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Good morning Bettie,

Sorry to log on after such a long absence and read about your troubles, but it is also good to see that you are still working on recovery and progressing in this positive side of your life. Diabetes may be a progressive disease that seemingly keeps advancing no matter what , but recovery does allow us to move forward and see progress unless we choose to let gambling take over again.

In a way I am a little reluctant to post to you, hoping that others will not feel slighted or forgotten; they are not, it is just that there are so many that have helped me it would be too difficult to post to or mention all. So my few post today is actually going out to all with gratitude for all that each has given me in my road of recovery. Thanks to all, my thoughts continue to be with each and every one here.

In reading some of your post I find that your comment above can relates to “Today’s thought from Hazelden” sent by Ken L and copied below, in that feeling sorry for yourself is not all bad if you accept and react to the reasons in a positive way.

God’s speed. Stay strong. Keep on keeping on.

Your friend Larry


Today’s thought from Hazelden

Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you’re going to do about it.
–Kathleen Casey Theisen

Recovery offers us courage to make choices about the events of our lives. Passive compliance with whatever is occurring need no longer dominate our pattern of behavior. Powerlessly watching our lives go by was common for many of us, and our feelings of powerlessness escalated the more idle we were.

Today, action is called for — thoughtful action in response to the situations begging for our attention. Recovery’s greatest gift is the courage to take action, to make decisions that will benefit us as well as the people who are close to us. Courage is the byproduct of our spiritual progress, courage to accept what we cannot change, believing that all will be well, courage to change in ourselves what we do have control over.

An exhilaration about life accompanies the taking of action. The spell that idleness casts over us is broken, and subsequent actions are even easier to take. Clearly, making a choice and acting on it is healthful. The program has given us the tools to do both.

Decisions will be called for today. I will be patient with myself, and thoughtful. I will listen closely to the guidance that comes from those around me.