It's said that alcoholics sometimes snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Some of us, deep down inside, don't really think we deserve success. We
might be discouraged by feelings of guilt or low self-esteem, or perhaps
we don't want to become targets of envy or competitive attacks.
that we do have a right to achievements that match our talents and experience,
indeed, such achievements may only be possible now that we're sober and
Some people think that our occupations and our program are separate matters.
But the very last idea in the 12 Steps is to practice our principles "in all our affairs."
If we take the view that any useful work is a form of service, we'll find opportunities
to be beneficial to everyone. With that attitude, we will also realize that we deserve success.
Trust your Higher Power. Clean House. Help Others.
Until we actually sit down and talk about what we have so long hidden,
our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical.
When we are honest with another person,
it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with our Higher Power.
- As Bill Sees It p. 17
Thought to Ponder . . .
Honesty isn't an event -- it's a process.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.
Make it all better
Do you wish someone could make it all better? Then smile, and be that someone.
Would you like it if the problems suddenly went away? Then stand up, step forward, take responsibility, and begin to transform those problems into opportunities.
Do you long for a reason to be hopeful? Then consider what a truly unique and beautiful miracle you are, and find hope in more fully living and expressing your purpose.
In whatever you truly wish to have, you’ll find reasons to be your very best. In your highest vision of how life can be, you’ll find valuable and meaningful direction for how you can be.
The joy you wish to experience is already within you, waiting for you to share it. Instead of waiting and wishing for someone or something to make you happy, just go ahead and apply that happiness to whatever you’re doing.
You have the power to make it all better because you have the power to experience life from any perspective you choose. Choose a positive, empowering perspective, because you deserve the best.
— Ralph Marston