Kindly Acts

I was always defensive with others, prior to A.A. I had a chip on my shoulder all the time. It felt as if others were always critical of me, and I was critical of myself as a result. Taking a few moments to help another can help me to feel better about myself.  Taking the higher road when it comes to dissension benefits both me and the person I am angry with.  I need to be mindful of my behavior, especially when it comes to working the Twelve Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous.  I cannot encourage what I am unwilling to do.  The Program is based on spiritual principles, such as patience, humility, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, and self-control.  When I work toward these, I am closer to kindness, and kindness is a path to higher self-esteem, something that I can always use. 💜

Photo courtesy of AINV
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9 thoughts on “Kindly Acts

  1. Being totally devoted to AA and its spiritual program including of course the wonderful fellowship of recovering alcoholics I often have to refer to the nuances in our literature which grants us permission to go to any sources which are beneficial towards our spiritual growth and I have found or they have been put before me in many forms and include theological commentary. I have found these extremely useful and a rudimentary exploration of other belief system’s programs reveal glaring similarities and sometimes equally glaring differences.

    Some believe in only one God; some believe in a Trinitarian God; some believe in myriads of gods which all point to one God.

    I’m convinced that each person in each culture comes to believe in their own individual way and God’s grace is swaying all.

    I personally am very comfortable with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

    I’m trying my best in the monumental task to align myself fully with God’s teachings.

    God help me to help You to help me!

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

  2. Such a wonderful, important topic!
    So easy to blow past, in egoic hubris, the question “is it kind?”
    Such a good thing for me to aspire to live my life in contemplative, affirmation to this simple question.
    It kinda separates the chicken salad from the chicken manure….
    Grateful for the Gift

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