If you thoroughly follow the path of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, miraculous things begin to happen besides just getting sober. A new sense of freedom and happiness is achieved.
One of the more popular promises that alcoholics are granted by doing the steps, are the promises of step 9.
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The Promises Of AA
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. And 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 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. Big Book pg. 83 & 84 Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Ed.
The Promises Coming True
How are the promises coming true in your life? Did some of them, all of them, none of them, come quickly into your life? Can you see how the steps are working in and around you?
Recovery is a process, so if things aren’t happening quick enough, do not worry, like anything else in life, the best things take time to be created. If you need help along your journey, there are many books that offer insight, support, and inspiration. One book in particular is called a New Pair of Glasses, by Chuck “C.”
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