Sept. 17, 2017 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

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

Flowers, Not Weeds

When addiction took hold of my son, it grew and spread like a thick, thorny vine, twisting and turning and choking him tight. But it didn’t stop there. It kept right on creeping. It crept and crawled its way into my mind, making me sick too. In an Alice in Wonderland kind of way, my sickness is a distorted reflection of his sickness. How sick is that?

I faded, I weakened. I lost my sense of self. Blamed, judged, and berated, I became consumed by the guilt and negative thoughts heaped on me by both myself and others. My common sense and rational thought became warped.

The truth is, negative thoughts and negative people can’t take root in my life if I don’t let them. My life is like a garden–what grows here is in my control. Unwelcome seeds may drift in on the wind, and renegade runners may sneak in under the fence, but I can pull out the things I don’t want in order to make room for the flowers.

Stop watering the weeds in your life and start watering the flowers.

Anonymous

You are reading from the book:

Tending Dandelions by Sandra Swenson

Tending Dandelions © 2017 by Sandra Swenson

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