Sept. 25, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


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The Serenity Prayer

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

A thousand eyes, but none with correct vision.
 — Isacher Hurwitz

William Shakespeare referred to envy as the “green sickness.” There are only losers in the game of envy. When we envy someone else, we have judged ourselves and found something lacking.

Lack of self-love is the soil in which envy grows. Envious people are never satisfied. Self-pity is never sitting far from envy. We feel sorry for ourselves for what we don’t have. Self-pity is like a swamp, the longer we stand in the muck, the more we stink.

Concentrating on what we do have is the perfect antidote for envy. Every one of us has our own special gifts and talents. We find these by looking at ourselves instead of looking at others. By becoming grateful for what we have, we can rejoice in ourselves.

Today let me be grateful for what I have.

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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