Daily Reflections

April 13

THE FALSE COMFORT OF SELF-PITY

Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know.  It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy.  It is a maudlin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 238

     The false comfort of self-pity screens me from reality only momentarily and then demands, like a drug, that I take an even bigger dose.  If I succumb to this it could lead to a relapse into drinking.  What can I do?  One certain antidote is to turn my attention, however slightly at first, toward others who are genuinely less fortunate than I, preferably other alcoholics.  In the same degree that I actively demonstrate my empathy with them, I will lessen my own exaggerated suffering.

 
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