January 03, 2013
Earlier this week I attended a very tony New Year’s Day celebration. The celebration was in recognition of a dear friend whose sobriety date happens to be January 1st as well.
In any regard, in attendance there were alcoholics and non-alcoholics, alike, who were of varying degrees of name recognition and success, all together in a beautiful venue overlooking the city of Beverly Hills and quite a bit of Los Angeles as well.
Despite feeling quite blessed and grateful to partake in the celebration, due to the fact that I knew a large number of the people there, quite well, needless to say I realized I was harboring some resentment.
Meanwhile, it was the very beginning of this fantastic New Year. Just a day before I had been saying that I was leaving the past in the past and I was forgetting and forgiving everything that no longer served me.
Yet, I walked into the venue keenly scanning for people “who deserved my recognition” (as if), purposely speaking only to people I “still” liked, while ignoring, for example, someone who once did not speak to me more than a year ago…….and so forth.
My part is that I have had a tendency to be extremely sensitive, so much so that I did not realize how I held onto residual feelings of the past, which can make for difficult interpersonal relations with others.
I realize that it does not serve me and only alienates me from my fellows. Today, I am “willing” to have God remove this character defect from me. Help me to react appropriately.
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