Financial Insecurity - Recovered 662


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The Big Book
The 12 and 12
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This is the time of year when
Fear of Financial Insecurity can be stressful

The credit card bills from the holiday spending are on the way,
and now as a sober person,
we are supposed to pay them off.

The 9th step promises include:
Fear of people and of
economic insecurity will leave us.

The promise doesn’t say
financial insecurity will leave us,
it says the fear
of financial insecurity will leave us.

It implies that it is normal to have financial insecurity
we just don’t have to have the fear.

This has probably been the most difficult
part of recovery
my Fear
and fear specifically to my financial life

I can let go of controlling alcohol

I have a hard time letting go of financial fear

so how do we do this, this is what I’d like to explore tonight

But let’s start with some definitions
Let’s start with some basic understandings

Fear of people and of
economic insecurity will leave us.

What does this mean to you?
Why is fear dangerous to the alcoholic?
How does the program help with fear?

What does it mean to you to have financial insecurity without fear?
How does your higher power play a role here?

The 12 and 12 reads:
Upon entering A.A., the spectacle of years of waste threw us into panic.
Financial importance was no longer our principal aim;
we now clamored for material security.

Years of waste threw us in a panic….Can you relate to this experience?

What does financial importance mean to you?
How is clamoring for material security a bad thing in recovery?

The 12 and 12 reads:
Even when we re-established in our business,
terrible fears often continued to haunt us.
This made us misers and penny-pinchers all over again.
Complete financial security we must have -- or else.

Thoughts, comments, experiences?

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12 and 12 reads
We forgot that most alcoholics in A.A.
have an earning power considerably above average;
we forgot the immense good will of our brother A.A.'s
who were only too eager to help us to better jobs when we deserved them;
we forgot the actual or potential financial insecurity
of every human being in the world.
And, worst of all, we forgot God.
In money matters we had faith only in ourselves, and not too much of that.
Your thoughts on having faith in our sobriety,
but not in our financial matters?
Now, the solution
Losing Financial Fears
When a job still looked like a mere means of getting money rather than an opportunity for service,
looks like the book is telling us that using our financial gifts as a tool for service is the key
when the acquisition of money for financial independence looked more important than a right dependence upon God, we were the victims of unreasonable fears. And these were fears which would make a serene and useful existence, at any financial level, quite impossible. But as time passed we found that with the help of A.A.'s Twelve Steps we could lose those fears, no matter what our material prospects were. We could cheerfully perform humble labor without worrying about tomorrow. If our circumstances happened to be good, we no longer dreaded a change for the worse, for we had learned that these troubles could be turned into great values, for ourselves and for others.
Money as a gift to be used for others, your thoughts?
ABSI 75: TWELVE AND TWELVE, PP. 121-122
Fear
Greed
possessiveness
pride
how are these character defects the friend of financial insecurity?
What steps, prayers, what tools of recovery help?

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