Aug. 16, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


serenity prayer 4Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Resolve to be thyself; and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
 — Matthew Arnold

We all have known the braggarts, the boastful ones who constantly toot their own horns. These people crave approval because they don’t yet approve of themselves. There are those who do the same thing but they’re not so noisy about it. The girl who says she’s ugly even though she’s pretty, or the guy who says he’s dumb even though he isn’t. These are not humble people. They are people who need to learn to approve of themselves.

We don’t have to be either of these people now. We can honestly look at ourselves and see our strengths and weaknesses for what they are. We don’t have to put ourselves down today. Best of all, we can now accept compliments graciously.

Today I will make an effort to accept myself.

From the book:

Our Best Days by Nancy Hull-Mast

Our Best Days by Nancy Hull-Mast. © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation

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