AA Thought for the Day
March 25, 2018
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It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness.
To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while.
But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience,
this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 66
Thought to Ponder
Resentment is like acid, eating away at the vessel it is stored in.
F E A R = Frustration, Ego, Anger, Resentment.
A Member Shares:
Chris, Alcoholic. If I continue to relive hurts and hates, I will hurt and hate myself. After years in the dark of resentments, I have found the sunlight. I must let go of resentments; I cannot afford them. I read this somewhere once I think it was in a Daily Reflection, and I wrote these next words in my journal. Before I joined Alcoholics Anonymous I lived in fear of everything, and in order to combat that fear I acted in ways that only brought on more fear thus more drunkenness. This drunken existence resulted in the perceived harms that others perpetuated on me and I became overwhelmed with hatred and resentment. I found myself over and over again retaliating either by character assassination or out right abuse towards the ones that I resented. I was most assuredly spiritually sick. Coming into AA I was still fearful and because I was so resentful at the world and its people, that fear and self loathing was turned inward. I was lost in my own warped perceptions of reality. This was to gradually change as I embarked on Step work and entered into the world of the spirit. It did not come over night, but slowly. I was told that I had spent much of my life as a resentful person and drank as a way of a way of coping, until I drank because I had to. Subsequently I was informed, as I listened in meetings, that it would take time to clear up all my faulty perceptions and conceptions which rendered me a spiritual wreck. I listened and heard that in order to stay sober and have hope was through the action of working the Steps and coming to now look at only my part in the resentments. Like I heard in these meetings, anger is and resentment are the number one offenders to an alcoholic. So I better pay attention when it arises and do something like as spot check inventory see where it is coming from. As a result, I am relieved of the desire to drink today and am gifted with a life that is (for the most part) happy joyous and free.
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