Fools, through false shame, conceal their open wounds.
~ Horace ~
Many of us as children, were taught to hide our pain, to act as if we had none. We look for ways to hide our pain. Alcohol and other drugs helped us do this. But the pain always returned. We were ashamed that we hurt. We thought we were the only one who hurt so badly, and, worst of all, we thought our pain meant we were bad people. Ours is a program of honesty.
As we live life, there will be troubles, and there will be pain. But now we know that we don’t try to hide it. If we hide our wounds, they will not heal. We will listen to others pain and ask them to listen to ours.
This will help us continue our journey in recovery.
Prayer for the Day:
God, help me be honest about my pain. Help me see pain not as a personal defect, but as a part of life.
Action for the Day:
I’ll share my pain with a friend, a family member, my group, or sponsor. I’ll ask them to do the same with me. I’ll think of pain as part of life.
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