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 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 concentrating 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.
My takeaway: Yes. I must keep my ego in check.
(And especially my judgmentalism)
Many people today don’t want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety. Louis Kronenberger
If, as a member of Overeaters Anonymous, I still cannot accept honest answers I may be sentencing myself to a life of “fat serenity.” That may be the price of holding onto self-will, to the need to control through food and fat.
In OA, “winners” go to meetings, work the steps, have sponsors, make telephone calls and practice abstinence. Have I been hoping for an easier say? There is none. I am not exempt from the cause-and-effect principles that govern the lives of all people.
For today: God help me to see the truth about myself – to ask for the help I need and then use it.
My takeaway: Yes. I am reminded time and again of my inability regarding certain foods and eating behaviors. It’s back to Step 1 in a way.