Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.
–G. Wilhelm Leibniz
To desire personal happiness is normal and healthy. Most of our plans, choices, and dreams about the present and future regarding jobs, relationships, and hoped-for achievements are geared to make us happy. It’s never wrong to want happiness; however, to receive it at someone else’s expense or to selfishly steal it from another will result in sorrow. And our greatest happiness will visit us when we least expect it – when we are attentively seeing to another’s happiness.
Doing for others – perhaps shopping for a friend who is ill or aged, maybe offering child care to an overworked parent, or cooking a surprise meal for a lonely neighbor – will never fail to heighten our own pleasure.
You are reading from the book:
Worthy of Love by Karen Casey
Worthy of Love by Karen Casey. Copyright 1985 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of Hazelden.