Endigar 464 ~ A Rippling Effect

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

Having learned to live so happily, we’d show everyone else how. . . . Yes, we of A.A. did dream those dreams. How natural that was, since most alcoholics are bankrupt idealists. . . . So why shouldn’t we share our way of life with everyone?   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 156)

The great discovery of sobriety led me to feel the need to spread the “good news” to the world around me. The grandiose thoughts of my drinking days returned. Later, I learned that concentrating on my own recovery was a full-time process. As I became a sober citizen in this world, I observed a rippling effect which, without any conscious effort on my part, reached any “related facility or outside enterprise,” without diverting me from my primary purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.




I suppose my past religious experiences have inoculated me against evangelistic zeal.  I do not trust it.  What I do embrace is helping others so that I can live.  This self-preserving altruism makes sense to me.  If I desire to keep this way of life, and I do, then I must find a way to share it.  I believe this is a good sort of selfishness.

The selfishness I must be rid of is the one that isolates me.  One path to isolation is spiritual pride.

The heart of AA that reaches out a hand to the suffering alcoholic is a natural group phenomena.  My individual contribution is my willingness to go to any lengths to stay sober, to stay alive. God and the group provide the miraculous results.

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