The original "promises" are in the book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
THE A.A. PROMISES
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
AA is full of wisdom like this.
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2012 17:43:16 GMT -8 by Susan P.
Post by Loving My Life on Oct 1, 2013 7:14:57 GMT -8
I wanted to re-post this, please read the "Love Addicts Promises" and The AA promises as well. And read these daily, and start believing the promises will come true for you also, if you keep working on yourself.
These promises came true for me, and continue to come true for me on a daily basis.
Keep coming back
One day at a time :-) :-). . .We can do together, what we could never do alone. :-) And a problem shared, is a problem cut in half. :-) :-)
I agree with all your thoughts. I would like to add something: 1. I can only do it just if I decided but I can not do it by myself (I need the help of all of you, of the groups and the 12 steps to do it) 2. I can only get these promises to my life if I work on it every day.
These are very beautiful. And so realistic. If I compare them to the "false promise" of the addiction, I see a great contrast. The addiction promises perfect bliss, escape, happily-ever-after fantasyland. These promises speak the truth. But of course they do not happen magically. As the AA big book says, "they will always materialize IF WE WORK FOR THEM."
As was pointed above, notice the "WE" (I can't do this alone, and to me this includes my Higher Power); and notice that word I sometimes hate, WORK.
Simple rule of the universe: I will get out what I put in. Or karma: "there is no free lunch, and I don't get away with anything."
Post by From the ashes on Jan 7, 2016 4:29:18 GMT -8
I love these promises, I'm going to copy and paste this to my note book.
“I vow to be the best person I can be first. I vow to seek out only those who nourish who I am, and to pass by those who would undermine me. I vow that I will never place the responsibility of my own happiness in the hands of anyone else. I vow that when I find love, I won’t cling to it because I know that I am strong enough without it, and that there is always enough love in the world.”