When we were drinking most of us never thought of helping others much less considered lifting a finger to do it. Yes, we would buy someone a drink because it made us feel like we were good and doing a good thing. But we really only used others for our own benefit, to make us feel like we were doing ok. To really go out and try to help somebody that needed help never occurred to us. To us, helping somebody looked like something only a sucker would do. But when we came into A.A., we began to try to help others. And we found out that helping others made us happy, even if it was only temporary, and also helped us to stay sober. Have I truly realized now that helping others really helps me? That there is happiness in helping others?
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