It’s a Promise

Eleanor Roosevelt Head and Shoulders“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt


I remember early in my sobriety I tried to force the 9th Step Promises to come true. No matter how much I willed them into my life they always eluded me. Then I stopped focusing on them and started focusing on the spiritual principals I learned by working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Similar to Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote, the Promises are not the goal. They are the by-product of working the Steps and living a spiritual life. They don’t need to be willed into your life. They find you when you stop looking for them and start living AA’s spiritual program of recovery.

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