Forming True Partnerships

But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and society at large that many of us have suffered the most. We have been especially stupid and stubborn about them. The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 53

Can these words apply to me, am I still unable to form a true partnership with another human being? What a terrible handicap that would be for me to carry into my sober life! In my sobriety I will meditate and pray to discover how I may be a trusted friend and companion.

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  1. Grapevine Quote

    July 12
    “It seems to me that one of the major purposes of the last three Steps is to keep us from complacency, to keep us growing so that we don’t fall back into our old, sick ways and perhaps even into active alcoholism.”
    West Henrietta, N.Y., October 2007
    “Step Ten: Up Close and Personal,”
    Emotional Sobriety II

    Partnership (marriage or any other committed relationship) is a perfect setting to use principles (Tools).

    We might try the four absolutes from the Oxford Group, honesty, purity (keeping God at the center), unselfishness and love (desiring the best and highest) which Dr. Bob. and Bill W. were infused with.

    How do we learn?

    Watch or envision one.
    Do one.
    Teach one.

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

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