Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit – and man is his own gardener.

–John Leonard

Evil thoughts and destructive attitudes are not forced on us by fate. They are choices we make as we act and react to events in our lives.

Before the Program, when negative things happened, our first reaction was to choose to react negatively: “Life’s not fair.” “Why did that have to happen to me?” “I hate them for doing that.” “I’m going to get even if it’s the last thing I do.” It is easy to react positively when good things happen. But we have often chosen to react negatively to even good events.

Good can be found in even the worst situations if we look for it. Bankruptcy can provide a fresh start. Defeat can allow rebuilding in a new and better way. Evil teaches us what is good. Death brings new life. Admitting our powerlessness finally gave us the freedom to make choices.

By choosing good thoughts and attitudes, the garden of my soul will thrive. By choosing bad ones, it will shrivel and die.

When we look in the mirror, who is looking back? Is it someone we like or someone we have grown to dislike? Is it someone weak and defective because of illness? Or is it someone good and decent in spite of it?

Ideally we see ourselves for who we are – with strengths and shortcomings, with abilities and limitations. Ideally, we see someone who has grown to accept and love him- or herself [illness and all].

When I look in the mirror today, who do I see looking back?

Thought for the Day

Accepting my limitations is a sign of health.

I’m grateful today that I am clean and sober. I am grateful that I have learned to take responsibility for my actions. I have learned to own my shortcomings. When I am resentful, I have learned that I need to look at my part. My actions are almost 100% of the time the reason why I am resentful. Learning to take responsibility for my part and learning to own it has helped me become a much happier person. There is no one else to blame. I am responsible for everything in my life.