Aug. 29, 2014 – Step by Step

serenity prayer 5Step by Step

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

TodayI must understand that serenity in recovery comes from within and not from people and things on the outside. I wasted too much time, emotion and energy in my drinking days searching and even clinging to outside things and people in whom I vested my sobriety. But now I must accept that my sobriety comes from within. I no longer can demand or hope that the world and other people can change to accommodate my recovery but that I must change myself to fit into the world and the people in it. AA gives me the road map to arrive at such a lofty destination, in Step Four: “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Steps Five, Six and Seven, then, guide us through the admission to God, to ourselves and another human being the “exact nature” of the wrongs we find in Step Four and through asking God to remove our shortcomings. The Steps are dependent on action by me, not someone or something else. Today, I begin assuming responsibility for both my addiction and recovery. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014


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