Ceased Fighting

I wasn’t sure where I “fit” in the spiritual aspect of the Program, I just knew that I had found a place that gave me hope. Someone told me that I could use the “group” as a “higher power.” This made sense to me, I mean there were sober people in the rooms, something or someone had surely worked in their lives. Initially I was a little skeptical of their pronounced sobriety, but in time I came to know that they were truly sober, and many members had substantial time in recovery. My sponsor told me to focus on the recovery aspect of the Program, that the Spiritual “part” would come of it’s own accord. I did just that, and began to “work” the Steps. I believe that this “power” is the missing link to sobriety that other programs lack. That’s my belief, as we are each free to define and accept our own spiritual “being.” Open-mindedness and being willing were essential to this process. I had many questions but soon learned that this was common, as the Program was complex and required concentrated effort. The good news: there was no “time limit” to learn the Program, I had the rest of my life, one day at a time.
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6 thoughts on “Ceased Fighting

  1. Grapevine Quote

    September 24
    “While we readily share our views, perhaps one of the nicest things about the AA program is that we don’t always have to agree with each other.”
    Brooklyn, N.Y., June 1975
    “Self-Acceptance”
    Emotional Sobriety II

    As Dr. Bob was apt to say, “Trust God, clean house and help others”.

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

  2. “To Thine Ownself Be True” is stamped on the “chips” which are used to celebrate lengths of sobriety. That can mean many different things.

    For one thing, it means being honest about how I feel, and not just “going along with the crowd.” It means saying “no” when others may want to hear “yes.” It means going against the grain sometimes. It means expressing myself; my thoughts, feelings, likes and dislikes, as honestly as I can. It can also mean declining to participate in activities or behaviors that no longer work for me, or that I feel work against my goals, hopes and dreams. Above all it means finding the integrity to act in my best interest.

    I spent many years trying to get my father to approve of me. I have learned to let go of those old feelings of resentment and of needing the approval of others.

    Trudge well my friends, but trudge we must.

  3. It seems pretty simple to me,
    Go to meetings,
    Work the steps with your sponsor,
    And try to be of service to others( instead of thinking about yourself all the time)
    when ever you can!

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