Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Feb. 20, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation


Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

It’s often safer to be in chains than to be free.

 Franz Kafka

Some days we wish we could have stayed in a nice, safe detox unit or treatment center forever. Our choices and decisions were easier, and the temptations were farther away. Freedom is a challenge for us. We can do anything we want with it. But we had better choose a path and do what we really want to do, or our freedom will be our downfall.

Why? Because living with our freedom is like riding a bicycle. As long as we are willing to pedal our bike, we can go many places. If we stop pedaling, sooner or later we will fall over. We can do many things with our lives as long as we are willing to do the work. We can coast a bit to rest, but too much coasting means we fall over or go downhill.

Our recovery program teaches us to pedal — to do the work we need to do to stay free – and to use our freedom in the best possible ways.

Prayer for the Day

Higher Power, thank you for the freedom to choose what I make of my life. Please guide me as I pedal and help me find my pace and my path.

Today’s Action

Today I will think about the times in my life when I enjoyed the ride. What choices was I making about how to use my freedom? What happened? I will talk about it with a friend and ask how it was for him or her.

Hazelden Foundation

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