Aug. 9, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

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

The crow that mimics a cormorant gets drowned.
 — Japanese proverb

When we are young we are vulnerable to the images of success that surround us – in sports, in politics, and in our social life. We watch our heroines and heroes perform, and we strive to emulate them. When the cormorant dives from a hundred feet, we’d love to follow.

As we get older, many of us don’t manage to find out who we really are because we’ve been too busy trying to imitate others – in our dress, our way of talking, our business deals, our preferences, and our tastes. We often aped those who were considered “with it” at the time.

It’s healthy to have role models, but they should reflect our true, emerging selves, and not be at the other end of the spectrum. As crows, we’d look silly diving from a hundred feet. Our challenge in recovery is to find out who we are and who we can be and go after that with all our energy. There’s nothing wrong with being a crow.

I want to strive with all my heart to be myself.

You are reading from the book:

Answers in the Heart by Anonymous

Answers in the Heart © 1989 by P. Williamson and S. Kiser

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