Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Reflection for the Day
“How does The Program work?” newcomers sometimes ask. The two answers I most often hear are “very well” and “slowly.” I’m appreciative of both answers, facetious as they may first sound, because my self-analyzing tends to be faulty. Sometimes I’ve failed to share my defects with the right people; other times, I’ve confessed their defects, rather than my own; at still other times, my sharing of defects has been more in the nature of shrill complaints about my problems. The fact is that none of us likes the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, and the confession of shortcomings, which The Steps require. But we eventually see that The Program really works. Have I picked up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at my feet?
Today I Pray
May God keep me from laying out my defects by comparing them to someone else’s. We are, by nature, relativists and comparers, who think in terms of “worse than. . .” “not quite as bad as. . .” or “better than. . .” May I know that my faults are faults, whether or not they are “better than. . .” others’.
Today I Will Remember
Bad is bad, even when it is “better than.”
You are reading from the book:
A Day at a Time © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation