A Prayer Nugget

The little piece of plastic sitting on my 6-month chip is what AA calls a Resentment Chip, though personally i prefer to call it a Prayer Nugget.

What is a prayer nugget? When you’re holding a good deal of resentment towards someone (read, “when you’re super pissed off at someone”), the idea is that every day for two weeks you clutch the resentment chip and say a silent prayer for the person you’re angry at.

But the best part is what you pray for. Every day you hold the nugget and you pray for the person to receive what YOU want. That’s heavy duty prayer stuff, right there. You pray that your enemy receives the good things you want.

i guarantee if you take a couple minutes when you finish this post, close your eyes and think about sending your worst enemy something you want, it’ll trip you out more than any drug. (OK, not really, it won’t have an effect anywhere near drugs, but it’s still pretty cool.)

Take a sec and, in the comments section, let us know what the thing is that you want and would give to your least favorite person.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on September 10, 2011, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. What a cool idea — to ask that someone gets what you want. It’s anti-selfish, which is what, gracious? Thanks for posting this.

    • Boozestory!

      Nice to see you around here and i really appreciate the comment. The concept truly is gracious, and one of the things i’ve found since quitting alcohol is that there’s a lot of grace in recovery.

      Keep Coming Back,

      Al K a Hall

  2. Nice post. It is along the lines of when you say ill things about people or to people you are only giving yourself a strong dose of poison. So switching that around would do the reverse. I love grace. I love people with grace. I always thought it was something you were born with. Recently I am discovering that people with grace learned it through an experience. I think an experience is really a bad situation that you learned from. Typically we don’t learn from the good experiences as what is there to learn. Love the blog!

    • So glad you found your way over here and that you like the blog!

      i love your definition of an experience. i can’t deny that my failed suicide attempt is what brought me to this place. That said, i do think that we can learn something from the good. Sobriety is very rewarding and i frequently am learning from it, like lessons about grace.

      i also like what you had to say about grace’s not being innate. It is most definitely a learned behavior, which makes it that much more valuable.

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

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