Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
The Fox without a Tail
One day a fox became caught in a trap. In his struggle to free himself, he left his tail behind. On his way home, he devised a way to head off being made the butt of jokes. He trotted back into the forest and called together all the foxes.
“Foxes are much more attractive when they do not have a tail,” he said as he wiggled his stump. “Observe how sleek my appearance is. No longer will I have to pull burrs out of my tail. I am free – and you can all be free, too! It is time for all foxes to cut off their tails.”
“Nonsense!” an elder fox yelled out. “If you had not lost your own tail, my friend, you would not be urging us to lose ours as well. You must deal with your loss on your own.”
The Moral of the story: Do not trust all of the advice given by others.
Many in the program offer helpful support based on their experience. There are also those who give advice. Sometimes this advice is well-meaning and useful; other times it may seem suspect. Listen to the support, guidance, and advice you are given. But never let such information have a negative impact on your recovery.
I will listen to the advice I am given, but will make decisions that are right for me.
You are reading from the book:
Morning Light © 2011 by Hazelden Foundation