As Bill Sees It:
Anger – Personal and Group Enemy
“As the book ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ puts it, ‘Resentment is the Number One offender.’ It is a primary cause of relapses into drinking. How well we of A.A. know that for us ‘To drink is eventually to go mad or die.’
“Much the same penalty overhangs evey A.A. group. Given enough anger, both unity and purpose are lost. Given still more ‘righteous’ indignation, the group can disintegrate; it can actually die. This is why we avoid controversy. This is why we prescribe no punishments for any misbehavior, no matter how grievous. Indeed, no alcoholic can be deprived of his membership for any reason whatever.
“Punishment never heals. Only love can heal.”
My takeaway: I have had troubles with someone who’s been snotty to me 3 times now, and I don’t know why. And with someone who is aggressive with me but others see that she is to them too. But “principles above personalities.” And for the group to live…. Thank you for this reading today:)