The Promises

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.  The feeling of useless and self-pity will leave us.  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.

The “Hidden” Promises:

And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone – even alcohol (or your drug of choice).  For by this time sanity will have returned.  We will seldom be interested in alcohol (or your drug of choice).   If tempted, we recoil as if from a hot flame.  We react sanely and normally, and we find that this has happened automatically.  We will see that our new attitude toward alcohol (or your drug of choice) has been given us without any thought or effort on our part.  It just comes!  That is the miracle of it.  We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation.  We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality – safe and protected.  We have not even sworn off.  Instead, the problem has been removed.  It does not exist for us.  We are neither cocky nor are we afraid.  This is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.

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