Sober since April 6, 2006


Monday, March 31, 2008

live usefully, walk humbly

"Still more wonderful is the feeling that we do not have to be specially distinguished among our fellows in order to be useful and profoundly happy. Not many of us can be leaders of prominence, nor do we wish to be. Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things -- these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes. True ambition was not what we thought it was. True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God."
--Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 124

I read this the other day at a meeting. It's what I'm trying to think about during my day.

Just checking in. I'm still sober, still employed, still looking for a job in another city, still engaged ... not much changes around here except for my attitude and outlook.

There are ups and downs but it all averages out well.


dAAve said...

all good

Anonymous Alcoholic said...

That is a great passage. If you keep taking that next right action, good things will come.

Anonymous said...

This is a great blog. You've been silent a while & I hope you'll come back.