Your Problems Are Your Own

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. ~ Dr. Albert Ellis, psychologist

Blame. How many years we needed it!
We preferred to pin it to someone else
but deep inside we carried a ton of it
on our shoulders.
Only in the Rooms of Recovery
could we acknowledge the massive guilt as ours.
But fortunately in these Rooms
we no longer had to carry the burden.
We looked at our resentments,
inventoried them thoroughly,
found where we had wronged others,
refusing to accept the blame.
And as we admitted these truths
to  ourselves, to God as we understood God
and to another person.
Then as we became entirely willing
to have character traits removed
and asked God to remove those in the way,
we reached the point of willingness
to make amends to those we’d hurt,
made them and  daily continued
to make those that arose,
guilt became unnecessary,
as we lived promptly setting matters right,
realizing with God’s guidance
we were controlling our own destiny.