See Page 449

See page 449

At one time or another almost all newcomers have experienced the following. They found themselves talking to their sponsor. At some point in the conversation they began to complain about some aspect of their lives. In the middle of a sentence their sponsor interrupted them and said, “Go get your copy of the Big Book and turned to page 449”. Upon opening to that page, the newcomer reads one of the most important passages from the book. That passage is about acceptance. It says in part, “I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, or thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment”. Even after reading it, many newcomers still don’t get it. They continue complaining about some aspect of their life. Their sponsor then tells them to reread the passage and meditate or journal on it. At some point, a light bulb goes off and the newcomer (or sometimes even an old timer) gets it. They come to understand that placing blame on others is a total and absolute waste of time. From a spiritual perspective, we believe that our Higher Power has sent us whatever we are going through and that we can grow through the process of dealing with it.

Personal Reflection: Do I need to read page 449 today?

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