Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
Defining good in my life is up to me.
We’ve heard, “Life is as good as we make it,” but this sounds far too simplistic. We look at friends, family, and co-workers and often see much unhappiness. If it’s up to us to make life good, why do so few take advantage of the opportunity?
It’s not that we don’t want happiness. All of us do. But many of us mistakenly think happiness comes from outside ourselves. For example, when other people shower us with love, we’re happy. When the boss compliments our work, we’re happy. On the other hand, relying on our inner wisdom to tell us we’re worthy and believing we are worthy are untapped skills for most of us. Fortunately, we are in the right place to acquire these skills.
Twelve Step programs will teach us, if we are ready to take responsibility for our own happiness. Our program friends are learning how to rely on their inner wisdom and their God, and we are learning from their example.
It’s really only a simple change in perspective. It’s looking within, not without, for knowledge of our worth. There’s no mystery to it. We can do it just as they are doing it.
I will monitor how I evaluate my experiences today. Living peacefully and happily is up to me.
You are reading from the book:
A Life of My Own by Karen Casey
A Life of My Own by Karen Casey. Copyright 1993 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.