Sept. 24, 2017 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

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

Sharing our experiences heightens our joy and lessens out pain

Not letting other people know what’s troubling us causes the problem to trouble us even more. “Secrets keep us stuck,” say the wise ones on our journey.

Sharing what’s on our mind with a friend or sponsor gives that person an opportunity to help us develop a better perspective. On the other hand, staying isolated with our worries exaggerates them.

Staying isolated with our joys isn’t helpful either. It minimizes them, thus cheating us out of feeling their full thrill. We deserve joy in our lives – lots of it – because we will have our full measure of pain. Perhaps we fear others will criticize us for being braggarts if we sing forth our joy. But our real friends will sing right along with us. Our joys are deserved; they offset our trials. Telling others about both will let all our experiences count for something.

I will remain open to my friends today, sharing both my worries and my joys.

You are reading from the book:

A Life of My Own by Karen Casey

A Life of My Own by Karen Casey. © 1993 by Hazelden Foundation

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