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 self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain insight in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook will change. Fear of people and 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.
Extracted From pages 83-84 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
It’s important to give this sentence a little attention “sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.” Nothing in life is free; a price is always paid for what we receive. We gave up our morals, ethics, dignity, loved ones, and sometimes even material means to feed our addiction. We also had to give up drinking alcohol, doing drugs, give up those old beliefs and ideas if we were going to recover. We paid a new kind of price for our freedom and it was worth it. The effort we put into our recovery enables us to live free from the disease of addiction so long as we continue on growing.
Working a program of recovery (whether it’s from AA, NA, CA, or any other fellowship) allows each of us a freedom from our addiction. Many of us have heard these promises read in the rooms and believe them because they have come true in our lives. There are also those who have just started, or restarted their journey in recovery and are not sure how these promises will ever come true. The only hope they have is what another alcoholic/addict has shared with them. This is why it is so important to share our experience with others and show them how we have recovered. It helps the addict/alcohol suffering find a way out and it helps us keep the freedom and peace we have obtained.
Today is a new day and new a promise at a better life, how are you going to live it?
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