Friday, Oct. 21, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
“We admitted we were powerless…”
Accepting that we cannot control other people’s behavior is a huge step. We want what is best for them, don’t we? Can’t they see that? What we didn’t understand before finding this program was that each individual is on a unique journey. What appears to us the best course to follow may not provide the lessons another person is here to learn.
And it may be dawning on us that one of our key lessons is how to give up trying to control someone else. Sometimes we believe we can control others because our goading or shaming gets them to give in and go along with our demands. However, we’re really not in control. We are still powerless over them, and any time they want to make that clear, they will.
Accepting our powerlessness isn’t a hopeless feeling at all, once we understand it. It offers us profound relief from the burden of responsibility for another person’s life. In time this freedom will make us joyful.
Being in charge of only me today makes my day seem so much easier.
You are reading from the book:
A Life of My Own by Karen Casey. © 1993 by Hazelden Foundation