An Honest Inventory


Honesty is a key factor in doing my Step work. It serves as the first spiritual principle for that reason.  If I don’t dig deep enough to uncover my truth, there is little chance of attaining sobriety, let alone recovery.  I had to come to terms with my part in my life, I was not always the victim.  There were times and incidences that were initiated by me, which only served to deepen my need for a spiritual connection.  I lied, I cheated, I stole – that’s just the beginning of my character defects.  It was truly a relief and a blessing to “air out” all my poor behaviors to see them for what they really are.  I no longer lie, cheat or steal – in any sense.  Sometimes honesty is a struggle for me, but for the most part, I have found it to be both a comfort and a joy; thanks to the Steps and the Program we lovingly call A.A




There are Steps to work, there are Traditions to understand and work, there are Concepts at General Service level, and there are the Spiritual Principles, which relate to the Steps.  There is the history of the Program and how it evolved into what it is today and how it was started with two people trying to stay sober a day at a time. Then there are the many lessons that continue to teach me new ways of living, new ways of thinking and new ways of believing in both myself, and my Higher Power.  It is truly a miracle – this mountain of knowledge, understanding, and self-education that is all incorporated into “The Program.”  It’s amazing.

Repetition Road


In our journey into recovery, it seems as if we keep traveling the same road over and over.  Wasn’t that how our illness began and how it was maintained?  That we kept repeating the same behavior but expected different results?  Although the answer to both these questions is yes, we aren’t repeating ourselves the same way we used to.  Recovery requires that we travel the same road again and again, but only until we learn what riding down that road has to teach us. I am blessed to have learned!!!

For The Good Of All


The Program of Alcoholics Anonymous has a spiritual foundation and our common welfare comes first.  Personal recovery is the basis of our first Tradition, it is our hope and prayer for a better way of living.  It calls for unity of all members, those who are new to A.A., and those who have been members for many years.  We must stay the course that those who are yet to come will find the doors open and a chair with their name “written” on it.  The Steps and Traditions work in tandem with each other; the first – the Steps – enables us to get sober; and the last – the Traditions – enables to stay sober.  A unique stability is born of these two ideals, they truly exist for the good of us all.

The Impatient Heart


I came to an understanding of the Program on a day by day basis, it did not happen suddenly.  I listened to others tell their stories, and heard much of my story from the mouths of others.  I knew I had found many others who shared my sadness and my hope, each buried deep within my heart.  Now, all these years later, I see and hear newcomers who are experiencing the same doubts and the same hopes as I had.  I know this Program works. I must stay the course, change does happen. Life can be one of peace, serenity, and happiness.  I’m giving the Program time and being patient. I have faith in God, faith in the Program, and faith in myself. Recovery does work!!

Bargain With God


Hi my friends. Im back from treatment. Im blessed to be able to continue my journey on this earth. Ive missed blogging, but I did journaling which brought me to a new understanding.

The Program of Alcoholics Anonymous brought me to a new life and a new way of living.  I have learned how to live by using the Steps and the Traditions of A.A. I have learned that Alcoholics Anonymous is a spiritual program that teaches me to live by the spiritual principles, that my behavior is more kinder, honest and forgiving of my own and others wrongdoing.  Changing my behaviors has taken time and effort and I need to monitor my conduct so that the old ways don’t creep back into my life.  It has taken a team effort – there’s God, the Program of A.A., and last, but not least, is me.  Together I have a strength and wisdom borne of these three entities.  I am humbled, I am grateful and I am changed.



Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can’t say upon what occasion or on what day I came to believe in a power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now.”

“Came to believe!” I gave lip service to my belief when I felt like it or when I thought it would look good. I didn’t really trust God. I didn’t believe He cared for me. I kept trying to change things I couldn’t change. Gradually, in disgust, I began to turn it all over, saying: “You’re so omnipotent, you take care of it.” He did. I began to receive answers to my deepest problems, sometimes at the most unusual times: driving to work, eating lunch, or when I was sound asleep. I realized that I hadn’t thought of those solutions–a Power greater than myself had given them to me. I came to believe.

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