Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Accepting those things we cannot change frees us
It’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s lives. Assuming that we know what’s best for them seems so natural. Many of us have excelled at being caretakers, but it’s time to back off and let our loved ones fend for themselves. That means letting them make their own decisions and live with their own consequences.
We can’t change other people. Certainly we have made others feel guilty enough so that they have given in and done things our way. And we have won many power struggles. But ultimately we can’t claim ownership of anyone else’s mind, and we aren’t the stewards of anyone else’s life. We may feel diminished by our lack of control initially, but in time we will love the freedom of living only our own lives. The extra time we’ll have and the peace we’ll know will comfort us.
I will experience many moments of relief and peace when I let others be their own stewards.
You are reading from the book:
A Life of My Own by Karen Casey. © 1993 by Hazelden Foundation