April 26, 2017 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

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Step by Step
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Today, wisdom to appreciate the power of the spoken word, the one spoken in anger, fear, frustration and sarcasm and which can inflict more damage than any destructive act of my drinking days. Let me understand that a single 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 forever lost. I pray for guidance in the 12th Step to practice the program’s principles in all my affairs, including not caving into the impulsiveness or anger of unleashing a word that is intended to 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., 2017


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