“Just for today, I will do someone a good turn and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count.”
What a wonderful exercise to break free of the habit of performing a generous act in order to get something in return. As the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous clearly states, many times we are self- seeking when trying to be kind. Only when I execute a loving act with no expectations will I reap the true reward of giving. Benevolence does not take away from me. When there are no strings attached, everyone benefits.
When addicts and alcoholics are introduced to the 12-step program of recovery, the concept of attaining peace and fulfillment by giving to others is akin to speaking a foreign language. Addicts and alcoholics are inherently self-serving; it’s an aspect of the disease of alcoholism. The antidote is to practice the opposite. Getting out of oneself is vital for a sustained and happy recovery. Oddly enough, it feels so much better than self-obsession!
Every good and loving gesture we do nourishes the soul and contributes to a healthier world. These anonymous, positive actions are the building blocks of a spiritual well being. Self-esteem grows because I feel good about my actions. I am engaged in worthwhile pursuits.
When I put unconditional love into action, and when I give freely without expecting anything in return, I always receive more than I give.Share post