Pray For The Happiness Of Your Enemies

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 08 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Pray For Your Enemies

No matter how amazing we all think we are, particularly Alcoholics and Addicts, there is a guy or girl, mother or father, brother or sister, and so forth that you resent. Perhaps she betrayed you or he cut you out of that deal that would have made you rich.

Whatever happened, it ended badly and the thought of that makes you fume with anger; maybe you even want to use drugs or alcohol when you think of what he did to you!

Well, that is the person you need to pray for!

Pray for his or her happiness!

You are not doing it for her! Do it for yourself…. to be relieved of the burden of maintaining that anger, rage and resentment.

Relief from anger, resentment, and regret is freedom, freedom from bondage!

You can use that energy for other things.

You will feel lighter, more content, and even radiate a joy that everyone can see.

Guess what? You do not even have to see this person if you do not want to!

That’s right! Personally, I pray for them afar!

Just because I pray for him does not mean I have to see him. I merely want to relieve myself of the occupation of my mind by this person.

I no longer want to be consumed by so much pain at the thought of this person that I have to ruminate about what I would like to do or say to this person.

Therefore, I pray for him when the thought of him comes up.

Meanwhile, time will pass, and as you know, “…..time heals all things…”

In the meantime, don’t let that person occupy anymore rent-free space in your head.

When we hold on to anger and resentments, it consumes us, distorts our thinking and poisons our hearts.

Other people recognize the anger, resentment and regret inside of us, no matter how much we try to hide it!

Hating our enemies repels all the good!

Actually, hate, anger and resentment blocks all the good and positivity that otherwise would enter our lives.

If you really want to know the truth, if we hold onto hate we attract more reasons to be hateful.

However, if we let go of the hate, anger and resentment, and allow forgiveness, contentment and joy in, more contentment, happiness and joy will enter our lives.

Don’t think of it as something you are doing for your enemies. Think of it as something you are doing for yourself.

Besides, forgiveness is a lot less expensive than maintaining a drug or alcohol problem to deal with your feelings.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, please call or text us. We want to help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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