Thought for the day

Few people have been more victimized by resentments than we alcoholics. it mattered little whether our resentments were justified or not. A burst of temper could spoil a day and a well nursed grudge could make us miserably ineffective. Nor were we ever skillful in separating justified from unjustified anger. As we saw it, our wrath was always justified. Anger, that occasional luxury of more balanced people, could keep us on an emotional jag indefinitely. These emotional “dry benders” often led straight to the bottle. Other kinds of disturbances -jealousy, envy, self-pity or hurt pride- did the same thing. In all these situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere. We need not be discouraged when we fall into the error of our old ways, for these disciplines are not easy. we shall look for progress not perfection.(pp 90-1 “Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradition”) Humility, never forgetting who and what we were when we began this recovery process, an attitude of gratitude and the lack of wisdom found in the Serenity prayer. let these be the foundation, the building blocks with which we go about constructing today and I bet, yes I bet today might just be a better day. Respectfully Charles Stallings

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