Driving Yourself Mad?
Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.~Clarendon~
Perpetual anger about anything will only make YOU miserable, not the person or thing that it is directed against…and it serves absolutely no purpose in resolving a conflict. Anger, bitterness and resentment can also be leading causes of physical and mental illness. Do you think it’s really worth all that? Do you feel like you’ve been wronged, and simply can’t forgive it? Let it go…and you will find that YOU have been the one set free!!! There is a line in the Big Book of AA that states “Nothing will lead an alcoholic back to a drink faster than an unresolved resentment”. It is not by accident that when beginning a fearless and moral inventory of ourselves the number one step is to list and deal with our resentments. It is the poison of the soul! Anger is a luxury better left for those not trying to recover from any sort of addiction. It is the favorite elixir of those wish to live in the shackles of their own mind.
Thought for the day
Do I need to work on any unresolved resentment (no matter how old) that continues to roar its ugly head? If indeed I do have 1 or 2 resentments that just will not go away, have I given those to the Lord, my God? If they still remain do I need to pray for that person(s) for 2 weeks straight as my sponsor tells me? Can I do that for my own benefit or do I love that resentment more than I love myself?
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth. ~Psalm 37:8,9 (NKJV)~
But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feelings toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips! Be gentle and forbearing with one another, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so you must also [forgive]. ~Colossians 3:8,13 (Amp)~