Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
What is defeat?. . . Nothing but the first step to something better.
— Wendell Phillips
A man walks into a meeting. He says, “I surrender. I can’t drink like other folks.” We smile and welcome him. We know that feeling. All of us in the program must admit defeat. Our illness is more powerful than we are. We begin recovery when we surrender.
Admitting defeat is our first step into a beautiful world. Like all first steps, it’s hard. But what a world we find ourselves in! A world where we count! A world where all are really equal!
This first step brings us into God’s world of care. We get love. We give love. We stay sober because daily we admit defeat.
Prayer for the Day
I surrender. I can’t drink and use other drugs. I’m different. Higher Power, help me surrender daily.
Action for the Day
Every so often, I need to admit defeat and talk about what it was like, what happened, and where I am now.
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