from "Our Primary
Purpose" newsletter for Ottawa Area Intergroup, December
Area Intergroup, December 2001
I have been sober since
December 1985, and I recently jotted down the following
list, under the heading
YOU KNOW YOU’RE
GROWING IN SOBRIETY WHEN:
1. You spend a lot more
time being grateful than you once did.
2. You are far less frequently
disturbed, angry, or annoyed.
3. When you think about
the past, it’s mostly in the context of today’s
recovery and tomorrow’s promise.
4.. There are a lot more
people in your life – and not only people in the
Fellowship. You enjoy your day to day activities and associations.
5. The mention of God
or religion no longer makes you uncomfortable. Instead
of agonnizing about the big issues or debating the existence
of a Supreme Being, you are discovering a quiet assurance
that you are loved and that life is a precious gift.
6. Others tell you that
you are a lot more tolerant than you used to be; you are
more able to allow others to say, do, and be what they
wish without affecting you. Very infrequently do you allow
someone else to rent space in your head!
7. Gradually, you seem
to be discovering real communion with others and with
God. Sometimes, at meetings, it’s as if God were
speaking through these other, very human men and women
who are sharing the wonder of recovery
8. Bit by bit, you have
been learning that you can be helpful to others –
in AA, to be sure, but also in your family and a larger
circle of acquaintances.
9. When you occasionally
get off-course and seem to be sliding back, you have resources
quickly available to diagnose and resolve the problem.
You have people you trust who understand and care about
you, and you have those twelve wonderful Steps to a more
abundant life in the miracle that is Alcoholics Anonymous.