Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
He who helps a friend in woe is like a fur coat in the snow.
— Russian Proverb
We came in from a very hard life when we came into recovery, kind of like coming in from a blizzard in Siberia! The old life was dangerous, cold, and lonely, and it forced us to use all our energy just to survive. Sooner or later it would have killed us. We were definitely in woe.
Someone – a family member, a friend, a boss, a probation officer – offered us a chance to get sober. That person saved our life, as surely as if he or she walked out into a blizzard and wrapped around us like a fur coat. Thanks to our Higher Power, we accepted the help this time.
In the future we will have the chance to help others who are still out there freezing in the blizzard of addiction. We can offer them the kind of help that saved our life. We can’t make them accept our help though. We just keep it handy, like a fur coat, in case they reach out to accept it.
Prayer For The Day
Higher Power I am willing to help another addict. I will be ready when You put someone in front of me.
Is there an alcoholic or an addict in my life I wish I could help? I realize that my example is the best way to show them recovery. I will talk with my sponsor about this person and how I am best able to help him or her today.
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God Grant Me. . . © 2005 by Hazelden Foundation