Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Having hope makes every day easier, more gentle.
From our first introduction to other men and women who have faced firsthand the illness of chemical dependency, we sense the spirit of hope in their words and in their faces. Some of us have had little or no hope for many years. It’s no wonder we initially doubt that our lives can change. We’re certain our struggles are different from the struggles that brought other people to this Twelve Step program. But we listen to their stories anyway. And slowly we learn that our paths are similar. Our problems are not unique, after all.
Having hope, we come to understand, is a decision. Other men and women have made this decision. We can too. In time we will also understand that hope makes it possible for us to expect more positive outcomes to our problems. It’s so often true that what we expect is just what we get. Looking on the bright side of life can’t make our struggles worse!
Having hope will open the door to my Higher Power today. Help is the by-product of hope.
You are reading from the book:
A Life of My Own by Karen Casey. © 1993 by Hazelden Foundation