Sunday, May 15, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Speak when you’re angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
— Lawrence J. Peter
When we used alcohol or other drugs, most of us were hotheads. We thought we were right. If we were proven wrong, we may have made life hell for everyone. People knew enough to stay away from us.
In recovery, things will still go badly at times. We’ll get hurt. And we’ll get angry. But now, our anger no longer controls us. We also turn over our anger to our Higher Power. In our groups, we talk about what makes us angry. Then we leave the anger behind when the meeting is over. We find that being at peace is now more important than getting even.
Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, when I’m angry, help me slow down. Help me remember it’s okay to be angry, but it’s not okay to abuse people.
Action for the Day
I will remember a time when I turned anger into rage and hurt someone. I will also remember a time I was angry in a respectful way.
You are reading from the book:
Keep It Simple © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation