” ‘ I asked myself “Why can’t the Twelve Steps work to release me from this unbearable depression? ” By the hour, I stared at the St. Francis Prayer:” ” It is better to comfort than to be comforted.”
Suddenly I realized what the answer might be. My basic flaw had always been dependence on people or circumstances to supply me with prestige, security and confidence. Failing to get these things according to my perfectionist dreams and speculations, I fought for them. And when defeat came, so did my depression.
Reinforced by what grace I could find in prayer, I had to exert every ounce of will and action to cut off these faulty emotional dependencies upon people and circumstances. Then only could I be free to love as Francis had loved.
SOURCE: Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous