Saturday, March 4, 2017

March 4, 2017 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Saturday, March 4, 2017
 
Today, extend a kindness to someone and watch out for expecting something in return, even a simple thank you. Ask if we are selfless if we expect something in return. At a meeting, am I overtly or unconsciously seeking approval or congratulations if I say how many 24 Hours of sobriety I have if it has no relevance to the discussion? Might I have a motive? If I volunteer to drive someone unemployed and whose jobless benefits have run out to a meeting, how service-oriented - what kind of 12-stepper - am I if I suggest a couple of bucks for gas? And if the occasion comes up that I receive a token for however many 24 Hours I have, do I want it presented to me standing behind the speaker's podium, or do I prefer a private exchange with my sponsor? If I am honest enough to identify something other than a selfless reason for my "service," something is clearly wrong, maybe not enough to endanger my sobriety but certainly enough to crimp its quality. Today, if I get the opportunity to be of service to someone or if someone needs a simple kindness and I feel a twinge of indignation or anger if I get nothing in return, may I be indignant at myself for my selfishness - and get to work on it. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2017