Who You Can Be

The things that you merely possess can be lost or taken from you in an instant. Yet the things that you become will be a part of you always, thanks to the steps and promises of AA. What you get, even under the best of circumstances, usually is yours only for a limited time. Yet what you give will always be a part of you. If your desires are petty, limited and trivial, the world will always seem to be cold and mean. Expand your priorities beyond the superficial concerns, and suddenly you’ll see life in a whole new, bright and shining light. When you put your efforts into who you can be and what you can do, rather than just on what you can have, something amazing happens. Suddenly, instead of fighting against each moment, each person, each situation, you’re flowing powerfully along with them all. If your goal is only to acquire, then whatever you get loses meaning as soon as you get it. Yet when you seek to become, to do, to give, you enter a realm of ever-increasing fulfillment.

The more you give of yourself, the more of yourself there is to give, to live, to experience and enjoy. it works ——-it really does ! (page 88,line 8 in the big book)


8 thoughts on “Who You Can Be

  1. Do you remember back in the middle of the last century there was a big splash that made banner headlines, “God is dead”.
    Since that time it is noted that church attendance has been steadily declining overall even though some Mega-Churches seemingly contest that. So what is the truth?
    The truth is we don’t know what’s in people’s hearts and measuring this faith survey is fraught with many difficulties.
    The press at the present time is filled with articles and commentaries partly brought on by the affordable care act’s decision to cover treatment for chemical dependency which if carried out will cause a further upheaval in the delivery of healthcare. Out of this bubbling pot of uncertainty and discord will come eventual stability and success in a more prudent method of healthcare delivery but in the meantime we must be prepared to go through these trying times.

    We of faith know that God is in charge.

    We of faith believe that all things work for good for those who love God.

    Several articles and a balanced perspective on various approaches to treating chemical dependency are available on this website.


    Interested ones may thoroughly peruse it by opening the various inserted links.

  2. I need never fool myself by recalling my sometimes differing drinking patterns, or by believing I am “cured.” I like to think that, if sobriety is God’s gift to me, then my sober life is my gift to God.
    This is out of daily reflections.
    Thank you Harry for your references.
    Prayers to Albert and his family.
    Prayers of gratitude to each of you.

  3. Thanks Harry n Bonster. A couple of days ago I had posted a similar article on FB and believe there’s truth to both sides of the story but I know what works for me and that’s what matters most to me, my sobriety. I try to keep an open mind to others needs and I have sponsee who takes ant-abuse. In my opinion it’s a tool for recovery and it’s ok because it’s his journey, although I may be a part of it right now or me and AA. and church, family and many other people. God loves you all and so do I!

  4. I am honest, open and willing to exchange places with my Son. He is young and has many years to live if he survives. I agree wth all of you. Jesus and his father, God, made the same gift for all of us. I give myself to God so my Son can live. Sorry I am so gloomy but I agree wth the posting and comments I give myself

  5. Top of the morning family,
    My current mission statement, ” to let my life be simply a thank-You note to the Divine Mercy. No longer do I believe, I belong. I trust in the sunlight of the spirit.
    Prayers going out to you, Albert, peace / progress.

  6. Everything I “own” can become trash in a split second given an earthquake, flood,fire, sunami, or the many devestations that can come our way need to remember to
    “Wear the world as a loose garment” and not to hold on too tight.
    Everything is just on loan , temporarily.

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