The Promises

“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. 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.”

Many of us come from dysfunctional families, are children of alcoholics, have had abuse or just gotten ourselves in relationships in which we felt abandoned through out our lives. A lot of us are set up to just wait for the other shoe to drop. Even when we are having success and happiness we think, “This can’t last.”

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous promises us absolute success of the promises coming true. However, it may not be in the way we would like it to be. We may want a certain job or a certain lover or a certain decision to go in our favor and it may not be the best for us. We could not have written it the way it will turn out.

If we learn to let go absolutely and allow the universe to send us what is meant to be, not what we force to be and we give ourselves over to what is honest, good and healthy in our lives, then the promises will come true. The steps and principles teach us to trust in the Higher Power and get out of our own way.

If we hang on to old ideals, things, people, situations and substances that don’t work in our lives, we will never see these beautiful words come to light. Every thing will be out of balance until we completely surrender.

So step into faith and trust that there is Good working and that Good wants us to be happy, joyous and free.

Try it!

Leonard Cohen From The Piano (This movie changed my life)


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