Problems or Promises

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Problems or Promises

Do we want more of what brought us to AA [OLGA] ...

We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people--was not a basic solution of thesebedevilments more important ... ?
2nd, 3rd, and 4th edition Big Book page 52

... or do we want what practicing the principles of AA [OLGA] 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.

2nd, 3rd, and 4th edition Big Book page 83 & 84

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Thank you for those

Thank you for those encouraging words! "We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows". I've noticed I became totally self-centered over the years having tried and failed over and over to gain attention from my parents. I've noticed that since I've started working the steps, especially the fourth lol that I'm becoming more aware of those who are around me.

"....sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work them." I have seen changes in myself and I even notice some of these changes are small and have taken quite awhile. Others are ah-ha moments. I love seeing the development though! It gives me hope to move forward. :)

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Big hugs Exavatar!

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