Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
It is the act of forgiveness that opens up the only possible way to think creatively about the future at all.
— Father Desmond Wilson
Today is full of endless possibilities and dreams. In many cases, we are limited only by our fear and lack of hope, in others and ourselves. Each new day we are given a clean page to live in our book of life.
What freedom we find when we choose to practice the art of forgiveness. Forgiving others and ourselves will allow us to step into this new day as free human beings. What can really hurt us in the present if we have the key to daily forgiveness? What could our friend, boss, or enemy possibly say that would be worth the emotional price of on-going resentment?
Freedom is a gift we give ourselves every time we choose not to react to a hurtful comment. Holding on to old resentments keeps our creative energy trapped and stifled. Our choices are these: new freedom or old resentment. We choose new freedom. It is the gift we give ourselves when we choose not to let the sun rise on yesterday’s script.
Today let me forgive everyone and anything – past and present – that might distract me from my spiritual growth.
You are reading from the book:
Body, Mind, and Spirit © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation