Jan. 17, 2018 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

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

 An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

 — Orlando A. Battista

In our lives, we have always been drawn to extremes. If it isn’t white, it must be black. If a little bit feels good, we take a lot. If we are going to do something, only perfection is good enough. So if we don’t win, we lose, and if we can’t do it perfectly, we feel like a failure.

In this program we learn to seek progress, not perfection. And we can only make progress by trial and error. We learn nothing if we don’t try new things and sobriety the moment we decide to enter this program of recovery. When we surrender to our powerlessness over our addictions and codependency, we have to begin to learn how to live in a new way. It doesn’t just happen all at once. So when we take our errors and our slips and agree to learn from them, we become stronger in our sobriety.

Today I accept my imperfection as a permanent condition, and I will keep coming back to the program of recovery.

You are reading from the book:

Wisdom to Know © 2005 by Hazelden Foundation

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