I knew there was a power greater than me, and greater than my disease of alcoholism. I could clearly see it in the members present at meetings. I began by choosing to listen rather than talk on at length about a recovery I had not yet experienced when I first came to AA. I began by getting comfortable with prayer and communion with God. I began by working towards acceptance, willingness, and being open-minded. I just kept coming back, time after time. I am keeping the plug in the jug, no matter what, but in the beginning, I just kept asking questions, searching out answers in the Big Book, and other literature. I began by accepting the fact of change in my life – for without change there could be no recovery. It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – this has certainly been true for me. My single step was the one I took over the door recently, and into the rooms of A.A.for Good!

Photo courtesy of ALBERT!
Photo courtesy of ALBERT!

8 thoughts on “HOW?

  1. MARCH 2
    Do not be discouraged.

    To share my experience strength and hope I want to tell you that I latched on to these 4 words with all my heart and soul as I began my foray through the 12 steps and the daily program of recovery.

    They still play in the background all the time.

    After all I am only making a bit of spiritual progress under the guidance of God as I understand him.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

    • PS had a joy filled chat with my uncle Robert who is 6 years older than I yesterday and he told me a tale about a lady who went to the doctor complaining of “silent gas”.
      After a thorough examination she asked, “Well doctor, what did you find?”
      He replied, “I find that you need a new set of hearing aid batteries!”

      I shared with Robert that I think about him almost every time I use the bathroom because I remember sharing a time with him in a “two hole” outdoor toilet when I was 3 or 4 years old and he told me, “Harry, use a lot of paper when you wipe”.

      Talk about a couple of old guys having a hoot of a laugh.



  2. What’s the difference between the words, complete and finished? Well there is no difference when looking into the definitions. So here’s a little quip. When you marry the right one you are complete, but if you marry the wrong one you are finished and if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are completely finished, lol
    Going to dig out from another snow storm this morning, wee. Go Kasich!

  3. I am finally learning that the longer I wallow in self, with all of its attendant
    symptoms, the longer I forego peace. As soon as I turn to Him, relief begins.
    Used to be I would just turn to the bottle and self indulgence.
    Sometimes slowly, really slowly, I learn this Better Way.
    Trust God, Clean House, Help Others…marching orders for the day.
    Grateful for the Gift

  4. I am going to take my cyber seat and listen today. I met with my new sponsor yesterday and looking forward to new lessons and pruning my roots, as much as it might hurt, I know the loving presence of my HP is with me, to protect me and correct me. To heal me and guide me in His Loving Ways. Namaste, Tree

  5. Top of the morning family,
    One time my well’er asked me in which steps are H.O.W specifically addressed. I allocated each spiritual HOW principal to each corresponding step. Then he directed me to move each principal down the steps; and a third time. H.O.W. paraded me to WOH! Each principal is patterned in every step.
    As Joe and Charlie mentioned:
    Our will is our thinking
    Our life is our actions

    The problem is always the person in the mirror.
    I won’t achieve the psychic change until I’m honest with myself.
    Now, what action am I going to do?

    Its a good day to have a good day.

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