Daily Reflection Podcast

#217 Self-Restraint (Oct. 11th) - Jeff C. (Philadelphia, PA)

October 10, 2021 Michael L. & Lee M. Season 2 Episode 217
Daily Reflection Podcast
#217 Self-Restraint (Oct. 11th) - Jeff C. (Philadelphia, PA)
Show Notes

Today on the show, Jeff C. from Philadelphia. Jeff has an incredibly powerful story that involves jails, institutions and incredible success despite being dealt a tough hand in life. Warning, this episode contains explicit language.

SELF-RESTRAINT

Our first objective will be the development of self-restraint.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91

My drive to work provides me with an opportunity for self examination. One day while making this trip, I began to review my progress in sobriety, and was not happy with what I saw. I hoped that, as the work day progressed, I would forget these troublesome thoughts, but as one disappointment after another kept coming, my discontent only increased, and the pressures within me kept mounting. I retreated to an isolated table in the lounge, and asked myself how I could make the most of the rest of the day. In the past, when things went wrong, I instinctively wanted to fight back. But during the short time I had been trying to five the A.A. program I had learned to step back and take a look at myself. I recognized that, although I was not the person I wanted to be, I had learned to not react in my old ways. Those old patterns of behavior only brought sorrow and hurt, to me and to others. I returned to my work station, determined to make the day a productive one, thanking God for the chance to make progress that day.
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