Oct. 13, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

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The Serenity Prayer

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

When you do all the talking you only learn what you already know.
 — Anonymous

One of the secrets for finding answers to any emotional problem is to talk with fellow members we can confide in fully. We don’t need to look any farther than our sponsor or the members who are part of our recovery. We quickly find those who always hear with a complete understanding about how we feel.

Such friends are perfect listeners because they have suffered and survived the same types of problems. They are compassionate and sympathetic. They listen to us patiently while we completely describe our emotions. Only then do they share details about how they survived. Just knowing that they understand is comforting to us.

My listeners can’t solve my problems for me. But they do show how they used the tools that are available in the Program to work through the same kinds of problems.

From the book:

Easy Does It by Anonymous

Easy Does It © 1999 by Hazelden Foundation

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