Share The Gifts

There is much to be said for the practice of giving. When I give to others, I feel better about myself. Who I am and what I share with others are closely connected. I believe that I get back so much more than I ever give. Through the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous I have learned to give without expectation. I give because I want to, I give because I can, and I give because it’s the right thing to do. The Program works because the basic premise of one alcoholic helping another is what has shown to be the “glue” that holds us together. I can talk to another person, sharing my experience, strength, an hope with each other, knowing that we are each individually responsible for our recovery, but at the same time supporting and loving one another. These are precious gifts – and they are mine to keep, as long as I am willing to share them.

Our relationships have been likened to those of elephants, who protect and surround the weaker ones of the group, when it is needed. I can count on my AA family to be there for me, in any crises, or any threat to my recovery. What I share with others in the Program is nothing less than miracles – gifts from God, my Higher Power. I have learned the true blessing of giving – without expectation of getting something in return. God has blessed me with love, friends, peace, confidence in the Program and love for all the members, the “old-timers” and the new “babies” struggling with sobriety. Each an every one blesses me with strength, knowledge, and above all . . . love.
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3 thoughts on “Share The Gifts

  1. Thank you God of my understanding for this day and for all that is in it.
    My times are in your hand.
    My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

    Most everybody on this planet has heard the principal of getting self out of the way but how many understand this and especially how many have any earthly idea how to go about it.
    I certainly didn’t.
    I didn’t and for a whole lot longer than I care to recall I was “missing out” on so much of life. I had lots of resentments. I had lots of expectations of people which couldn’t possibly be met because it demanded perfection.
    Thank God for alcoholism which took me to the depths of despair and caused me to be “sick and tired of being sick and tired” and really, honestly desiring whatever it took to get better – to be rid of this state of being. You see it was in the rooms of AA where I was gently persuaded to pray every morning simply asking God to help me get through the day without having to take a drink of liquor. Then it was suggested that before going to sleep that night if this worked for me to say another prayer giving thanks.
    It didn’t take many days to develop an awareness of a spiritual connection.
    It didn’t take long for me to realize there was some power in my life which was working or perhaps just making it easier to begin to live life on life’s terms.

    I didn’t realize it at the time but “self” most of the time called ego was challenged and brought under control since this is God’s nature.

    I also made a resolution to pay attention to the “wisdom of the ages”.
    Some may think this is only Holy Scripture but I find it is everywhere and in all beings. It is indelibly imprinted in the minds and on the hearts of people with any smidgen of goodness and goodwill. 🙂

    Here is a reading from the 24 hour a day little black book which speaks to the problem of “self” and the need for self-control.
    This is one of the most spiritual objectives to be realized.
    Sunday, May 3, 2015
    You are reading from the book Twenty Four Hours a Day Hardcover (24 Hours)
    Thought for the Day

    A.A. teaches us to take it easy. We learn how to relax and to stop worrying about the past or the future, to give up our resentments and hates and tempers, to stop being critical of people, and to try to help them instead. That’s what “Easy Does It” means. So in the time that’s left to me to live, I’m going to try to take it easy, to relax and not to worry, to try to be helpful to others, and to trust God. For what’s left of my life, is my motto going to be “Easy Does It”?

    Meditation for the Day

    I must overcome myself before I can truly forgive other people for injuries done to me. The self in me cannot forgive injuries. The very thought of wrongs means that my self is in the foreground. Since the self cannot forgive, I must overcome my selfishness. I must cease trying to forgive those who fretted and wronged me. It is a mistake for me even to think about these injuries. I must aim at overcoming myself in my daily life and then I will find there is nothing in me that remembers injury, because the only thing injured, my selfishness, is gone.

    Prayer for the Day

    I pray that I may hold no resentments. I pray that my mind may be washed clean of all past hates and fears.
    From Twenty-Four Hours a Day © 1975 by Hazelden Foundation.

    I tried it for a little while and found the desire for a spiritual relationship to be self-perpetuating and continuously broadening and deepening into Lord only knows where.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic. – Georgia, US of A.

  2. This is pretty big league stuff.
    When I first showed up amongst you, none of what you guys said made much sense.
    I mean, I could hear the words, but they seemed far away and illusory and not anything I would be willing to do or understand. Not really, not his kinda stuff.
    And this God word was, really, all over the place.
    Oh, you sugar coated it with some “of my understanding” stuff but that was like when my mom used to wrap a strip of bacon around a piece of liver when I was a kid. It was still liver and I didn’t like it and I didn’t want it.
    But I had run out of other ideas and places and I was lost.
    And some of you looked like you were actually kinda happy and there was a camaraderie in the room that I could feel was real.
    And you said I could join you and you would want nothing from me.
    And then you proved it.
    So profoundly appreciative of you showing me love and then teaching me how to give it and receive it.
    From me to others, as I am directed, the greatest gift.
    Sheesh, I just wanted to stop being a forlorn, clueless lost soul who had to drink.
    Blessings on us all.

  3. thanks to everyone who is part of this24 family, not much to say today, but glad the site is here to read. contact between one alcoholic and another is so very essential to recovery. Peace, Love and God Bless.

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