Archive for the 2nd Step Category
Willingness is one of the keys to my sobriety. In early recovery as much as today, I must maintain an open mind and a willingness to learn something new. Whether it is accepting a Higher Power into my life, letting character defects go, getting a sponsor, or listening to the [...]
“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.” -Henri J. M. Nouwen “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin “I believe God is managing affairs and [...]
“There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life [...]
“God can move mountains, but please bring a shovel.” -Unknown “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. And lo, no one was there.” -Unknown “Faith makes things possible, not easy.” -Unknown
The Third Step of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” I find the main principle behind this step to be faith.
The Second Step of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we “came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” The principle behind this step is hope. The Second Step is essentially the opposite of the First Step. While in Step One, we admit our powerlessness over [...]
Great post! Thanks for the heads up that this was here; I am glad I read it! I really like the focus on the word “powerless”, as you discussed in the post a little while ago. I think that powerlessness is an interesting word. I do not necessarily agree with [...]