Resentments – Recovered 576

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When I first came into the program, I was told that looking at my resentments could be a journey of self discovery.  It could be a key to lasting sobriety.  

I had no idea what this meant.  

I just new I was pissed, jealous, and a victim. How was talking about resentments helpful?

What about you?

When you first came in, what were some of your resentments?

Resentment means to re-live a past injury,

To cultivate this memory, to protect it.

What are your thoughts about this definition?

How can let go and let God help?

What are your thoughts about resentments leading to self-pity?

Has this happened to you?

What was the effect?

Where does self pity lead you?

What are your thoughts about the relationship between resentment and humility?

How is humility the cure for resentments?

How does this relate to Step 7?

When you where new, who did you think was to blame for these resentments?

What were your thoughts that you are the one who may be the cause of your resentment.

That maybe you got the ball rolling?

When dealing with resentments now, what tools do you use?

What steps help? 

How do meetings help?

How is a sponsor helpful?

We have calls!  Want to take them?

Kurt from Canton

From Bronte

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Lets examine what the big book entitled Alcoholics Anonymous has to say about resentments


Resentment is the “number one” offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. In dealing with resentments, we set them on paper. We listed people, institutions or principles with whom we were angry. We asked ourselves why we were angry. In most cases it was found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ambitions, our personal relationships

Your thoughts, experience, hope


Whatever our protestations, are not most of us concerned with ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity?

Selfishness – self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.

So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making.

Your thoughts, experience, hope

p. 66

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. 

Your thoughts, experience, hope


We have listed and analyzed our resentments. We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people. We have listed the people we have hurt by our conduct, and are willing to straighten out the past if we can.

Your thoughts, experience, hope


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