Saturday, July 16, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
The Wolf and the Crane
A wolf had been eating when a bone became stuck in his throat. Soon, the pain became excruciating. He rushed to a pond, thinking water would loosen the bone. But he could not swallow. Frantic, he looked around and saw a crane watching him. “I would give anything,” he rasped, “if you would remove this bone from my throat. Your neck is long and your beak is strong. Please help me.”
The crane agreed. It lowered its neck and put its long beak into the wolf’s throat, removing the bone. “I would now like the reward you promised,” said the crane.
But the wolf growled. “It is enough that you have placed your head into my strong jaws, and I have spared your life. Be gone with you, or you will be my next dinner.
The Moral of the story: An enemy’s promises were made to be broken.
While making a fearless moral inventory, you may remember when you mistreated others, pushed them aside when they tried to keep you safe, or made promises you did not keep. Your promise today – to live a clean and sober life – can help you to make amends to them.
Today I will make a list of those who helped me and were always there for me, and I will make amends to them.
You are reading from the book:
Morning Light © 2011 by Hazelden Foundation