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Jan. 10, 2016 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

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

Love is a positive feeling and if one cultivates this feeling in their life, they will surely free themselves from any unbalanced condition that surrounds them.
–Syd Banks

Anger, whether unfocused or triggered by a troubling experience or a hostile person, discolors our perspective through an afternoon or a full day, perhaps even a week. Our understanding of events is always directly related to the attitude we’ve chosen to harbor. No situation or person, however difficult, has the power to steal away our happiness without our passive consent.

So willingly we humans adopt negative attitudes. With grandiose egos, we resent rain pouring on our picnic plans or a friend’s illness canceling an engagement. Our choices for actions, feelings, or attitudes are far greater than those we habitually turn to. And it’s likely we know love least of all. But just as anger breeds more anger, love cultivates more love, and each life that’s touched by love profits from it.

When we make a decision to practice love unconditionally – loving ourselves, our neighbors and co-workers, even the snarling strangers sharing our traffic jam, we’ll quickly experience the miracle of love in our own lives.

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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