Sept. 15, 2018 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

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

Persons who habitually drink water become just as good gourmets about water as wine drinkers on wine.
 — Alexandre Dumas

How fortunate are those among us who have the ability to turn things around – to transform liabilities into assets. Life deals them lemons: they make lemonade, lemon pie, candied lemon peel. They seem to be able to assess the needs of the moment accurately and turn them to advantage.

We are all different. Success in life probably has more to do with expressing our uniqueness fully than with suppressing it and trying to resemble everybody else. Who is “everybody else,” anyway?

We can’t respond authentically to the moment if we’re concealing the truth. The truth for us involves our own unique package of qualities, our own experience and energy, our own way of looking at things. Freedom, for us, depends on the choices only we can make. The proper appreciation of water is a pleasure that demands discipline. We’re totally unable to experience this pleasure if we are wishing for wine.

Human beings share many characteristics. One of the most important is difference. Today I will cherish these differences as one of the bonds that joins me to others.

You are reading from the book:

The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg

The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. © 1983, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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