March 13, 2016 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

We wonder, “How can I ever say this?”

We need to be free to talk about anything in our intimate relationships. Some things are very hard to say – an old secret we have never told before, a feeling or an observation our partner does not want to hear, a mistake we made that calls for confession. We wonder, “How can I ever say this? How can I avoid hurting myself or my partner?”

Not all things need to be said at once. Readiness is the first part. We can get ourselves ready to speak. The second part is timing. When we are ready, we wait for a good moment to appear, a moment in which our message will fit. The third part is love. Honesty coupled with care and love is healing and strengthening. Some pain is necessary in a growing relationship, and we can tolerate it because it leads to more understanding and more peace of mind.

Think of one new thing you would like to tell your mate about your thoughts, feelings, or behavior.

You are reading from the book:

The More We Find In Each Other by Merle Fossum and Mavis Fossum

The More We Find in Each Other by Merle Fossum and Mavis Fossum

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