In my last article I talked about selfishness and how it can affect “having it all:. This article is another look at what having it all may mean.
Back to AA again, the primary goal of AA in addition to stopping drinking and drugging is to find serenity. I believe that is what we really want and having it all may be just that.
The first steps in AA are admission that we can’t control much at all and must look to God for control. That means that we do things His way, and trust him for the outcomes. Sounds easy, but it isn’t. I think we all have a strong desire to control our lives; some do to some extent, others get into trouble when they learn they can’t. When we can’t we get frustrated and we may act out with anger, envy, guilt, alcohol use and many other ways that are self defeating.
With serenity as a goal we may look at having it all differently. First:
• We will seek out how God says we should live, not our will but His be done
• We will trust him for results when we are in his direction
• We will put others first as in the Great Commandment: Love God and your neighbor as yourself
• We will keep our relationships clean; making amends where necessary
• We will help others along the way, not just focus on ourselves
This is a simplification of the 12 steps of AA, pardon me if I over simplified. But I think these are the primary issues they deal with. I believe we also need to make a living in order to support our needs and our families needs. By doing that we will experience the self worth of supporting ourselves. That is my addition to happiness!
They say money doesn’t bring happiness, I don’t think power doesn’t either.
If you really want to have it all I think serenity is what you want!