Daily Reflections: June 29, 2018

A RIPPLING EFFECT

“Having learned to live so happily, we’d show everyone else how. …Yes we of A.A. did dream those dreams. How natural that was, since most alcoholics are bankrupt idealists. …So why shouldn’t we share our way of life with everyone?”
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 156

The great discovery of sobriety led me to feel the need to spread the “good news” to the world around me. The grandiose thoughts of my drinking days returned. Later, I learned that concentration on my own recovery was a full-time process. As I became a sober citizen in this world, I observed a rippling effect which, without any conscious effort on my part, reached any “related facility or outside enterprise,” without diverting me from my primary purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

From the book Daily Reflections
© Copyright 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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