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Ninth Step Promises

      Promises are made throughout the first 164 pages of the Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book," but nowhere else in the book are so many promises found in such short space as in Chapter 6, "Into Action," after the discussion of Step 9 ("Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.")
      Starting at the bottom of page 83 and continuing through the top of page 84 we find the following two, very hopeful paragraphs:

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