Thursday, 12 September 2019

Keep It Simple #essentialsofrecovery

When angry, count to ten before you speak: if very angry, a hundred.

—Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes we just want to yell. Maybe a family member or a friend messed up, and we want to “set them straight.” Start counting. Maybe we got chewed out at work and we want “to get even.” Start counting.

We get drunk on anger. We may feel powerful when we “set someone straight.” But like an alcohol high, an anger high last only a short time and can hurt others. We must control our anger. This is why we count.

Cool down. Think out what you need or want to say. Use words that you’ll not be ashamed of later. Learning how to respect others when we’re angry is a sign of recovery.

Prayer for the Day : Higher Power, teach me to respect others when I’m angry.

Action for the Day: Today, when I feel angry I’ll count. I’ll work at not controlling other with my anger. 
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