Thursday, January 3, 2013

{AA in Thailand} Daily Reflections JANUARY 3

 JANUARY 3
POWERLESS 
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our
lives had become unmanageable. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 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 a positive influence on myself, my loved
ones, and the world in which I live. 

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4 comments:

  1. We have a few people in our fellowship who seemingly in a bellicose manner declare they are no longer powerless.

    After all the step does say “we were………”, which is past tense but all our common sense advises us that on the matter of chemical dependency, once we are powerless, powerless we forever remain.

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  2. Yep. As I now approach smoking, I agree, once powerless forever powerless.

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  3. TOMORROW I WILL HAVE 1 YEAR CLEAN AND SOBER! WHOOOOOHOOOOO!!!

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