Just For Today – Freedom from guilt

“Our addiction enslaved us. We were prisoners of our own mind and were condemned by our own guilt.” – Basic Text, p. 7

Guilt is one of the most commonly encountered stumbling blocks in recovery. One of the more notorious forms of guilt is the self-loathing that results when we try to forgive ourselves but don’t feel forgiven.

How can we forgive ourselves so we feel it? First, we remember that guilt and failure are not links in an unbreakable chain. Honestly sharing with a sponsor and with other addicts shows this to be true. Often the result of such sharing is a more sensible awareness of the part we ourselves have played in our affairs. Sometimes we realize that our expectations have been too high. We increase our willingness to participate in the solutions rather than dwelling on the problems.

Somewhere along the way, we discover who we really are. We usually find that we are neither the totally perfect nor the totally imperfect beings we have imagined ourselves to be. We need not live up to or down to our illusions; we need only live in reality.

Just for Today: I am grateful for my assets and accept my liabilities. Through willingness and humility, I am freed to progress in my recovery and achieve freedom from guilt.

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3 thoughts on “Just For Today – Freedom from guilt

  1. Guilt is an interesting thing. Some have none and some have too much.I am waving my Aussie Auntie hands over your head and resolving you of all your need to feel guilt. Ever! 🙂

  2. psquirrel says:

    You are right that guilt is interesting – I used to think it was a positive force that would make me correct my actions, but I think more now that it is only a source of pain. Forgiveness and moving forward with courage is what I am going to choose to do – and I want to thank you so much for your wonderful encouragement and guidance throughout this journey! I’m one lucky squirrel!!! =)

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