Addiction & Selfishness – AA Daily Reading



Self-improvement  We’re told again and again that we have to be selfish about our own recovery,  but this seems to be in conflict with the fact that selfishness is the root of our problem.  How can selfishness be both good and bad?

The selfishness we need for recovery is a devotion to self-improvement,  rather than the selfish indulgence that made us sick.  One is a giving of ourselves,  the other is frantic taking that leads to destruction.   The person who seeks self-improvement is competing only against his or her former self.   The sick brand of selfishness,  on the other hand,  is usually involved in unhealthy competition with others.

There is an easy way to test whether our selfishness is the right kind.  If our conduct leads to long-term happiness and higher self-esteem,  it is probably right.  If it harms us or others,  something is wrong.  We can correct this by getting back to the basics of the program and pursuing self-improvement rather than self-indulgence.

Just for today,  I will take part only in that which will obviously benefit everyone.  I will not put my own concerns ahead of others ; but at the same time I will not let others take advantage of me.






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