This Saturday I’m posting an AA reflection that has rang in my ears the most when I have needed it. There’s a lot about AA I can’t stand but I have to admitt AA has helped me stay sober on more than one occassion. Keep It Simple today guys.
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
Twelves Steps and Twelve Traditions pg. 21
It is no coincidence that the very first Step mentions powerlessness: An admission of personal powerlessness over alcohol is a cornerstone of the foundation of recovery. I’ve learned that I do not have the power and control I once thought I had. I am powerless over what people think about me. I am powerless over having just missed the bus. I am powerless over how other people work (or don’t work) the Steps. But I’ve also learned I am not powerless over some things. I am not powerless over my attitudes. I am not powerless over negativity. I am not powerless over assuming responsibility for my own recovery. I have the power to exert positive influence on myself, my loved ones, and the world in which I live.