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Sept. 12, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

Today, I will not feed anger to poison my actions and words for which, inevitably, I will have to answer. If I forget I have only today and reach back into yesterday and resurrect some anger or resentment, justified or not, I will Let Go and Let God because I don’t WANT to add any excess baggage and I DON’T want to give power to an emotion that might derail me if I don’t control IT. If I get angry today, I will walk away from the source until I can think with reason and logic, without emotion. And if I get the chance to talk to a person who has made me angry, I will confine my words to how I feel instead of, “YOU made me feel …,” “YOU shouldn’t have …” and “YOU had no right …” In that context, I am risking taking another person’s Fourth, and the job as moral gatekeeper has been taken by a Power wiser and stronger than myself. As a drinking alcoholic, I had no control and let my anger gain the upper hand; today, as a recovering alcoholic, I have the choice to NOT allow anger to dictate my words and thought. Today, I choose to weaken any potentially lethal emotion by NOT feeding it. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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