Jan 17: Happy Usefulness

Happy Usefulness

“Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.” 
Alcoholics Anonymous, page 130

Before coming to the rooms, I used to be so darn self-absorbed. I would tell you that I was selfless, doing for others, but really it was only to get something in return. I had low self-esteem, yet I only thought of myself. All the time.

Enter the program, the steps, the ES&H of you ladies and my sponsor, and I have come to find my purpose. It is to be useful to my family, my friends and my employer … and to my God. Today I am grateful that I know my purpose, and I am grateful for the peace that it brings me.

Today I can speak slowly, clearly, and with purpose. My actions are thought out and organized (most of the time.) The reality of my life today is that, thanks to several spiritual awakenings, I am useful. I know that, thanks to the God of my understanding, nothing is impossible, and everything is possible.

I have dreams today. I know that keeping my feet firmly planted in this program, I can achieve these dreams. There’s no need to worry. I need only to trust and have faith that so long as I keep doing the next right thing. And in doing so, dreams that I didn’t even know I had will also come true …

Please share on this topic or anything else that’s on your mind.