Christina Rossini in “The Millennial Corner”
(note from Randy: Christina is a participant in our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis, and a high-energy thinker and leader. Read about her at her LinkedIn page by clicking here).
Alcoholics Anonymous, for many, is a recipe for how to live a healthy, fulfilled life. Tenants such as rigorous honesty, spiritual awakening, gratitude, and service to others are just a few pillars cemented in this twelve-step program. Time magazine named Bill Wilson, one of the two founders of AA, one of the most influential people of the twentieth century.
Although I admire AA’s tenants and wisdom as a non-member spectator, knowing loved ones who live this twelve step program and practice the principles in all their affairs has taught me that AA really has figured out how to live a happy life.
Below are a few mottos from Alcoholics Anonymous, who literally wrote the book, and from which we can all take a page.
How important is it?
Mature adults don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. When we don’t over-exaggerate our reactions, we instead self-regulate and give an appropriate, intentional answer. Respond rather than react. Everything is temporary.
Live and let live
Would you rather be right or be happy? Having mercy on others means overlooking imperfections and smiling anyway. I know that whenever I point my finger, there’s three more fingers pointing back at me.
One day at a time
Focus only on what’s in front of us and be in the moment. Don’t project a catastrophe for the future that may or may not happen. Focus on controlling oneself in the present day, because we are the only thing we can control.
Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves…and when we are wrong, promptly admit it
Always be taking stock in ourselves, and strive for constant personal development. Self-awareness, self-regulation & empathy are qualities it’s hard to have too much of. And then we must stop just thinking about getting better–we must do the work.