Friday, December 10, 2010

Taking my own inventory




todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for these excerpts from Step 10 (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions) ...

... when a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion -- anger, fear, jealousy, and the like.

... Our inventory enables us to settle with the past.

... It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.

... We have found that justified anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it.

... Few people have been more victimized by resentments than have we alcoholics. It mattered little whether our resentments were justified or not.

... Nor were we ever skillful in separating justified from unjustified anger. As we saw it, our wrath was always justified.

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
- Marianne Williamson



6 comments:

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Good (wincing) reminders today.

So grateful for an awesome group of friends who "know" me and can call me on that stuff.

Also grateful for a sponsor who I run the big stuff by regularly.

Grateful that God grants me the consciousness as I need it, to see these things as true and move to rid myself of more fears and faithlessness.

:) dAAve you are one of the bright spots of the day!

Syd said...

I agree with Jess. This is a great reminder for me. Even when someone else is spouting anger at me, I don't have to retaliate. Thanks Dave.

Scott said...

I can sure relate to alot of this dAAvid! Thanks for the reminders... all vital for my own peaceful sobriety!

Bill said...

Easy to comprehend in the rooms...hard for me to live by in the world. Practice makes progress.

Jeremy said...

Beautiful reminders, Thank you!

Mary Christine said...

It takes a lot of practice, doesn't it?