Saturday, February 17, 2024

Feb. 17, 2024 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation


Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024

Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

The Seventh Promise

Self-seeking will slip away.

— Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

When we were using, constant self-seeking was our whole existence. Being forced to cut down or stop was impossible to imagine. It was an invasion of our right to live as we wished. It didn’t matter that our choice was creating physical suffering and mental anguish for us and those who loved us.

We were always on the defensive. Our answer to any accusation or plea to quit was always “it’s none of your business,” or “let me live my own life.”

With abstinence, we began to practice understanding, humility, gratitude, caring and sharing with others, open-mindedness, faith in our program‘s recovery Steps, love of others, and belonging in a world of positiveness and action. We are beginning to attain a life where we realize we are truly people who need people.

When I became abstinent, I learned that making constant spiritual progress is what life is truly all about, and the self-seeking slipped away.

Hazelden Foundation

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