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Oct. 1, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Self Pity

“Poor little ol’ me.” The PLOMS. How often do we succumb to this temptation? Usually it’s an excuse for not doing what we know we should do, but do not want to do. Or it’s a way to manipulate someone else into doing something for us which we should be doing ourselves. If we spend our time moaning and groaning about how unfairly life is treating us, we do not have much chance of discovering the plan which our Higher Power has for us, nor are we able to carry out God’s will.

Trite as it may sound, the cure for self-pity is to think about those who are less fortunate and start counting our blessings. Taking some action, doing some small thing for someone else, perhaps a phone call — these are constructive steps to take us off the “pity pot.”

When we begin to feel sorry for ourselves, let’s remember where we came from and what things were like before we found the program.

I don’t need self-pity.

You are reading from the book:

Food for Thought by Elisabeth L.

Food for Thought by Elisabeth L. © 1980, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation

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