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 experience of others, willingness is [...]
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 drugs and alcohol, Step Two [...]
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 its true meaning, but do [...]
Before I got sober, I was ruled by fear. I often hear in twelve-step meetings the importance of turning my will and life over to a power greater than myself. Looking back throughout my life, I always was and am turning my life over to something, essentially giving it control. When I was using, I [...]
I was recently reading a passage in a book by the amazing Thich Nhat Hanh regarding Right Speech. It discussed a very interesting aspect of Right Speech that I had not fully considered before. Part of this practice is also learning to listen well. When practicing Right Speech, it is important to allow others to [...]
When I first entered the twelve-step community, I learned I was powerless over drugs and alcohol. As it was the first step I took, I learned it quickly. Looking back on my using career, I saw the powerlessness in every aspect of my life. My work suffered, I dropped out of school, I burnt bridges [...]