Definition of Service: the action of helping or doing work for someone.
Synonyms of Service: assistance, kindness, help, aid, courtesy, benevolence, giving, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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Service is a sure way to stay sober.
Helping someone else stay sober helps us stay sober.
And service frees us from self-will. –Keep It Simple | More…

We who have learned to put our drink problem in God’s hands can help others to do so.
We can be used as a connection between an alcoholic’s need and God’s supply of strength. My helping hand is needed to raise the helpless to courage, to strength, to faith, to health.  –24Hours | More…

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Service can bring out both the best and the worst in us. It is often through service that we begin to get in touch with some of our more pressing defects of character. –Just for Today | More…

To be of maximum use to the Creator, we must ready ourselves to do so. To become a channel for His purposes, we must prepare ourselves to do so.

If we have resentment, fear, selfishness, or anger, we must be rid of these things. We must change ourselves. We must ask for forgiveness for ourselves and forgive our brothers and sisters.

We must keep our insides clean. We cannot use our power in a good way when we have blockages such as hate, judgement, and envy.

When we are free of these things the Higher Powers can use us beyond our wildest imagination. Then we can really help ourselves and help other people. –Elders | More…

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The “Steps” to self- improvement have small beginnings, but each Step builds the “ladder” out of the pit of despair to new hope. Honesty becomes my “tool” to unfurl the “chains” which bound me.

A sponsor, who is a caring listener, can help me to truly hear the message guiding me to freedom. –Daily Reflections | More…

Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs. I was filled with self-pity, anger and resentment.

Then I learned that by helping others, with no thought of return, I could overcome this obsession with selfishness, and if I understood humility, I would know peace and serenity. –Daily Reflections | More…

Service means work we do for others.  It’s the backbone of our program. The reason is simple. Service to our Higher Power and to others breaks down our wanting to be self-centered. –Keep It Simple | More…

Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.
To be in a position of offering true, useful and effective service to others, I must first work on myself.

This means that I have to abandon myself to God, admitting my faults and clearing away the wreckage of my past. Work on myself has taught me how to find the necessary peace and serenity to successfully merge inspiration and experience.  –Daily Reflections | More…

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In our illness, we are takers. Now, we’ve changed this around. We are now givers. Giving is a big part of recovery. Our word for it is service.

Our program is based on care, respect, and service.
Our program tells us to “practice these principles in all our affairs.”

The healing power of recovery is love.
As we give love and kindness to others, we heal. Why?
Because people grow by giving kindness and love to others. –Keep It Simple | More…

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It seems the more I give to Alcoholics Anonymous, the better my life gets. –Tucson, Ariz., May 2004/”The Fugitives,”  Spiritual Awakenings II/Grapevine

When I am not thinking about myself and my own reactions to events or circumstances, I find that they have been my happiest occasions. –Saratoga, Calif., May 1973/”Look Beyond Yourself,”/Grapevine

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