Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, you are dreadfully like other people.
— James Russell Lowell
Sharing our many experiences with our friends in Twelve Step meetings helps us understand how very similar we all are. We are unique only in the sense that each of us has a special contribution to make in life, one not quite like anyone else’s.
Keeping secrets from others can make us fearful. We think. Could they really like me if they knew this? Yet we feel profound relief when we share our most shameful secrets in a meeting and the men and women listening to us don’t blink an eye.
We no longer find rewards from pretending we’re someone we’re not. Our greatest reward now is the peace we experience from not having anything to hide. We have learned genuine humility and that we are equals with other people. No better, no worse.
Today I will enjoy the serenity of having no more secrets and will celebrate my humanity.
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In God’s Care by Karen Casey
In God’s Care by Karen Casey. Copyright 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of Hazelden.