Endigar 640 ~ A Priceless Reward

From the Daily Reflections of December 17;

. . . work with other alcoholics. . . . It works when other activities fail.   (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 89)

“Life will take on new meaning,” as the Big Book says (p. 89). This promise has helped me to avoid self-seeking and self-pity. To watch others grow in this wonderful program, to see them improve the quality of their lives, is a priceless reward for my effort to help others. Self-examination is yet another reward for an ongoing recovery, as are serenity, peace and contentment. The energy derived from seeing others on a successful path, of sharing with them the joys of the journey, gives to my life a new meaning.





Another human face caught in an alcoholic tragedy is a reflection of my own past struggles.  When I seek to help them, I reach back in time and validate those efforts that brought recovery into my own life.  The opposite effect occurs when I ignore those still suffering.  This is the paradox of the self-preserving altruism practiced in the 12 Step program.

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