June 1, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

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

Seize the opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.
–Bulgarian proverb

Through laziness or inattention, we often miss opportunities to grow. Maybe we don’t play our hunches or listen to our intuition. Maybe we see an opportunity but fail to act because we’re not sure it’s what we ought to do. An opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream has appeared, but we don’t trust our good fortune. A chance has come to use our talent to help someone, but we don’t know how the person will handle it, so we do nothing.

And we rationalize. We decide it’s a frivolous impulse, a whim that’s not worth our attention. We decide it couldn’t be our Inner Guide.

God seldom takes us by the scruff of the neck and pulls us to our next destination. God provides the opportunities; it’s up to us to seize them. God talks to us; it’s up to us to listen.

Today I’ll be on the lookout or God’s opportunities.

You are reading from the book:

In God’s Care by Karen Casey

In God’s Care by Karen Casey. © 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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