repost: beyond recognition

This post from 12 the hard way is right on the money for me today.

I’m getting everything wrong-sized in my head, then taking that attitude into everyday situations.

I don’t know about its placement in the Steps per se, but I’m pretty sure there needs to be one that specifically says: “Oh, and do something about your anger issue, Greg.”

Admittedly, I’m a mess. And simply quitting drinking won’t do a damn thing about that; I got that. And the Steps, as they are written, aren’t going to solve every little problem in my life; I got that, too. Yeah, yeah, I know. drinking is a disease. Fine. What if I don’t have a disease? Maybe my drinking is driven by unresolved anger and resentment, and I need some real help in dealing with it.

Have I ever think about that?


Oh, well. Read this stuff. Food for thought from Paul W.

12 the hard way

If I know that most of my thoughts and strongly held beliefs are nothing more than constructs used by my disease to keep me miserable, isolated and alone, waiting for the day when everything’s finally been torn down for good, so that I may spend the rest of my days in a self-made prison, then why do I give it so much credence?

Step 4: made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

I’ve clung to the idea of “constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves” since I first heard it read in a meeting.  If there was ever a sentence that could set me apart, separate me from the rest and therefore keep me special, this was it.  It’s the one time where the program itself shrugs its shoulders at the lost causes.  Hey, some people are just fundamentally broken.  Tough love from the…

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