April 3, 2016 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, April 3, 2016

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

When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
 — Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes we just want to yell. Maybe a family member or a friend messed up, and we want to “set them straight.” Start counting. Maybe we got chewed out at work and we want “to get even.” Start counting.

We can get drunk on anger. We may feel powerful when we “set someone straight.” But like an alcohol high, an anger high lasts only a short time and can hurt others. We must control our anger. This is why we count. Cool down. Think out what you need or want to say. Use words that you’ll not be ashamed of later. Learning how to respect others when we’re angry is a sign of recovery.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, teach me to respect others when I’m angry.

Action for the Day
Today, when I feel angry I’ll count. I’ll work at not controlling others with my anger.

You are reading from the book:

Keep It Simple by Anonymous

Keep It Simple © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation

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