AA Thought for the Day
April 25, 2021
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We saw that these resentments must be mastered, but how? We could not wish
them away any more than alcohol. This was our course: We realized that the
people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their
symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) pp. 66 - 67
Thought to Ponder
"God save me from being angry. Thy will be done."
P R O G R E S S = Prayers Release Our Grievances, Resentments, Envy, Selfishness, Self-Centeredness.
A Member Shares:
I'm an alcoholic, and my problem is Eric. "Our liquor was but a symptom." I was (can still be) a resentment farmer. I plant, provide water and fertilizer and they flourish. I spent the better part of my life drinking AT people. My father, mother, siblings, bosses, ex-wife...you name it. The fourth step literally saved my life, because I was drowning in my anger. When I looked at the relationships I had, as suggested by the BB...that perhaps they were sick too ... I was able to see that my resentments - real and imagined - were based on my applying standards of behavior to them that I could never possibly live up to myself. And if I couldn't, how fair was it that I expected others to meet that high bar? I was taught that forgiveness was the key and that forgiveness was something I needed God's help with. I learned that one definition of forgiveness is "to no longer be angry." Not that the behaviour was ok, but that my anger was the problem. So I prayed for the ability to no longer be angry...coming to believe that maybe...just possibly...they were sick, too. With God's help I have been able to be at peace with my past. I no longer live in the self-crushing anger I came into the program with. Because of that, and God's Grace, I am sober and (mostly...lol) recovered. Thankful to be sober and (mostly) recovered. Thank You, God, for my life.
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