Choosing Service

Service work is not something we do only in connection to the 12 Step programs.  We can also contribute to the greater community through a myriad of non-profit events and activities for we are each responsible for stewarding our planet with our personal life talents. 

Saturday, my husband and I attended training for an event that happens twice a year to help the homeless.  We think the work done by this non-profit is admirable and so worthwhile for our entire community.  Other ways that we serve are less obvious than this event.  Sometimes, service work is as simple as a smile to a stranger on the street – perhaps the only one they receive that day.  It’s good for them to receive it, and might be even be more helpful for them when they return it, which they inevitably tend to do.

When considering the type of service work we participate in, it’s helpful to think about the many categories in which we can all contribute.  Both in the 12 Step Programs – volunteering as a trusted servant or at an event, sponsoring, telling our stories at a treatment center or family program, or in our local or global communities we have many opportunities.  Being thoughtful and deliberate in our choices can lead us to results that are overwhelming in the way they touch others.  I’ve found them to be very moving and heartwarming for me, without exception.  And we’ve committed to participating throughout the year.  It keeps us grateful for our many blessings, and passing it on as the Programs teach us – so we can keep it.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am making a difference for someone today. ”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

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