Monday, September 14, 2009


Hi, Peeps!

Just a change of pace here. If I do not continue to work the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, these are some promises I might realize:

If I do not continue working these Steps, I will be amazed at how quickly the following will occur:

I will not be free, nor happy.

I will regret the past, and wish to shut the door on it.

I will know neither serenity nor peace.

I will never understand how I could ever help others.

Full of self-pity, I will feel useless.

I will be interested only in myself, not in anyone else.

I will seek only my own desires and satisfactions.

My whole attitude and outlook upon life will suck.

I will fear people...and economic insecurity.

Situations I used to handle will now baffle me.

I will suddenly believe that God has left me out in the cold.

None of these remarks are extravagant.

They happen constantly to millions of us.

They will ALWAYS happen to ME, if I stop working the Steps.

Please understand, none of these bad things have happened to me yet. This turning point I have reached tonight has allowed me to observe our promises in a new light.

The "Promises" are really an expression of my Spiritual Life. They are a WAY OF LIFE for me. IF I have worked the Steps diligently, fearlessly, entirely, directly, promptly, and willingly--then this is the point during which the first powders of that "sober dust" will be sprinkled around--that is the way I like to view it. It is just "my thing", OK?

Following are the real promises quoted from our Big Book.

Now read on for the truth of the matter, the "real thing"......

From our book Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 83-84 are a list of what we lovingly refer to as.......

The AA 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.

That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.

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."
--Pages 83-4 Big Book

Peace to you all, with love.


Linda S. Socha said...

I am not a recovering alcoholic...although I deeply wish my father had taken this route with AA. What a difference it could have made in so many lives..

What I do realize again on reading this is that this program can work for any person wanting to deal with their issues in life
Thanks for a great post
I love the approach.

Shadow said...

well, when you put it like that, what choice do i have... and it's a darn good choice.

Scott said...

Steve a roni

I like to think of the promises as the Results... all the results of living the 12 Steps of AA...

good stuff sir!

Dulce said...

I am going to start promising myself not to promise anything I won't do, guilt is worse than not achieved goals...
AND >>> You' ve got an award Mr Steve, go see my blog

John DeFlumeri Jr said...

Peace to you too, Steve.

Hold fast to your convictions, even in the face of "things going crazy" It will be worth it.

John DeFlumeri Jr

Tall Kay said...

They will ALWAYS materialize if we work for them! And that's a promise!

Gin said...

Beautiful Steve.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I love the promises, sometimes I feel that they are very extravagant, which is wonderful because I love extravagant gifts and God's gifts are the most extravagant! :)

wolfie185 said...

I like the phrase "sober dust" cool. The promise start happening once we step on the spiritual road though we often don't see them, small things start to happen once we Let go and Let God. I also like how Bill wrote " sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly but they will always materalize if we work for them" just like "spiritual progress not spiritual prefection" this helps me understand it is a life long process and I have to do the footwork and also not to get my Y-fronts in a twist on the days that I am "less than spiritual"
Great post thanks Steve

vicariousrising said...

The Promises were something that spoke to me right away in rehab. I think it was because it sounded like if I did my end and worked hard, I would see some sort of progress. I've always been cool with doing work, so I liked the idea of feeling like it was sort of a contract or commitment of sorts in which I wasn't just chasing my tail or plunging further into the bowels of my own misery.

Syd said...

I really like the Promises. Al-Anon has "promises" too and they are equally great to read.

Margie said...

Thanks so much for your visit to my blog Steve and your kind words were much appreciated!

Wonderful post!
Thank you!


Madison said...

There's so much gratitude in this. You are a blessing.

White Forest said...

"They will ALWAYS happen to ME, if
I stop working the Steps."

Hope you are on the other side of the river where all those steps doesnt happen to you :)

All the best!