It is not uncommon to hear in group, “Why do these things always happen to me?” If “these things” are always happening to us, the obvious answer is that we somehow bring them on ourselves. We are largely unconscious of what we’re doing wrong until, slowly, eventually; we manage to dig ourselves out from the results. (It seems incredible that we actually seek to be hurt, but in a way many of us do so, with regularity.)

But blaming others for our problems and indulging in self-pity don’t move us along in our program.

Am I still blaming others?

Higher Power, help me take responsibility for myself and my actions, because blaming others will only keep me stuck.

I am responsible. I am responsible for everything in my life. I believe that is the only way to live. When I start blaming and I stop taking responsibility, then I turn into the victim. Then I start feeling sorry for myself. Taking responsibility for everything in my life gives me freedom and happiness. I am not reliant on anyone or anything else for my happiness. After all, I am powerless over other people, places, and things.

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