Endigar 514 ~ Didn’t We Hurt Anybody?

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

Some of us, though, tripped over a very different snag. We clung to the claim that when drinking we never hurt anybody but ourselves.  (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 79)

This Step seemed so simple. I identified several people whom I had harmed, but they were no longer available. Still, I was uneasy about the Step and avoided conversations dealing with it. In time I learned to investigate those Steps and areas of my life which made me uncomfortable. My search revealed my parents, who had been deeply hurt by my isolation from them; my employer, who worried about my absences, my memory lapses, my temper; and the friends I had shunned, without explanation. As I faced the reality of the harm I had done, Step Eight took on new meaning. I am no longer uncomfortable and I feel clean and light.




I cannot think of anyone else beyond the list I have already made.  I stand willing to make amends to them all and have not rationalized away the wrong I did.  If there are any others, I ask them to be brought to memory.  I ask for the power and opportunity to fulfill them.

(The one good thing about drinking was being able to blame inappropriate expression on an intoxicated mind – please forgive my inappropriate sober expression.)

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