Nov. 22, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Today‘s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

One forgives to the degree that one loves.
 — La Rochefaucould

We all get hurt by other people sometimes. When this happens, we have choices. We can get angry and stay that way. We can act like it didn’t hurt and try to forget it. We can act like a sad sack and hold a grudge. Or we can forgive.

We first have to think about how someone hurt us. It often helps to talk to the person, to tell the person that he or she hurt us. We then tell the person what we’d like from him or her to help set our relationship straight. Then we let go.

This is what forgiveness is: (1) loving ourselves enough to stand up for ourselves, (2) loving others enough to point out their behavior, and (3) letting go.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, help me lovingly forgive those who have hurt me.

Action for the Day
I will list five persons who have hurt me. Have I forgiven them? I will talk to my sponsor about it today.

You are reading from the book:

Keep It Simple by Anonymous

Keep It Siimple © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation

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