Thought for the Week

Timothy D. Stein, MFT, CSAT
October 22, 2018

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the basic tenets of 12-step programs is the giving of service.  It is no accident that this is an important part of the program.  When we give service to others, we also receive benefits.  Whether this is taking a service position in a meeting, service as a sponsor, service in taking phone calls, service by providing support and guidance, or service by simply connecting with others in program.  When we give to others, the service we are providing does as much good for us as it does for others.

When have I given service to others?  What was the benefit to me?  What gifts await me as I continue to help others?