Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
Friendship with oneself is very important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
What do we need from a friend? Let’s think about that for a moment and see if it applies to how we treat ourselves.
Let’s start with the basics: A friend is for us, not against us. That means a friend won’t do anything to harm us if he or she can possibly help it. A friend is there for us when we need understanding, tells us the truth, and does the things he or she promises to do. A friend likes to be around us, thinks we are a good person, and believes we are honest. A friend shares what is going on in his or her life and cares about what is going on in ours. A friend does things to help us feel happy. A friend forgives us when we ask for forgiveness.
We do these things for our friends. And we do a much better job of them now that we are sober. But do we do them for ourselves? It’s a question worth thinking about: Am I a good friend to myself?
Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, help me pay attention to myself the way I pay attention to my friends.
I will have a little friend-to-friend visit with myself right now. How am I doing? What’s going on with me? Want to go for a walk and talk, catch up on things? How about going to the new exhibit at the art museum this weekend?
You are reading from the book:
God Grant Me… by Anonymous
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