. Wilhelm Leibniz

To desire personal happiness is normal and healthy. Most of our plans, choices, and dreams about the present and future regarding jobs, relationships, and hoped-for achievements are geared to make us happy. It’s never wrong to want happiness; however, to receive it at someone else’s expense or to selfishly steal it from another will result in sorrow. And our greatest happiness will visit us when we least expect it – when we are attentively seeing to another’s happiness.

Doing for others – perhaps shopping for a friend who is ill or aged, maybe offering child care to an overworked parent, or cooking a surprise meal for a lonely neighbor – will never fail to heighten our own pleasure.

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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