Lately, as I’ve been “officially” finishing up the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, with my sponsor, I’ve found the need to go back to certain steps and really delve into them. The most striking difficulty I’ve found is the difference between how the BB of AA defines them versus the book, “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”. The only claim to authorship of the “12 x 12″, is on the front cover where it says,”A co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous tells how members recover and how the society functions.”

The problem I’ve encountered is that in the “12 x 12”, many paragraphs are filled with “isms”, the majority being sexism! Back in the 40’s, society was very sexist. The majority of self proclaimed alcoholics were men and male/female equality was fairly nonexistent! Long story short, I found the most insight of the steps from the BB. As two of our sayings goes, “keep it simple” and “take what you need and leave the rest”!

So, if you are confused or overwhelmed by doing the steps using the “12 x 12”, go back to where it began, the first 164 pages of the big book of “Alcoholics Anonymous ” and more specifically, Chapters 5 & 6, “How it Works” and “Into Action”, respectively.

A departure from my usual reflections except that it’s how I’m staying sober today and it’s how I’m working the steps today. Have a wonderful Monday! I hope everyone is well and a shoutout to Tom S, who is recovering from surgery, brilliantly!
I’m Maggie, a recovering alcoholic who’s very grateful we have such an amazing book as a spiritual guideline to a lifetime of recovery from alcoholism!

Photo and Reflection courtesy of Maggs!!

Photo and Reflection courtesy of Maggs!!