Meditation for the Day
I should strive for a friendliness and helpfulness that will affect all who come near to me. I should try to see something to love in them. I should welcome them, bestow little courtesies and understandings on them, and help them if they ask for help. I must send no one away without a word of cheer, a feeling that I really care about them. God may have put the impulse in some despairing one’s mind to come to me. I must not fail God by repulsing that person. They may not want to communicate with me unless they are sure of a warm welcome.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may warmly welcome all who come to me for help. I pray that I may make them feel that I really care.
From Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Many of us were oppressed and victimized as children. As adults, we may continue to keep ourselves oppressed.
Some of us don’t recognize that caretaking and not setting boundaries will leave us feeling victimized.
Some of us don’t understand that thinking of ourselves as victims will leave us feeling oppressed.
Some of us don’t know that we hold the key to our own freedom. That key is honoring ourselves, and taking care of ourselves.
We can say what we mean, and mean what we say.
We can stop waiting for others to give us what we need and take responsibility for ourselves. When we do, the gates to freedom will swing wide.
Today, I will understand that I hold the key to my freedom. I will stop participating in my oppression and victimization. I will take responsibility for myself, and let others do as they may.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie