Some people really seem to jump into the process of the 12 Step programs in their first years, while others seem only to test the waters. They wade in the shallows or just dip a toe in to gauge their own comfort level.
Well, we don’t have to be comfortable with any of the 12 Step process. We are only encouraged to work through the process and open ourselves up to the possibilities. It’s about trust, not comfort. We know that what we did before wasn’t working. It took many of us way too many years to admit it. We lost so much life time by resisting the obvious. When we hit our bottom and acknowledge that we don’t know how to do life, the next obvious thing to do is start learning how to live well.
My hope for the newcomers, or those just wading for a while, is that they’ll take the risk and jump right in from where they’re currently at. It’s so refreshing to start making the progress that we’ve been hearing other members share about in meetings. To actually experience it ourselves is a whole other level of learning that is second to none. Sure it seems scarey, or uncomfortable, or threatening. But the evidence is pervasive. People can and do recover, if they have the willingness and take action. It’s so simple – just a bit daunting. Many new things are – that’s okay. We are supported, encouraged and celebrated by our sponsors and other members as we take the risk and go forward with the process of the 12 Steps.
Affirmation for the Day – ” I am willing to do what it takes.”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
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