Hazelden provides helpful quotes for people in addiction recovery. I’m a Nar-Anon member, but I find them quite often apt for abuse recovery.
Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
I’ve shut the door on yesterday,
And thrown the key away.
Tomorrow holds no fears for me,
Since I have found today.
— Vivian Yeiser Laramore
Feeling guilty or ashamed about the past – about what we did or did not do, about what happened to us, about who we were – can be our undoing. We must work long and hard in our recovery to work through these feelings, not to forget the past – for it informs all that we value in ourselves today – but to put the past into perspective.
After we’ve taken an inventory and grieved our losses we must forgive ourselves. In forgiving ourselves we can let go of the past and live in today.
With our program of recovery, looking back is not as frightening as it once was. And today we do not have to bear what we find alone.
A new year, a new life, can be ours. Love and friendship, support and spiritual growth are waiting for us today. Our yesterdays are over, and we can look to the future with joy and anticipation.
Today help me forgive myself for what’s past and learn to have faith in Your plan for me.
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