Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
Attitudes and Limitations
“My greatest limitations,” a member said, “are in my mind. Until I came to this group, I wasn’t even aware that many of the negative circumstances in my life were the direct result of my distorted attitudes.
“I brought myself a lot of unnecessary misery by thinking it was my responsibility to manage and direct other people’s lives. I believed it was solely up to me to make everyone else happy and secure. So I continually placed everyone else’s needs first until I didn’t know who I was or what I needed for my own happiness and comfort. It’s exhausting and insane to try to second-guess everyone. Not only that, it doesn’t give me or anyone else credit for being able to think, feel, or act for himself.”
Today I will not manage or direct other people’s lives, nor will I expect any other human being to fill my inner emptiness. I have the dignity, resources, and responsibility to fulfill my own life just as others have theirs. I will find my own sources of comfort, joy, and peace no matter what others do with their lives and free choices.
You are reading from the book:
The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes
The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes. Copyright 1981 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.