Aug. 10, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

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

It is a long baptism into the seas of humankind, my daughter. Better immersion than to live untouched.
 — Tillie Olsen

We have each had days when we preferred hiding under the covers, avoiding life at all costs. And in times gone by, we did just that, sometimes too frequently. What we didn’t always know, and what we still forget on occasion, is that we have a ready and willing Partner who will join us in every pursuit.

The more fully we commit ourselves to one another and to all our experiences, the closer we will come to the very serenity we long for. Serenity accompanies our increasing understanding of life’s many mysteries. It’s easy to cheat ourselves out of the prizes any day offers us. Fear fosters inertia, leaving us separate, alone, even more afraid. But we have an appointment with life. And our appointment will bring us to the place of full understanding, the place where we’ll be certain, forever after, that all is well. And that life is good.

Today’s appointments are part of the bigger plan for my life. I will face them, enjoy them, and reap their rewards.

You are reading from the book:

Each Day a New Beginning by Karen Casey

Each Day a New Beginning by Karen Casey. © 1982, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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