April 26, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Today, wisdom yo appreciate the power of the spoken word, the one spewed in anger, fear, frustration or sarcasm and which can inflict more damage than any destructive act of my drinking days. Let me understand that a single wrong word can do hurt and injury that might not be healed by any amend I might make. And even if my amend or apology is accepted, the injury and hurt may cut so deeply in the person against whom the wrong word is spoken that something can still be lost permanently. I pray for guidance in the 12th Step that I practice all the Program’s principles in all my affairs, including not caving into the impulsiveness or anger of unleashing a word that is intended to impose hurt. Today, I think before I speak, especially if I am angry, frustrated or afraid, because I cannot unspeak it – and atonement may not be enough to repair the damage. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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