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Learning to Cut my Losses

Walk In Dry Places
September 13, 2010
Learning to Cut my Losses
Honesty

Business people speak of “cutting their losses” when it becomes clear that a venture is going sour.  As recovering alcoholics, we need to practice the same principle when we’re obviously on the wrong track.

If a resentment is developing, for example, the sooner we spot it and clear it out, the less damage we suffer.  In the same way, we may be engaging in selfish but destructive behavior, or perhaps something that borders on being illicit or dishonest.  We minimize our losses by admitting the wrong and getting back to our basic principles of living.

In cutting our losses, the usual barriers are pride and self-deception. While these shortcomings will probably always dog us, we at least have experience in dealing with them, or we wouldn’t have made any progress in sobriety.

If a course of thought or action isn’t working out well, perhaps it’s time today to cut my loses in order to get back on the right track.

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