troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise
out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of
self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so. Above
everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We
must, or it kills us!
For so many years my life revolved solely around myself. I
was consumed with self in all forms--self-centeredness, self-pity,
self-seeking, all of which stemmed from pride. Today I have
been given the gift, through the Fellowship of Alcoholics
Anonymous, of practicing the Steps and Traditions in my daily
life, of my group and sponsor, and the capacity--if I so choose--to
put my pride aside in all situations which arise in my life.
Until I could honestly look at myself
and see that I was the problem in many situations and react
appropriately inside and out; until I could discard my expectations
and understand that my serenity was directly proportional
to them, I could not experience serenity and sound sobriety.