Forgiveness

February 10

 

 

 

FORGIVENESS

 

“Forgiveness is not something to force on people like unwanted coffee,” says my sponsor.

Everyone tells me forgive, forgive, forgive.

“These are the same folks who said, ‘stay and have another drink.’  It is only appropriate to forgive people who ask for forgiveness and show you with their behavior that they want it.  It is never appropriate to shove forgiveness on people who haven’t asked, show no signs of wanting it, or demonstrate just the opposite.”

I thought forgiveness was to help me feel better.

“Letting go of resentments is to make you feel better.  Making amends to the people you’ve hurt, and cleaning up your side of the street is to make you feel better.  Keeping an open mind and heart will make you ready for the possibility of someone coming to make amends.  Forgiveness is a two-way street; anything you have to throw over someone like a net is usually a mistake,” she says with a wink, and then she has the nerve to curtsy.

 

 

 

Design your dream tea.

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Hospitality

 

 

What unites us, heals us, serves us,

is the hospitality of the program.

Fellowship encircles us and draws us close,

in a word unites us, hospitality is our core.

 

Hospital is the root of hospitality

and recovery is the route to health,

hospitality is the skeleton of recovery.

 

Hospitable aid,

the true gift of self is hospitality;

hospitality the master of A.A.

 

You are reading selections from Sober on the Way to Sane and More Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault

http://www.amazon.com/Sober-On-The-Way-Sane/dp/1440417342/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388576888&sr=8-1&keywords=sober+on+the+way+to+sane

http://www.amazon.com/More-Lines-From-My-Life/dp/1448677203/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388576956&sr=8-1&keywords=More+Lines+From+My+Life

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About Sherrie Theriault

Sherrie Theriault, writer and outsider artist lives in northwest New Jersey where she writes villain-free fiction for children and young adults, creates coloring books for all ages, writes daily inspiration books for the recovery community and has other works of collected poetry; also adult fiction. Books available on Amazon.com include the following: Cala Mae The Deep Dark Day In The Congenial Chronicles The Holland’s Adventure Fill Me In Fill Me In, Too Filled In Sober on the Way to Sane More Sober on the Way to Sane Lines from My Life More Lines from My Life On-Liners to Live By My Sponsor Said… Elissa: Queen of Carthage Was Love Lost Order of Protection The Story Precedes the Question Can You See? What the Birdies Told Me about You What the Birdies Told Me about You Coloring book The Enchanting Dog Sherrie’s books are available at Blue Stockings, Manhattan, NY, The Clinton Book Shoppe, Clinton, New Jersey, Giovanni’s Room, Philadelphia, PA, Easy Does It in Long Beach, CA and The Latest Thing in Costa Mesa, Ca. You can find Sherrie’s art work at Hang-Ups Gallery in Allentown, PA or online at: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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