March 4, 2014 – Step by Step

Step by Step
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Today, if I extend a kindness or common courtesy to anyone but catch myself expecting something in return, even a simple “thank you,” I have to ask how I am selfless if I expect anything 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 Twelfth-Stepper – am I if I “suggest” a couple of bucks for gas money? And if the occasion comes up that I receive a token for however many 24 Hours I have acquired, do I want it “presented” to me standing behind the speaker’s podium, or do I prefer a private exchange of support from my Sponsor? If I am honest enough to identify anything but a fully altruistic reason for my “service,” something is clearly wrong, maybe not enough to endanger my sobriety but certainly wrong enough to crimp the quality of it. Today, if I get the opportunity to be of service to someone or if someone needs a simple kindness but if I feel a slight twinge of indignation or anger if I get nothing in return, may I be indignant at myself for my hypocrisy – and get to work on it. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014

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