March 27, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

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A Day at a Time
Monday, March 27, 2017
 
Reflection for the Day
Storing up grievances is not only a waste of time, but a waste of life that could be lived to greater satisfaction. If I keep a ledger of “oppressions and indignities,” I’m only restoring them to painful reality.

“The horror of that moment,” the King said, “I shall never, never forget.”
“You will, though,” said the Queen,
“if you don’t make a memorandum of it.” – Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking Glass”

Am I keeping a secret storehouse for the wreckage of my past?

Today I Pray
God keep me from harboring the sludge from the past – grievances, annoyances, grudges, oppressions, wrongs, injustices, put-downs, slights, hurts. They will nag at me and consume my time in rehashing what I “might have said” or done until I face each one, name the emotion it produced in me, settle it as best I can – and forget it. May I empty my storehouse of old grievances.

Today I Will Remember
Don’t rattle old bones.

Hazelden Foundation

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