Feb. 10, 2018 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

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

At 70, my dad is just like he was at 35 – only more so. It’s frightening that the same thing could happen to me.
 — Jerry Z.

More of the same gets more of the same. What we were given to practice, we practiced. What we practiced, we became. What we became, we are continuing to become – only more so – every day of our lives. We can do ourselves a favor by being aware of what we practice. Has the past taught us to withdraw? Think of how isolated we’ll be twenty years from now! Have we practiced generalized distrust? Imagine how deep the roots of fear are growing.

But there’s another side to that truth. If we practice finding beauty today, we’ll find twice as much beauty tomorrow. If we work on forgiveness today, tomorrow we may be free of resentments. If we choose to relate rather than isolate, we can walk with friends through all the years that stretch before us. What will the future bring us? Whatever we have invested in it.

I pray for the wisdom to see my future as largely the work of my own hands and heart. I pray for the courage to take responsibility for choosing my own direction.

You are reading from the book:

Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty

Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. © 1987, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation

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