Toast wrote:I’ve often though maybe my higher purpose in life is just to be an example of what you can do with your life with the help of AA.
Well. Perhaps I'm on the right track after all.
I was kind of shocked to see your quote as the first part of your comment. That's precisely what I had been thinking and I went to great effort to not say it. LOL.
I really related to what Then & Only Then posted, too. Because that ties right in with it.
God's will for me: "Stay sober. Clean house. Help others. And, enjoy the life that He has given me."
For me, it's all part of One.
I can't stay sober -- without cleaning house and helping others.
I won't stay sober -- if I'm not enjoying the life that He has given me.
The only way that I can help others is: to be an example of God's plan and tools -- and how they have worked to improve my life and to keep me sober, and showed me how to enjoy the life He has given me.
I'm an Example. I used to think that, Sometimes, I'm a good example. And, sometimes a horrible example.
Then, I realized that I'm ALWAYS a good example. How's that?
I'm a good example of how to really screw a life up -- doing what I did. And,
I'm a good example of how I got better by doing what I did.
Perhaps, an Example of "What to do", and other times
an Example of "What not to do."
I used to think "Oh! Yes. I can help another alcoholic!" Lately, I've been thinking -- "No. I can't really help them. I can only be an example -- and THEY will make their own decision and THEY will take their own actions -- to help themselves." Hopefully, if they see that I am staying sober and I am happy while sober, and that my life is working -- as a result of "what I did" -- they will decide whether they are going to do it or not. So, the only way I can truly help them is: "To be an Example of How it has Worked for me."
My sobriety does not depend on "IF" I have helped others -- but it does depend on "IF" I have TRIED to help others.
If I've tried -- I've been an example.