2,392.  I’m guessing based on my weekly average thats how many 12-step meetings I’ve gotten myself to.  In many of these meetings various members take turns reading various things.

Today a woman I’ve never seen in the rooms before showed up and she volunteered to read “The Promises”.   She was handed the print out but she turned it over, shut her eyes, tilted her head slightly back and with a small tear running down her right cheek and a smile the size of the sun recited The AA Promises word for word.

I knew exactly what that tear and smile was all about, I was promised and received the exact same thing.


The AA Promises

  1. If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.
  2. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
  3. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
  4. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
  5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
  6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
  7. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
  8. Self-seeking will slip away.
  9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
  10. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
  11. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
  12. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Alcoholics Anonymous p83-84