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Handle the Old tapes with care.

Walk In Dry Places
September 12, 2010
Handle the Old tapes with care.
Releasing the Past.

A large number of recovering people have a tough time coming to terms with the abuse and abandonment of childhood days.  Sometimes we play those “old tapes” while reliving the past in a mood of self-pity and resentment. This is destructive.

We cannot completely erase the past, but we can turn it over to our friends and our Higher power. Our goal should be to transform past experiences into constructive examples.

We can start by reminding ourselves that all unhappy experience is a product of the world’s sickness and ignorance. Far from being unusual, our misery was a common thing that we’re only now beginning to overcome.

We can also practice God’s forgiveness, remembering that real forgiveness is humanly impossible.  We should resist the temptation to tell others about our past sufferings in order to gain sympathy.  At all times, the old tapes must be handled with care.

Whatever happened in the past cannot affect me today unless I let it.  I’ll play the old tapes only when it can be done constructively.

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