The "Promises of Recovery" in Procrastinators Anonymous
I had some ideas for creating a document of "Promises of Recovery" for Procrastinators Anonymous.
Would love to hear your comments and ideas for phrases to add or edit ... and/or the order in which to present these ideas.
Additional phrasing could be inspired by our own experiences, strengths, and hopes.
Here is a "rough draft" of the "Promises of Procrastinators Anonymous":
- If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through.
- Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
- We will overcome our fears; and act with courage, integrity, and dignity.
- We will release ourselves from worry, guilt, and regret about our past and present
- We will move from hiding in denial to living in reality.
- Where once we felt despair, we will experience a newfound hope.
- That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
- We will no longer need to rely solely on others to provide our sense of worth.
- Healthy boundaries and limits will become easier for us to set.
- We will realize that we are enough; we will value ourselves and our contributions.
- We will trust the guidance we receive from our Higher Power and come to believe in our own capabilities.
- We will be able to risk failure to develop new hidden talents.
- Our Higher Power will now become our time manager.
- We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
- Though we may never be perfect, continued spiritual progress will reveal to us our enormous potential.
- 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.
-- Adapted from:
- The “Promises” of Alcoholics Anonymous
(which are taken from The Big Book of A.A., pages 83-84)
- The “Promises” of Al-Anon
(which are taken from the book "Survival to Recovery", page 269-70,
written by Al-Anon Family Groups Headquarters, Inc)
- The “Promises” of Adult Children of Alcoholics
- The “Promises” of Debtors Anonymous
- The reflection on “Spiritual Timing” from Clutterers Anonymous
- The “Promises” of Codependents Anonymous
Would love to see some ideas on this ... and more contributions. If you read the 6 links I just cited, you'll see the original versions of the "Promises" from each program, and get a clearer idea of what the promises are all about.
Note: The orginal A.A. Promises were written as a part of "Step 9" (making amends) .... but these ideas continue to inspire us in many situations.
It does seem that when a person has not only overcome their addiction/compulsion, but is actively living a "transformed uplifted life" (as a result of working the Steps) .... the person begins to embody the joys described in the Promises.