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