The Bright Spot of Our Lives
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous tell us that “[p]ractical experience shows that nothing will so much ensure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail.” It goes on to say that “Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship group up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” Those of us at Ocean Recovery would like to testify to the veracity of these words. These truths are what drives our work. And the principle that underlies these sentiments is service.
A Spiritual Calling
The twelfth principle is where we put all of what we have learned into practice. Furthermore, it is where the spiritual aspect of the program really comes into play. All of the major spiritual traditions in the world call on us to help each other. Bible verses are full of God’s commands to help others. For example, Luke 6:28: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” The Quran says to “help one another in acts of piety and righteousness.”
Compare these to the Talmud, which tells us that, “Iron breaks stone; fire melts iron; water extinguishes fire; the clouds consume water; the storm dispels clouds; man withstands the storm; fear conquers man; wine banishes fear; sleep overcomes wine, and death is the master of sleep; but ‘Charity,’ says Solomon, ‘saves from death’.” Meanwhile the Buddha says that “if you light a lamp for somebody, it will also light your path.” Being of service to others is the highest spiritual calling we can answer to.
The Culmination of All Our Hard Work
The quote from the Buddha should have a particular resonance to those of us working a program of recovery. To quote the Big Book again, “we can only keep what we have by giving it away.” It’s the means by which we practice our principles. Love, humility, discipline, willingness – they all shine forth we when help others. Furthermore, being of service helps to build our self-esteem and our confidence. We stop thinking of ourselves as isolated, selfish addicts and start seeing ourselves as helpful, caring members of a community.
Real Courage Means Asking for Help
Service is a cornerstone of the community at Ocean Recovery. Ocean Recovery. We have been helping men and women overcome substance use disorders since 2002. We have also made numerous appearances on Dr. Phil to assist with his difficult cases. At our facilities in Newport Beach, California, we’ve helped hundreds of clients overcome their disorders and live happy, contented lives. If you or someone you love is struggling, please give us a call today. Real courage means asking for help. Ocean Recovery is ready to answer.