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As an alcoholic, I am prone to righteous indignation. My heart is pounding, my hands are shaking, the only cure seems to be unleashing the words that yearn to break free. But I have learned that the temporary satisfaction of letting all hell break loose will very soon be followed by deep regret, humiliating embarrassment, loss of respect and potentially permanent damage to a relationship. If I can pause for one moment before it is too late, I can stop myself. The words will burn my throat as I swallow them, my hands will sit on the desk, paralyzed and thwarted, and the rest of me will slowly, gradually find a way to settle down. Once again I am saved from my own impulsiveness. To begin my day by asking God to direct my thinking and pray not only for the people I have trouble with but praying for myself for Gods help to treat that person with love, compassion and mercy.

Whenever we get angry we have the Twelve Steps to guide us to safety. We learn to process the root fear that torments us into lashing out. We learn to accept. When I am under pressure and tempted to lash out, do I look to my spiritual program of recovery for answers? Millions of readers have found peace of mind through the inspirational philosophy in this little pamphlet: Acceptance. It is a classic comment on the perfect formula for contentment — the Serenity Prayer. Treat yourself to a copy, and give one to a friend in need of a little peace of mind.

I have been a little distressed lately by some of the sharing at discussion meetings I have attended. On several occasions, I have listened as AA members shared their anger or frustration regarding religious, racial, sexual, and political issues, that they apparently felt had contributed to their suffering. From the back of the room, I watched as people began to twist in their chairs and felt the tension rise in the room. Through the grace of my Higher Power and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I am sober today and have been for over eight years. One night, in early sobriety, while riding to a meeting with some of my new friends, an old-timer shared with us his belief that there are certain areas of discussion we should carefully avoid getting into at AA meetings.

We must avoid quick-tempered criticism and furious, power-driven argument. The same goes for sulking or silent scorn. These are emotional booby traps baited with pride and vengefulness. How many times have you responded to someone out of emotion, only to regret it later? It seems as though one of the hardest things in life to do is to keep the mouth shut when someone has injured our pride, questioned our integrity or doubts our good intentions. We want to fire right back at the offender, listing all of the reasons why we are right. The other person responds with more accusations or insults in a louder voice.



Restraint of Tongue and Pen!

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Restraint of Pen and Tongue

Jul Posted by themiracleisaroundthecorner. Restraint of tongue and pen is an expression commonly heard in the step meetings I attend. It is a reference to a paragraph in the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions :. Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen.

We must avoid quick-tempered criticism and furious, power-driven argument. The same goes for sulking or silent scorn. These are emotional booby traps baited with pride and vengefulness. Our first job is to sidestep the traps. With writing or speaking, staying quiet might be the best and most spiritual thing a person can do. There is also the irony that being still and quiet can require as much energy as speaking up. Silence can have a more significant and more positive impact then chiming in.

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