Now I feel restricted in word use for expressing my sobriety on this forum.
I pray that no one else, especially a newcomer, will be moderated so unfairly.
I think it is unfortunate that Peter feels as though he is being unfairly treated, especially since he has made some very good contributions on this site, including an excellent comment on the “Another Sponsor Story” thread. We can’t be too thin skinned when someone suggests we use a different word, or sometimes someone may suggest that an entire post is unsuitable, for whatever reason, it happens. Most regular users have said things for which they have publicly apologized, this is not one of those, it is a small matter. They may be one or two contributors who will never admit they are wrong, even when they misquote the books and someone points it out, they just plod on as if it never happened, we love them anyway.
The topic was started by a thumper who pretty well said if it’s not in the book we won’t do it, and although I am a religious person who may use the word repent privately, I agree absolutely that it is normally used in a religious context, it’s not in the book for a reason and I wouldn’t use it publicly. As for the idea of the AA program being one which we live with regret, or have to make any repentance beyond that in 8 & 9, this sort of talk would have had me as a newcomer running for the hills.
ezdizt said - The majority of alcoholics are already self-flagellating, mainly over their drinking, over their repeated failures to control their drinking, over the messes their drinking has made of their careers, relationships, and lives...and so on ad infinitum.
The often quoted passage from the book says -
If we are painstaking about this phase of our
development, we will be amazed before we are half
way through. We are going to know a new freedom
and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor
wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the
word serenity and we will know peace.
People who live like she suggested have not done the same program I did, and I feel sorry for them.
"Good morning, this is your Higher Power speaking. I will not be needing your help today."