Monday, February 19, 2024

Feb. 19, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation


Monday, Feb. 19, 2024

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

My thoughts guide my day. Noticing how I awake can help me save the day.

— Kelley Vickstrom

We may envy friends who seem happy and peaceful. Why aren’t they troubled as we so often are? The fact is, we can take actions to become more content too. One of the simplest is to ask our Higher Power for a positive attitude before we even throw back the bed covers.

Being in charge of what we dwell on is easier than we might imagine. We can practice the art of focusing our minds on the positive. Begin by stopping a thought, any thought, in midsentence. Think, instead, of how lucky we are to be in recovery. Focus on a blessing that is obvious today. Any time an unhealthy thought surfaces, drop it, replacing it with a blessing. This can become a way of life if we make the choice.

We have felt enough pain and experienced enough harm. Today can be much better. And it will be, if we carefully select our thoughts.

I am as happy as I truly want to be todayNo one can steal peacefulness from me if that’s what I really want.

Hazelden Foundation

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