Oct. 12, 2018 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Worry and stress

“I’m learning it’s what I do with my today that counts,” said one group member. “I can make this a day to remember or a day to regret just by the kinds of thoughts I have about it.

“Let me explain what happened to make me realize this,” he continued. “Two days ago, I woke up grumbling about my sorry lot in life. My divorce, my bills, and a recent argument with a close friend haunted me. Throughout the whole day I nursed my woes and convinced myself that this was just another rotten day. And do you know what? That’s exactly what it turned out to be! Nothing went right. I even had a second argument with another friend who called to cheer me up.

“Yesterday, I overheard someone say that a person is made or unmade by what he thinks. I thought about this for a while and decided to try it out today. Instead of greeting the day with my usual, ‘Good God, morning!’ I consciously said, ‘Good morning, God!’ with the expectation that it would be a good day. And that’s what it’s been. I even called my two friends to apologize for my previous terrible mood, and I had a warm and friendly conversation with them both!”

TODAY I will lift up my thoughts. In expecting nothing but good to come to me, that is exactly what I will receive.

You are reading from the book:

The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes

The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes. © 1981 by Hazelden Foundation

2 thoughts on “Oct. 12, 2018 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation”

  1. Hi Christopher. I want to let you know that Scott is doing great. (He’s 54 and been drinking for decades) But he has been sober and no alcohol for 17 days and has attended AA every single day. He is dating my daughter so I really want him to get well. Thanks for your prayers!

  2. Thank you so much for the update …Scott HAS been in my constant prayers. Pass onto him this one thing that has gotten me through a lot of 24 Hours: DO NOT, NEVER FORGET the last drunk. When we forget it, we haven’t had our last one.

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