Sunday, May 7, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Progress, Not Perfection
— Alcoholics Anonymous slogan
We don’t expect our lives to be perfect. We don’t expect ourselves to be perfect. We just want to stop the insanity of addiction and begin to live lives that make sense.
We don’t expect to be perfect, but most of us do want to be good. We can actually live up to that goal now that we are sober. It takes a lot of work, and always seeing new ways to improve. Working the Steps helps us learn a great deal about how we can be better people. Having the love and support of our recovery friends and the guidance of our sponsor gives us the strength and help we need.
In fact, the work of being a good person brings many rewards. We invite spiritual teachers into our lives, we make true friends, we gain respect for ourselves, and we find that others respect us too.
Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, help me see today how I can pitch in to make things better in some way at work, at home, or for someone who needs a bit of kindness.
What’s one small thing I am willing to do in the next twenty-four hours to bring a bit of goodness to a situation? Call a friend who needs support? Bring flowers to work to brighten the day? Take time to really visit with a child? I will make a decision to do one special thing and do it!
You are reading from the book:
In God’s Care by Karen Casey. © 1991 by Hazelden Foundation