Alcoholics anonymous


The promises

 The following passage comes from the  Alcoholics Anonymous book, pages 83, 84. Today, those of us who've  worked the simple program of AA understand that these promises have been  fulfilled. HOW did we do it? We became Honest, Open-minded and Willing.

"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."​