The joy of this blog is that I am beginning to see how it really is helping others and to “carrying the message to those who still suffer.”
I wanted to share a recent email exchange that I had with someone in program. I am hoping that this will be helpful to others, when faced with similar questions.
“Nancy” has been in program for many, many, years. She has extensive experience going through the steps, but, she is unable to maintain her abstinence. Like all of us, Nancy struggles with feelings of resentment, coping with discomfort, and taking responsibility for the consequences of her actions. She reminded me of the paragraph on page 60-63 in the A A Big Book.
The question Nancy asked me was, “how can I let go of my resentments?”
This was my answer:
To me, that is placing the horse before the cart.
Program teaches me that if I work my program, I will be blessed with
- Physical abstinence
- A relationship with God
- And an opportunity to be of service.
Fundamentally, program involves:
- stopping the addictive behaviors,
- praying and meditating to God and asking Him to help and guide me in everything I do,
- and being of service to others, in particular, taking others through the 12 steps.
Whether God takes away our character defects is up to Him. We do not remove our character defects. We turn them over to God. We ask Him, with humility and without judgement, to remove the character defects which stand in the way of our usefulness to others. Our goal is to be of maximum service to God, other people and ourselves.
The ultimate question is: How can I have peace of mind and physical, mental and emotional sobriety?
The answer is: Do what it says in the AA Big Book and pray about it.
I hope that this will be helpful to others.
In love and service,
So I really love the email i got this morning… One of my best things is me and my FROG.. Yes Forever Rely on God….. Amen
Shira, this is brilliant! Especially the part about that we are at the mercy of our HP for the character defects to be removed. Thank you so much for your love and service. May G-d bless you and your family.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me!