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Friday, April 11, 2008

promises; myths & realities



THE A.A. PROMISES

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. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and selfpity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Promises or possibilities?

new freedom yes
happiness no happiness is not a result of sobriety; it is a choice
regret the past possibly
comprehend serenity yes
know peace possibly
self pity gone possibly
become unselfish possibly
self seeking possibly
attitude yes
fear of people partially; if those people are bill collectors or the police
economic insecurity no; if you were a poor money manager drinking, you will most likely be
one sober
handle situations possibly
god is doing what we could not no; your recovery is not dependent on any other person, divine or not except yourself
quickly or slowly yes
always materialize no; true only for the 5% who are fortunate enough to maintain sobriety

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3 comments:

Shadow said...

new freedom yes I AGREE WITH YOU
happiness no happiness is not a result of sobriety; it is a choice AGAIN I AGREE WITH YOU
regret the past possibly I DO REGRET, BUT IT'S PAST!
comprehend serenity yes UNDERSTAND YES, LIVE ONLY SOMETIMES
know peace possibly DITTO ABOVE
self pity gone possibly MOSTLY
become unselfish possibly MOSTLY
self seeking possibly DON'T UNDERSTAND SELF-SEEKING...
attitude yes YES
fear of people partially; if those people are bill collectors or the police NOT NECESSARILY
economic insecurity no; if you were a poor money manager drinking, you will most likely be
one sober I AGREE WITH YOU
handle situations possibly THAT'S A LEARNT CONCEPT AND YOU'LL ONLY BE ABLE TO DO THAT IF YOU LEARN TO DO THAT
god is doing what we could not no; your recovery is not dependent on any other person, divine or not except yourself TRUE, I PRAYED A LOT WHILE STILL DRINKING, IT DIDN'T MAKE ME SOBER, I DID
quickly or slowly yes AGREED
always materialize no; true only for the 5% who are fortunate enough to maintain sobriety SHOO, IS THE % THAT SMALL?!?!? I BELIEVE WHERE THERE'S A DESIRE THERE'S A WAY...

NICE POST!

MICKY said...

"Each one of us will give an account of himself to God."
Romans 14:12

Kathy Lynne said...

new freedom: YES
happiness: YES, and my defination of happiness has changed. I am content which for me equals happiness
regret the past: NO LONGER
comprehend serenity: YES and more so every day.
know peace: YES and more so every day.
self pity: gone YES
become unselfish: PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION BUT YES
self seeking: PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION BUT YES
attitude" YES
fear of people: gone YES
economic insecurity PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION BUT YES
handle situations YES
god is doing what we could not: YES BUT I HAD TO ACCEPT HIS HELP
quickly or slowly YES
always materialize: THAT IS WHAT I PRAY FOR

The promises have not been a myth for me but have become my reality and for that I am grateful because without Alcoholics Annonymous I would not be here.

 
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