Oct. 1, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


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The Serenity Prayer

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Patience is needed with everyone, but first of all with ourselves.
 — Saint Francis De Sales

One night Sandra was having trouble putting a puzzle together. Angrily, she pushed all the pieces into a huge pile.

“I can’t do this,” she said. She got up and walked over to the couch and plopped down.

“Let me tell you a story,” said her dad, as he sat down next to her. “There was a daughter who helped her dad take care of her baby sister. Again and again, she helped her baby sister stand and try to walk. One day the daughter tried to put a puzzle together but gave up after only a few tries. She had forgotten how many times she had helped her baby sister.”

We are all like Sandra, sometimes. We forget to allow ourselves to fail, even though our growth up to now has been a series of failures that we’ve learned from. With patience, we allow ourselves to take chances we might not otherwise explore, and we widen our world of possibilities. Life has been patient with us so far, now it’s our turn.

What have I failed at that I can try again today?

From the book:

Today’s Gift by Anonymous

Today’s Gift © 1985, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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