The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.
-Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 21-22

I found hope at my first meeting. No one told me to leave, no one told me that I did not belong, and no one told me that I was in the wrong place. Just the opposite happened – I felt welcomed and accepted. I listened to others talk about their problems, which I expected, but then came a surprise – they talked about how the Steps helped them with those problems. It was more than a litany of problems, it was a way out of the darkness that had been my life for so many, many years. I heard solution, I heard hope and I heard understanding. There was so much to try and comprehend, then someone said I should Keep Coming Back, that this was a life-long program of change and growth, it was not a class that I would “graduate” from. I relaxed a little, knowing that it was a “process” not an “event.” Today it is my livelyhood.With outside help, the steps, a sponsor, and meetings….it’s a good day to have a SOBER DAY!!

Photo courtesy of Mark S. (Beautiful)
Photo courtesy of Mark S. (Beautiful)

5 thoughts on “Growth

  1. “When we are spiritually enlightened, nothing changes except the way we perceive, the way we use our mind.” William Houff.

    I just love it when someone has or is describing “what we are like now” and most times putting it in better words than I could.
    And I love to consider the process occurring in the doing of the 12 steps as we acknowledge our weakness and powerlessness, then come to believe that a higher power which most of us call God can restore us to sanity.
    As we venture further into this process we voluntarily commit our lives and our wills to the care (and I want to emphasize care) of God as we are coming to understand him.
    Then in the ensuing steps we come to the beginning of confession and purification as we make ourselves more ready for prayer and meditation.
    Next we proceed to spread the good news of our spiritual transformation and recovery from alcoholism to other alcoholics and to practice of these principles in all our affairs.

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

    • Recovery may be based a lot on intention.

      My good intentions certainly fell by the wayside under the influence of alcohol whether actively drinking or not.
      This sway of a lower power was constant and unremitting.

      As I turned towards a loving and caring Higher Power, his sway, His care became just this constant and unremitting.

      Viva la differance.

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

  2. Good catching up. it’s so easy to miss a day or so and that’s why I need to be accountable to more than one meeting and more than one persons which I am. I’m also available and aware to help others. I’m Dan grateful alcoholic.

  3. Good morning
    This transformational process, upon which we cannot embark until we acknowledge defeat.
    What an incredible thing…I had to lose in order to win.
    Grateful for the Gift

  4. Top of the afternoon family,
    If I let others tell me what to do, I’m going to wind up in insane in the membrane, If I place my trust in people, positions, and possessions, I’m set up for a lose lose scenario. Today, I don’t have to live up to your expectations; nor do you have to live up to mine.
    But there is One who has all power—that One is God. May you find Him..
    Today, Divine Mercy is as close as I will.

    Its a good day to have ice cream day =)

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