The Spirit Of Readiness

Carrying the message of A.A. is the first part of Step Twelve. The second part is to “practice these principles in all our affairs.”  There is a spiritual principle that serves as a guide to each of the Twelve Steps.  Step One is Honesty – can we honestly admit that we are powerless over alcohol?  Recovery requires complete honesty, if we are to claim sobriety.  We need to honestly look at our lives in the past if we are to have any hope for our future.  Step Two is Hope. Coming to believe in a power greater than ourselves gave me a feeling of hope I had never experienced before.  Step Three is Faith – I had to make a decision to turn my life and will over to a Higher Power, a power greater than me, and greater than my disease; a power I chose to call God.  This required faith in this power, faith in the Program and faith in my ability to claim sobriety.  Seeing the sobriety of others encouraged my own sobriety and gave me faith that I, too, could claim recovery.  Sharing my experience, strength and hope with others followed as I came to see the benefits of readiness to serve others – I am free to share, I am free to serve.  

5 thoughts on “The Spirit Of Readiness

  1. Readiness means being thoroughly prepared.
    So I am prepared by many years of sickening alcoholism and some experience in recovery which I might share.
    It’s called experience, strength and hope..

    Our suggestions:
    Don’t drink.
    Go to meetings.
    Don’t drink between meetings!
    Go to ninety meetings in ninety days.
    Get a Big Book.
    Read the Big Book.
    — With a sponsor.
    Do the steps.
    Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps we tried to carry this message to other alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

    Before we are halfway through we begin experiencing the promises.

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

  2. Loved the God and Dog by Wendy Francisco, thanks! Good to catch ya’ll again. YepI know, I’m the one who walked away but Ive been to a meeting the last to nights. Take care my friends

  3. Good morning
    First day of June. Thanks for reminding me of the principle’s of the first 3 steps. Recently i have been going over step 2
    Like Wendy and the dog im the one that walks away. Going to attend a meeting today. Also read today “Whatever is in your heart determines what you say” Luke 6:45 Have a blessed day. Namaste Tree

  4. Top of the morning family,
    Is Divine Mercy enough for me today?
    Am I enough today?
    Am I giving thanks / praise in all areas of my life today?
    Today, I learning that prayer doesn’t change His mind; it changes and transforms my heart’s spiritual battle rhythm.

    – From the book, “Touchstones”.
    The Third Step refers to “God as we understood Him.” The pathways to meeting our Higher Power and to our spiritual awakening are all around. Every tree and every leaf on every tree, as it rustles in the wind, expresses God in our lives. When the little bird flies overhead or when it comes to visit the feeder, we are being visited by a spirit. When the sky boils with a storm, when lightning and thunder crash, we are witness to power greater than ourselves with a history beyond the centuries. The beautiful works of art created by our fellow human travelers on this journey through life are expressions of their courage to reach out and create something. A line of music moves us and we feel the spirit.

    A child makes a drawing and gives it away. A neighbor helps you start your car. You treat the clerk at the checkout counter like a real person. Whatever word we use for God, if we decide to be open and receptive, we find God in the little details of our lives. Spiritual awakening is a wonderful daily occurrence.

    God, open my senses to take in your presence more fully.

    It’s a good day to have a thank you day.

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