Temporarily Having More To Give “Pay Forward” #267

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – Temporarily Having More To Give. Our Tradition Five states, “Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.” Carrying our message is a vital part of Alcoholics Anonymous. An alcoholic like other humans is never totally free of suffering. I choose to practice these principles in my affairs, which is to get the most out of sobriety, to do this daily is not an outside issue. I noticed a friend of mine whom I valued for the way she lived the Program, was experiencing depression. I asked if she was doing OK, she told me that she felt like killing herself, other than that she was OK. I asked why she did not bring up the subject at the meeting; she said she was afraid that others would think A.A. did not work. Others may say she was not working the Program to the best of her ability. At the time, she had nine years of great sobriety. She was active in Alcoholics Anonymous, and was working the Steps. She had an ongoing prayer and meditative life and was sponsoring people. By sharing my experience as a longtime member having gone through a time of the Dark Night Of the Soul; a Spiritual Transformation, I temporarily had more to give. By sharing my suffering experience, I realized it all has a purpose. Thy Love, Thy Will be done. “Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer” Niccolo Machiavelli. www.12stepworkbook.org/workshops

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