Lord grant me the serenity to trust you with the things you would have me be true to you.
Courage to take the next step you’d have me take.
And wisdom to know the difference.
Joe V., member of Depressed Anonymous
This is your Higher Thought for today.
I believe that by forgiving others and letting go of any grudges against any person or institution that I will find a source for ongoing, daily serenity.
“…actively not forgiving the person who injured you, spending much of your time, feeling and expressing your hatred, fantasizing and even carrying out acts of revenge, does not lead to a rich fulfilling life. Indeed, you become a lesser person that you might have been and you waste your life.” D. Rowe
CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
A terrible weight is removed when I rid myself of my resentments and I attempted to make a conscious decision to forgive others. First of all, I learn that in order to truly forgive I must get in touch with my feelings of anger and hurt. I want to feel those unpleasant emotions so that I can release them. By their appropriate expression, they no longer can hurt me or keep me depressed. The more I release my bottled up feelings, the less frustrated and depressed I become.
Someone once said that a person’s anger ties a person more closely to the person he/she is angry with. To forgive is to release myself from the grasp of a relationship that is nonproductive and harmful.”
God, may we make a fearless and moral inventory of our lives. May we have the courage to change what we need to change and the energy to carry it out. We believe that it is only by our willingness to quit our addiction that we can have more hope in our power to be hopeful. ‘
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SOURCE: COPYRIGHT(C) Higher Thoughts for down days: 365 daily thought and meditations for members of 12 step fellowship groups. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. March 26 Page 61-62.