049 Nine Elements Of Love – Unselfish

 

NINE ELEMENTS OF LOVE – SIXTH UNSELFISH

For 40 days I used this affirmation – I am unselfish out of enlightened self-interest. By giving of myself, I am a master receiver because I am proof that others give to others. I give but little when I give of my possessions. It is when I give of myself, Self that I truly give.

By the time most of us get to our Program, we have become mostly into self. "Selfishness, self-centeredness! That, we think is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred form of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate." (Page 62 of the Big Book)

I had worn everyone out, first my family and friends, in time everyone I knew. No one seemed to care about me because I had used him or her up. When I got into our Program, I was running on a survival mode and feeling that I had to look out for me, and I became so self-concerned. My problems became compounded by the fact I had no conscious contact or working relationship with a Higher Power. In effect the Program became my Higher Power. I was fortunate enough to join a group of workers in A.A., who believed in carrying our message.

I found myself giving of myself asking nothing in return because of the living example of the dedicated members of our group. I could see that it worked. No matter how bad I was feeling I could experience getting out of my sick mind even for a few minutes and when I returned to my self-centered problem it did not look so big. In a small way, I experienced myself sharing unconditional love, more concerned for someone else than myself. Our Program gives us so many ways we can practice unselfishness.

QUESTIONS

How do you express this Element Of Love – Unselfish?

Would you be willing to practice unselfishness in every area for 40 days?