“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, “They Stopped in Time,” Ch 17 (“Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict”), p 449.
Today, let me not only understand but fully accept as a requirement of my recovery, acceptance that I am absolutely powerless over alcohol and I can never drink again, acceptance of the consequences of my drinking and that I alone am responsible to them, and acceptance that recovery is more than physical and includes a massive rebuilding of my emotional and spiritual character. If I am simply IN recovery but not WITH it and carry even a hidden resentment that I cannot drink safely or a sense of being wronged because I have to clean up the mess I allowed alcohol to make of my life, the Program’s promise of serenity with myself and the world around me will be elusive. Today, I seek the humility to ask for absolute – and unconditional – acceptance that my alcoholism is MY responsibility, and so it is with my recovery. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014