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Resentment


Resentment can be defined as a feeling of anger & bitterness after aperceived slight or offence.
It is said by AA on page 64 of the big book, in the opening paragraphon step 4, "Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down tocauses and conditions." The book goes on to talk about variousexpressions of self by stating:
Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholicsthan anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, forwe have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have beenspiritually sick.
On page 66 resentments are further explored:
It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only tofutility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these,do we squander the hours that might have been worthwhile. But with thealcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritualexperience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We foundthat it is fatal. For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselvesoff from the sunlight of the Spirit. The insanity of alcohol returnsand we drink again. And with us, to drink is to die.
Someone once said that resentments are a form of suicide, that it’slike drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.That I’m never punished for my resentment, I’m punished BY my resentment.

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