Saturday, June 3, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Depression and Despair
Do we go about our daily work dutifully but joylessly? Have we settled for less in our jobs, homes, or relationships than we want? Have we substituted financial security or physical comfort for the freedom to pursue our heart’s desires?
Very few of us give ourselves the opportunities to explore our real interests and potentials. We “lock” ourselves into rigid ways of regarding the world and our options. We often settle for less than our highest aspirations because we have conditioned ourselves into thinking life is joyless endurance or survival at best.
In order to change the empty circumstances in our lives we need to change our limited thinking patterns. Instead of looking at life as a prison, we can view it as a smorgasbord of opportunities that are well within our reach. By exploring and sampling the choices before us we can discover which choices bring us inner satisfaction and increase our sense of purpose.
TODAY I will remind myself of what Roman philosopher Seneca said hundreds of years ago, “The great blessings of mankind are within us, and within our reach…”
You are reading from the book:
The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes. © 1981 by Hazelden Foundation