April 16, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Thursday, April 16, 2015 
 
Today, I start to forgive myself and let go of any guilt I harbor for failing or not getting the chance to make amends to someone who is no longer able to hear my apology. If someone I injured is not able to receive my amends, may God grant me the comfort in remembering the good I hopefully showed that person before active alcoholism inflicted its damage. And if I can no longer go to that person although I wish I could, let my amend be progress in recovery and not imposing injury or hurt on anyone else. Forgiving has to begin at home; without forgiving myself, I probably cannot “allow” anyone else to forgive me. Today, I take responsibility for harm I did the person to whom I can no longer make amends, and my sincerest apology may be to progress in recovery. There will be no amends if I let my guilt make me take up the bottle again. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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