1, 2, 3, Trudge

Keeping it simple was the order of the day when I was new, as there was much to learn and comprehend. Of course, being the little smarty pants that I was; I tried to finish all Twelve Steps in a couple of weeks – which was promptly rejected by my sponsor. This was not a class, it was not something I would “learn” and then move on, it was a life changing, emotional balancing act that would require my participation for the rest of my life. This was a major life change in both thought and deed. It has taken a lot of people in the Program to “put me together,” again, LOL. The Program of A.A. has been a challenge, a blessing, and a personal discovery that has brought me to the edge of my seat a time or two. As it has turned out I can truthfully say that I continue to grow and change through the Program, through my Higher Power, God, and through the experience, strength, and hope of all those who have shared this path with me.

Photo courtesy of Tom S Amazing shot of trudging the Camino De Santiago!!
Photo courtesy of Tom S
Amazing shot of trudging the Camino De Santiago!!

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2 thoughts on “1, 2, 3, Trudge

  1. “Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely”.

    In our old ideas lurks the father of lies.

    The Devil’s Strategy

    How the evil spirit instructs his servants to lead people to ruin: First they are to tempt them to covet riches that they may the more easily attain the empty honors of this world, and then come to overweening pride

    The first step, then, will be riches, the second honor, the third pride.

    From these three steps the evil one leads to all other vices. —The Spiritual Exercises 142

    The evil one uses things that are not evil in themselves— material possessions, a concern for one’s reputation, and self-regard. It’s a clever progression, a slippery slope, an abuse of one thing leading to another.

    Manney, Jim. An Ignatian Book of Days (p. 279). Loyola Press. Kindle Edition.

    Grapevine Quote

    October 8
    “I know what the temptation of fame and money really is … I was once a breaker of anonymity myself. I thank God that years ago the voice of experience and the urging of wise friends took me out of that perilous path into which I might have led our entire Society.”
    AA Co-Founder, Bill W., January 1955
    “Why Alcoholics Anonymous Is Anonymous”
    The Language of the Heart

    I love a mystery.
    “God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform”.

    The devious one works in sneaky and tricky ways his devilishness to accomplish.

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

  2. I went through the Steps fairly quickly and over about 6 months. Looking back, I think (under the surface) I was still digesting Step One and then, after about a year, looped back to Steps Two and Three. The other Steps seem to “fall in place” but the first three took a while and still have to practice them all on a daily basis.

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