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March 28, 2016 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Monday, March 28, 2016

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

The cause is hidden, but the result is known.
 — Ovid

We know it’s coming before we do it. Our boy[girl]friend dumps us and we devour the ice cream. We don’t get the promotion so we head for the bar. We have a fight with our spouse and treat ourselves to a new leather jacket – at his or her expense. We decide that because we’re feeling bad anyway, we might as well take full advantage of it. We figure the worse we feel, the more entitled we are to the indulgence.

This type of behavior starts a cycle. The worse we feel, the more we want to self-destruct. Let’s face it – our actions are usually premeditated.

We think about the ice cream, the drink, or the leather jacket until we can get to it. During the planning stage, we can shift gears. We think it through. We know we have a choice. We decide to do something healthy instead of destructive.

Today I will make only healthy choices for myself.

You are reading from the book:

Letting Go of Debt by Karen Casanova

Letting Go of Debt © 2000 by Hazelden Foundation

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