Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
— Abigail Van Buren
How did we get so convinced that our way is usually best? That surely didn’t come from a lifetime of constant success. How did we get fixed in our thinking on a given issue? Not from a track record of first exploring all other alternatives.
This rigidity probably helped us survive childhood. But now it’s a wall that isolates us. It closes our minds off from ideas that are more in keeping with where we want to be. And it closes us off from people whom we would like to be with.
In recovery, we are noticing others who are not so fixed in their thinking. They don’t pass judgment or criticize quickly. Their tranquility is obvious, and we want more of it. Their openness lets them hear more from others, and that is the way to knowledge, change, and growth.
We find that listening to others is now a blessing, not a burden.
Today help me be open to the example of others.
You are reading from the book:
Body, Mind, and Spirit © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation