Endigar 525 ~ Giving It Away

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 159)

Those words, for me, refer to a transference of power, through which God, as I understand Him, enters my life. Through prayer and meditation, I open channels, then I establish and improve my conscious contact with God. Through action I then receive the power I need to maintain my sobriety each day. By maintaining my spiritual condition, by giving away what has been so freely given to me, I am granted a daily reprieve.

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For me, the way to understanding this statement out of the Big Book on page 159 is that it says “. . . the happiness THEY found in giving THEMSELVES for others.”  It is not referring to the happiness he or she or I find as individuals.  It has taken time to be all right with myself and to build a sustaining spiritual connection to my Higher Power.  This faltering appreciation of my own existence can be shorn up by the Fellowship and its focus on helping others.   Let this circle represent what we can do together . . .

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