Sept. 1, 2014 – Step by Step


serenity prayer 8Step by Step

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Today, I ask honestly if I have experienced the “spiritual awakening” required in Step 12, the culmination of fierce and thorough practice of the previous 11 Steps and mandated of us to be effective carriers of the Program’s message. There is no blanket answer if we have had that spiritual renewal for it is as unique to the individual as his or her program of recovery. But, in general, if I can say honestly that I no longer schedule my day around my drinking and don’t want to, if I can say I am healthier mentally and emotionally by taking on those character flaws that fed my drinking, if I can say in honesty that I want to help the addict still using, if I can admit that my will is self-will run riot and that the will of a wiser and stronger Higher Power must be my guide – then, and only possibly then, can I say I have undergone the awakening of a “new” and better character than the one that prevailed in my drinking and early stages of recovery. But, on the other hand, if I can say honestly I have not undergone a fundamental change in character, emotion, morality, I best backtrack to the very beginning, to Step One: “Admitted (I am) powerless …” And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014

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