Resentment is the Number One offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have also been spiritually ill. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.
In dealing with resentments, we set them on paper. We listed people, institutions, or principles with whom we were angry. We asked ourselves why we were angry. In most cases it was found that our self-esteem, our pocketbooks, our ambitions, our personal relationships (including sex) were hurt or threatened.
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“The most heated bit of letter-writing can be a wonderful safety valve — providing the wastebasket is somewhere nearby.”
1. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, PP. 64-65
2. LETTER, 1949