The 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.

Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83-84

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