Bear Hugs Kettle “Pay Forward” #19

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – Bear Hugs Kettle. Our big Book tells us that resentments are the number one offender of alcoholics. The reading from the book, Around the Year with Emmet Fox is so insightful, I decided to pass it on as today’s “Pay Forward” gift; a very handy tool. There is an anecdote of the Far West that carries a wonderful lesson. It appears that a party of hunters, being called away from their camp, left the campfire unattended, with a kettle of water boiling on it. Presently an old bear crept out of the woods, and, seeing the kettle with its lid dancing about on top, promptly seized it. The boiling water scalded him badly; but instead of dropping the kettle instantly, he proceeded to hug it tightly – this being a bear’s defense. Of course, the tighter he hugged it the more it burned him, and the more it burned him the tighter he hugged it; and so on in a vicious circle, to the undoing of the bear. This illustrates perfectly the way in which many of us hug our difficulties to our bosom by constantly rehearsing them to ourselves and others. Whenever you catch yourself thinking about your grievances, say to yourself sternly: “Bear hugs kettle,” and think about your Higher Power instead. You will be surprised how quickly some long-standing wounds will heal. “Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord” (Psalm 25:15). Thy Love, Thy Will be done.