Anonymity – Our Gift “Pay Forward” #75

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is - Anonymity – Our Gift. Last night in a steering committee, a person was unhappy because they were not getting credit for a job well done. I have been on both sides of that coin. I’ve felt at times I was getting too much credit or too little. This morning’s prep-work reading was Tradition Twelve. “The spiritual substance of anonymity is sacrifice. Because A.A.’s Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal desires for the common good, we realize that the sacrificial spirit – well symbolized by anonymity – is the foundation of them all.” “We give but little when we give of possessions, it is when we give of ourselves that we truly give.” Seeking unearned credit is breaking the spirit of anonymity. Another signal that I’m not looking to our Father as my only Source. Returning to love, our Father transforms my weakness into opportunities, taking down the walls I built around my heart, sharing the love we are, serving one another. Real credit comes from within not without. Any loving service we can do let us do it with a free heart mind and soul. Let us not defer or neglect it, for we shall not pass this way again. Giving and serving is truly enlightening self-interest. “It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding; And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving” Kahlil Gibran. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.

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