Sunday, February 25, 2024

Feb. 25, 2024 - Readings in Recovery; Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation


Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:


Everybody encounters obstacles in life. There are the structural or societal obstacles that are difficult to break through unless you have the right amount of privilege and power. There are also the health and genetic obstacles that we can’t control. But what about the obstacles that we can control?

Usually, it’s easier to recognize external obstacles or limiting forces outside of ourselves than to acknowledge the obstacles that are self-imposed or self-created. Insecurity and self-doubt are the biggest self-imposed obstacles that I’ve had to overcome.

We can look at obstacles as signposts and indicators. We can observe them and be clear about them, but I’ve figured out the importance of not bulldozing or pushing through our obstacles. Rather, we can find a resting place to reflect and then design the best way forward. Sometimes obstacles are not meant to be overcome. I know this because I have been my own greatest obstacle throughout my life.

What obstacles do you face today? We may not be able to control all of them, but we can choose how we cope with them.

Hazelden Foundation

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