Aug. 22, 2017 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

. . . (the king) can deprive them of the benefit of sun and rain, . . . and they are at the same time pelted from above with great stones, . . . while the roofs of their houses are beaten to pieces.
 — Jonathan Swift

How do we punish those momentarily gone wrong? Do we try hurting with words – jab them in the heart with some spear-shaped phrases, slap them in the face with an insult or two? Maybe we like to poison them with a strong dose of silence. Have we tried to make them feel bad by making them feel sorry for us? Do we remind them daily that what went wrong with our lives is really all their fault?

We must remember that we are the rulers of our own lives only, and this knowledge gives us the power to punish only ourselves. It also gives us control over our lives, so that others’ actions need not wrong us, and we need not punish.

Have I been punishing someone?

You are reading from the book:

Today’s Gift by Anonymous

Today’s Gift © 1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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