Saturday, March 18, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Complacency breeds old behavior and unnecessary problems.
“The Promises,” as suggested in the Big Book, clearly indicate that we have work to do if we want the rewards that are guaranteed in this program of recovery. Getting complacent, not using the tools that the program has taught us, opens the door to backsliding. Before long we are caught in the old game of manipulation: tension fills our lives again.
There are simple antidotes to complacency. Gratitude is one of them. Every morning we can take a few movements to appreciate all the goodness in our lives. Another powerful antidote is taking the time to consciously contact our Higher Power. God is always available to help us: we simply have to open the door. Sharing hope with others is perhaps the most powerful of the antidotes because it helps at least two people – ourselves and the listener who hears our story.
The Twelve Step program has made each of us a messenger for God. When we isolate, forgetting our role in this picture that’s unfolding, the old attitudes and behaviors return. We are told to be “painstaking” about our efforts. The benefits will match them.
I will be present to the others in my life today and will acknowledge God in all that I do. My conscientiousness won’t allow me to be complacent.
You are reading from the book:
A Life of My Own by Karen Casey. © 1993 by Hazelden Foundation