Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
There is always a “but” in this imperfect world.
— Helen Keller
Often there is not a day that goes by without some tragic or upsetting news story. An act of terrorism, a natural disaster, or a school shooting can dominate the air waves and make it seem as if all there is in the world are tragedy, loss, and immeasurable sorrow. At those times when the world seems to be crashing down around you, you may be tempted to look at your addiction from a different perspective.
You may consider, for instance, how minor your addiction is compared to everything else that is going on. So you might tell yourself, “Okay, I think I have a problem with alcohol, But maybe my problem isn’t so bad after all.” Or you may think, “But all I did was just knock over a trash can when I was drunk. It’s not as if I killed someone.”
Maintaining sobriety can be an extremely difficult task. But you make it more difficult whenever you spend more time trying to find excuses than doing what it is you need to do in your recovery. While it is true that sometimes there is too much tragedy and negative news, such things should not be taken as reasons for you to take a break from your recovery.
Today I will not excuse myself from my recovery.
You are reading from the book:
Morning Light © 2011 by Hazelden Foundation