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AA Promises

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway 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.

Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a
new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path.

We have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way what the trouble is; we have put our finger on the weak items in our personal inventory.

Now, these are about to be cast out.

This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects.

This brings us to the Fifth Step in the program of recovery mentioned in the preceding chapter.

This is perhaps difficult—especially discussing our defects with another person.

We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves.

There is doubt about that. In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient.

Many of us thought it necessary to go much further.

We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so.

The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking.

Time after time newcomers has tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives.

Trying to avoid this humbling experience, they have turned to easier methods.

Almost invariably they got drunk.

Having persevered with the rest of the program, they wondered why they fell.

We think the reason is that they never completed their housecleaning.

They took inventory all right but hung on to some of the worst items in stock.

They only thought they had lost their egoism and fear; they only thought they had humbled themselves.

But they had not learned enough of humility, fearlessness and honesty, in the sense, we find it necessary until they told someone else all their life story.

More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life.

He is very much an actor.

To the outer world, he presents his stage character.

This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but knows in his heart he doesn’t deserve it.

The inconsistency is made worse by the things he does on his sprees.

Coming to his senses, he is revolted at certain episodes he vaguely remembers.

These memories are a nightmare.

He trembles to think someone might have observed him.

As fast as he can, he pushes these memories far inside himself.

He hopes they will never see the light of day.

He is under constant fear and tension—which makes for more drinking.

Psychologists are inclined to agree with us.

We have spent thousands of dollars on examinations.

We know but few instances where we have given these doctors a fair break.

We have seldom told them the whole truth nor have we followed their advice.

Unwilling to be honest with these sympathetic men, we were honest with no one else.

Its small wonder many in the medical profession have a low opinion of alcoholics and their chance for recovery!

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