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Dec. 7, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:


Your body is tense. Your face is somber and serious, ready to deliver the news. You may be slightly breathless. There’s a crisis. It may be real. Or it may be self-created.

Like an audience in a sports arena, we watch the events of life or even The Weather Channel drumming up reactive responses. Fear. Sometimes panic. Oh my God, what if.

I called my daughter in this frame of mind one morning, ready to report on the latest current event in my life. I barely had three words out of my mouth when she interrupted me. “You’re talking in your drama-addiction tone.”

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I’ve probably said this prayer out loud a thousand times, and silently twice that amount. It’s called the Serenity Prayer, not the Courage Prayer, not the Wisdom Prayer. That is because, no matter what we’re doing, before we receive courage or wisdom, serenity needs to come first.

You are reading from the book:

52 Weeks of Conscious Contact by Melody Beattie

52 Weeks of Conscious Contact © 2003 by Melody Beattie

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