Freedom for me is both freedom from and freedom to.
The first freedom I enjoy is freedom from the slavery of alcohol.
What a relief! Then I begin to experience freedom
from fear -- fear of people, of economic insecurity, of
commitment, of failure, of rejection. Then I begin to enjoy
freedom to -- freedom to choose sobriety for
today, freedom to be myself, freedom to express my opinion,
to experience peace of mind, to love and be loved, and freedom
to grow spiritually. But how can I achieve these freedoms?
The Big Book clearly says that before I am halfway through
making amends, I will begin to know a "new" freedom; not the
old freedom of doing what I pleased, without regard to others,
but the new freedom that allows fulfillment of the promises
in my life. What a joy to be free!